Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships

Derek Koundakjian

Derek joins NEEP in June 2019 as a Buildings and Technologies Associate - a hybrid position involved with both the Buildings & Communities and Technologies & Markets teams.

On the buildings side, Derek assists with the Achieving Community Efficiency (ACE) initiative and engages small, medium, and rural communities on setting and meeting their energy efficiency goals. He does this by helping them establish priorities for municipal facilities and creating appropriate pathways for action.

On the technologies side, Derek manages NEEP’s ccASHP Product List and collaborates with stakeholders to facilitate market transformation within the heating and cooling sector.

Derek comes from the Boston- and Providence-based non-profit Green Energy Consumers Alliance, where he served on the marketing team and helped launch the organization’s cold-climate air source heat pump pilot program.

While in school, Derek interned for the advocacy organization Clean Water Action and worked with Connecticut energy task forces on their municipal energy-planning procedures. This work turned into research on local clean energy transitions with faculty in the UConn political science department.

Derek has a dual B.A. in environmental studies and political science from the University of Connecticut. 


Q: If you could invite three people to dinner, who would they be?

A: Leonardo DiCaprio, Bono, Patrice Bergeron.

Q: What is your favorite thing about NEEP?

A: The mission - to engage people and get regional stakeholders excited about a cause worth fighting for.


Q: What's something about you that would surprise people?

A: My middle name - and what I'm called at home - is Bruce, after Bruce Springsteen.


Speaking Competencies

Local clean energy and resiliency, community road-mapping, air source heat pumps, ASHP program administration