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Making Energy Efficiency Easier

Our trusted experts provide free advisory services to help streamline the process of making building improvements.

Here's How It Works:

  • We work with you one-on-one to understand your needs.
  • We connect you with qualified contractors to do the job.
  • We find cash incentives and financing to help pay for your upgrades.
  • We train your building staff so your building runs efficiently for years to come.
  • We support you every step of the way, from project start to finish.
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Want to be more comfortable at home?
Good news! We can help your property manager or building staff fix problems and save money. Send us their contact information and we'll reach out right away.

Simple Fixes. Big Results.

We can help you find the energy efficiency options that fit your building's unique needsso you can save thousands of dollars and help fight climate change.

Meet Our People

Learn about our building and energy experts, who'll be with you every step of the way.

Program Manager

Luke Surowiec


Luke Surowiec brings over a decade of experience working in New York City’s real estate industry, with a primary focus on the large multifamily and commercial building sectors. Luke previously served as a project manager for NYC Clean Heat, the predecessor to the NYC Retrofit Accelerator, which helped thousands of building decision-makers upgrade their heating systems to use cleaner fuels and improve efficiency. Luke also has experience managing large construction projects and consulting with clients on a wide range of energy solutions through his previous roles with local contracting firms. Luke holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Environmental Studies from Stony Brook University. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, a Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified professional, and sits on the board of the local Association of Energy Services Professionals chapter.  

Efficiency Advisors

Larry S. Katz


Larry S. Katz, who serves as the technical lead for our team of Efficiency Advisors, has three decades of experience working as an engineer. Prior to joining us, Larry lent his expertise to clients seeking energy efficiency solutions as an independent energy consultant. His experience includes conducting technical and financial analysis for project feasibility studies; advising capital and operational cost reduction projects for energy, lighting, and HVAC retrofits; and counseling energy procurement and demand management projects. He is also the co-author of Energy Calculations & Problem Solving Sourcebook, a guide for the Association of Energy Engineers’ Certified Energy Manager exam. Larry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University, and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and a Certified Measurement & Verification Professional (CMVP) through the Association of Energy Engineers.

Daphany Sanchez


Daphany Sanchez, who serves as the affordable housing lead for the Efficiency Advisor team, is a born-and-raised New Yorker who has more than seven years of expertise in sustainability, workforce development, and affordable housing. Before joining our team, Daphany worked on the NYSERDA EDGE program, where she led efforts to encourage the development of local energy projects throughout New York City and secured available NYSERDA funding for these projects. Daphany holds a Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management from The New School and a Bachelor of Science from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. She serves as a board member for the Young Leadership Council of the New York Housing Conference.

Andre Persuad


Andre Persuad is an Efficiency Advisor who has a strong background in property management, with nearly ten years of experience implementing a broad range of energy-related projects in large residential and commercial buildings. These projects included efficiency retrofits, energy procurement, demand management, and local law compliance. Prior to joining our team, Andre facilitated rebates as an Energy Advisor for Con Edison’s Demand Management and Commercial and Industrial incentive programs. Andre holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from York College.

Rosa Peña


Rosa Peña has more than five years of contracting, benchmarking, and energy auditing experience. Prior to joining our team, she was a project manager at a New York City-based general contracting firm, where she coordinated renovations of luxury apartment units, town houses, and mid-rise buildings. As a project manager for an energy consulting firm, she worked with clients to ensure compliance with local benchmarking and energy audit laws. Rosa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sustainable Urban Environment from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering with a specialty in Construction Management.

Anne Rahikainen


Anne Rahikainen brings more than 15 years of experience to our team, managing energy conservation and solar programs for non-profit institutions at a community-based organization in New Jersey. In this position, Anne worked closely with energy auditors, energy efficiency consultants, and solar contractors to implement projects. She also developed a specialized financing program for program participants. Anne holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell and a Master of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Washington. She is an Association of Energy Engineers Certified Energy Professional.

Sam Ting


Sam Ting is a native New Yorker who brings more than a decade of experience in property management to our team. In his previous roles, Sam helped attract prospective tenants to available properties, managed resident concerns and requests, and coordinated maintenance work. Sam has also managed lighting audits for large commercial facilities throughout New York and New Jersey as part of a local green workforce training program. Sam holds a Master of Science degree in Sustainability from the City College of New York and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Earth and Environmental Science from Brooklyn College. He also has Building Performance Institute Building Analyst (BPI-BA) and Multifamily Building Analyst (MFBA) certifications.

Valerie Corbett


Valerie Corbett has 30 years of experience in real estate development, project management, and financial services. Valerie founded an energy efficiency advisory firm and she has served as a Senior Vice President of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. She has also served on the NYC Department of Buildings’ Local Law 87/09 Rules Working Group and advised the NYC Mayor’s Office on the development of the NYC Carbon Challenge for Multifamily Buildings. Valerie has a LEED AP Building Design and Construction certification and is a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Multifamily Building Analyst. Valerie holds a Real Estate Finance Certificate from New York University, a Real Estate Development Certificate from Baruch College, a Master of Art in International Development from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Science from New York University.

Allen Hobbs


Allen Hobbs brings more than 26 years of experience to our team, with expertise in managing and translating data into actionable insights. As Senior Vice President and Counsel for a New York City-based energy efficiency advisory firm, Allen led the development of building-information databases for clients and helped them comply with local building energy laws, including Local Law 84, Local Law 87, and heating oil conversion projects. Allen is a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Multifamily Building Analyst and a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law and Hamilton College.

Meet Our Ambassadors

See who’s helping us spread the word about energy efficiency.

Ambassadors

These organizations actively promote our services to help more people experience the benefits of energy efficiency.

Our Purpose

Making Energy Efficiency Easier

Our trusted experts provide free advisory services to help streamline the process of making building improvements.

Here's How It Works:

  • We work with you one-on-one to understand your needs.
  • We connect you with qualified contractors to do the job.
  • We find cash incentives and financing to help pay for your upgrades.
  • We train your building staff so your building runs efficiently for years to come.
  • We support you every step of the way, from project start to finish.
Image Right: 
Want to be more comfortable at home?
Good news! We can help your property manager or building staff fix problems and save money. Send us their contact information and we'll reach out right away.

Simple Fixes. Big Results.

We can help you find the energy efficiency options that fit your building's unique needsso you can save thousands of dollars and help fight climate change.

Our People

Meet Our People

Learn about our building and energy experts, who'll be with you every step of the way.

Program Manager

Luke Surowiec


Luke Surowiec brings over a decade of experience working in New York City’s real estate industry, with a primary focus on the large multifamily and commercial building sectors. Luke previously served as a project manager for NYC Clean Heat, the predecessor to the NYC Retrofit Accelerator, which helped thousands of building decision-makers upgrade their heating systems to use cleaner fuels and improve efficiency. Luke also has experience managing large construction projects and consulting with clients on a wide range of energy solutions through his previous roles with local contracting firms. Luke holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and Environmental Studies from Stony Brook University. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, a Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified professional, and sits on the board of the local Association of Energy Services Professionals chapter.  

Efficiency Advisors

Larry S. Katz


Larry S. Katz, who serves as the technical lead for our team of Efficiency Advisors, has three decades of experience working as an engineer. Prior to joining us, Larry lent his expertise to clients seeking energy efficiency solutions as an independent energy consultant. His experience includes conducting technical and financial analysis for project feasibility studies; advising capital and operational cost reduction projects for energy, lighting, and HVAC retrofits; and counseling energy procurement and demand management projects. He is also the co-author of Energy Calculations & Problem Solving Sourcebook, a guide for the Association of Energy Engineers’ Certified Energy Manager exam. Larry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University, and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and a Certified Measurement & Verification Professional (CMVP) through the Association of Energy Engineers.

Daphany Sanchez


Daphany Sanchez, who serves as the affordable housing lead for the Efficiency Advisor team, is a born-and-raised New Yorker who has more than seven years of expertise in sustainability, workforce development, and affordable housing. Before joining our team, Daphany worked on the NYSERDA EDGE program, where she led efforts to encourage the development of local energy projects throughout New York City and secured available NYSERDA funding for these projects. Daphany holds a Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management from The New School and a Bachelor of Science from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. She serves as a board member for the Young Leadership Council of the New York Housing Conference.

Andre Persuad


Andre Persuad is an Efficiency Advisor who has a strong background in property management, with nearly ten years of experience implementing a broad range of energy-related projects in large residential and commercial buildings. These projects included efficiency retrofits, energy procurement, demand management, and local law compliance. Prior to joining our team, Andre facilitated rebates as an Energy Advisor for Con Edison’s Demand Management and Commercial and Industrial incentive programs. Andre holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from York College.

Rosa Peña


Rosa Peña has more than five years of contracting, benchmarking, and energy auditing experience. Prior to joining our team, she was a project manager at a New York City-based general contracting firm, where she coordinated renovations of luxury apartment units, town houses, and mid-rise buildings. As a project manager for an energy consulting firm, she worked with clients to ensure compliance with local benchmarking and energy audit laws. Rosa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sustainable Urban Environment from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering with a specialty in Construction Management.

Anne Rahikainen


Anne Rahikainen brings more than 15 years of experience to our team, managing energy conservation and solar programs for non-profit institutions at a community-based organization in New Jersey. In this position, Anne worked closely with energy auditors, energy efficiency consultants, and solar contractors to implement projects. She also developed a specialized financing program for program participants. Anne holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell and a Master of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Washington. She is an Association of Energy Engineers Certified Energy Professional.

Sam Ting


Sam Ting is a native New Yorker who brings more than a decade of experience in property management to our team. In his previous roles, Sam helped attract prospective tenants to available properties, managed resident concerns and requests, and coordinated maintenance work. Sam has also managed lighting audits for large commercial facilities throughout New York and New Jersey as part of a local green workforce training program. Sam holds a Master of Science degree in Sustainability from the City College of New York and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Earth and Environmental Science from Brooklyn College. He also has Building Performance Institute Building Analyst (BPI-BA) and Multifamily Building Analyst (MFBA) certifications.

Valerie Corbett


Valerie Corbett has 30 years of experience in real estate development, project management, and financial services. Valerie founded an energy efficiency advisory firm and she has served as a Senior Vice President of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. She has also served on the NYC Department of Buildings’ Local Law 87/09 Rules Working Group and advised the NYC Mayor’s Office on the development of the NYC Carbon Challenge for Multifamily Buildings. Valerie has a LEED AP Building Design and Construction certification and is a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Multifamily Building Analyst. Valerie holds a Real Estate Finance Certificate from New York University, a Real Estate Development Certificate from Baruch College, a Master of Art in International Development from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Science from New York University.

Allen Hobbs


Allen Hobbs brings more than 26 years of experience to our team, with expertise in managing and translating data into actionable insights. As Senior Vice President and Counsel for a New York City-based energy efficiency advisory firm, Allen led the development of building-information databases for clients and helped them comply with local building energy laws, including Local Law 84, Local Law 87, and heating oil conversion projects. Allen is a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Multifamily Building Analyst and a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law and Hamilton College.

Our Partners

Meet Our Ambassadors

See who’s helping us spread the word about energy efficiency.

Ambassadors

These organizations actively promote our services to help more people experience the benefits of energy efficiency.

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