Joan B. Kelsch

Joan Kelsch is Arlington County’s (VA) Green Building Program Manager and co-leads Arlington’s climate initiative, known as the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy. She has broad experience in green building policy, energy efficiency, and public engagement on a range of environmental issues.

Joan currently oversees programs related to energy efficiency in new and existing buildings including the Green Building Density Incentive. She also oversees the development of a solar power purchase agreement for County government facilities. Arlington recently updated Arlington’s Community Energy Plan outlining specific goals for becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

Joan received her BA from Williams College and a Master’s Degree from the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.