Ellen Bell manages the EDF’s Redefining Energy Efficiency Project which works with commercial office buildings and other vendor and non-profit partners in Chicago to develop new approaches that value efficiency, advanced energy management and existing and emerging technologies as a source of revenue and helps to build new markets where efficiency measures will be readily adopted.
Previous work has also focused on accelerating energy efficiency project identification and implementation in commercial real estate through the EDF Climate Corps Building Energy Initiative in Chicago. Through year-round outreach and support from EDF Climate Corps fellows during the summer, Bell worked to help properties achieve target energy reductions and educate building owners and operators about energy efficiency opportunities specific to Chicago.
Before her time with EDF Bell was the Global Sustainability Manager for the Chicago-based East Balt Inc. baking company, as well as a legislative aide for Chicago Alderman Ed Burke. At East Balt, Bell led initiatives across the company’s global footprint and worked to implement a strategy to benchmark, set goals for and execute a global sustainability and corporate social responsibility mission statement that refined and streamlined the company’s direction.