Sustainable Communities Catalyzer

The Sustainable Communities Catalyzer analyzes and maps sustainable social, economic, environmental, and land use pathways for clean energy transition with a focus on rural and disadvantaged communities.

Photo of Northeast Denver Housing’s Whittier affordable housing project with rooftop solar.

Scaling clean energy integration, electrifying economies, and transforming energy systems will have major impacts on land use, economies, people, and the environment. JISEA and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are uniquely positioned to apply and integrate world-class modeling, visualization, and computation capabilities in sustainable communities analysis.

Through the Sustainable Communities Catalyzer, JISEA/NREL analysts will identify emerging research questions, establish new research capabilities, provide thought leadership, and organize an advisory group of practitioners and researchers to provide feedback.

This work supports several of NREL's critical objectives—integrated energy pathways, circular economy for energy materials, and electrons to molecules—and moves toward more equitable participation in the clean energy transition, so all communities can thrive.

Please reach out if you are interested in collaborating with the Sustainable Communities Catalyzer.


Intersections of Disadvantaged Communities and Renewable Energy Potential: Data Set and Analysis to Inform Equitable Investment Prioritization in the United StatesRenewable Energy Focus (2022)

Intersections of Disadvantaged Communities and Renewable Energy Potential: Analyses to Inform Equitable Investment Prioritization, NREL Presentation (2022)

Related Work

State and Local Planning for Energy (SLOPE)

The Los Angeles 100% Renewable Energy Study (LA100)

Low-Income Energy Affordability Data (LEAD) Tool

Accelerating Clean Energy @ Scale

Mobility Energy Productivity Metric (MEP)

Urban Renewable Building and Neighborhood Optimization (URBANopt)


Megan Day
Senior Energy Planner, NREL