Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez is an Associate Director and Social Science Expert in the Energy practice. Karen is internationally recognized for her work on the human dimensions of energy efficiency, conservation, and environmental sustainability. With more than 20 years of experience working as a consultant, program manager and researcher (including both quantitative and qualitative research), Karen has worked with policymakers, planners, utilities, real estate professionals, nonprofits and for-profit companies to design, implement and evaluate programs and policies and to apply social science insights in ways that shift energy use practices, reduce energy consumption and eliminate energy waste in homes and commercial buildings in the U.S. and abroad.
In this capacity, Karen has shared her expertise with a variety of prominent organizations including the U.S. Green Building Council, the Urban Sustainability Director’s Network, NYSERDA, the California Institute for Energy and Environment, the International Energy Agency, ACEEE, the SmartGrid Consumer Collaborative and numerous other organizations.
Karen is a co-founder of the nationally recognized, Behavior, Energy and Climate Change (BECC) Conference, serving as the 2009 BECC Conference Chair. She has provided expert testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology’s Subcommittee on Energy and Environment. In addition to her work at Navigant, Karen is a Scholar-in-Residence at the Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder and a member of the editorial board for the Energy Efficiency journal.
Karen brings innovative insights on the relationships between people, technology and energy to help formulate new approaches and implement successful programs.