Molly Janis
Program Development Manager

As program development manager, Molly develops and manages local building energy efficiency policies and programs across the Midwest including Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Her current focus is on creating productive utility-community partnerships to achieve shared goals of building decarbonization and climate change. She co-founded and served on CEE’s first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council from 2021-2023, and wrote the company’s first DEI policy in 2019.

Molly is a sustainability scientist with years of experience in climate change, energy, waste, and food systems. Since joining CEE in February 2018, Molly has been program manager for two different building energy benchmarking initiatives in the Midwest, including the Kalamazoo Energy Collaborative in southwest Michigan, and Energize Saint Paul in Minnesota. Both are partnerships between cities, local building owners, utilities, and nonprofits, to increase the energy efficiency of existing buildings. In partnership with the City of Rochester, MN, and a group of 40 community stakeholders, she worked for the first 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic to create a community-based sustainability action plan. The combined team won a Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership Award for equitable planning and engagement.

A systems thinker with a diverse background, Molly previously worked with governments, organic food companies, and Fortune 500 clients, specializing in greenhouse gas accounting, climate change strategy, waste management, packaging, supply chain sustainability, renewable energy, and carbon markets.

Molly has an MS in climate and energy sustainability from Antioch University and a BA in political science from Carleton College. She is a LEED Green Associate and is fluent in Spanish.

Molly was elected to the first board of directors of the Midwest Building Decarbonization Coalition in January 2023.

Accreditations and affiliations

  • LEED Green Associate


  • Fluent in Spanish
Molly Janis