Jake Hiller

Jake Hiller

Project Development Analyst, Corporate Partnerships at Environmental Defense Fund

Greater Boston Area
Renewables & Environment

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Jake Hiller's Summary

Project Development Analyst at Environmental Defense Fund and recent graduate of Princeton University. Bachelors degree in Chemistry with certificates in Environmental Studies and Sustainable Energy.


Corporate partnerships, energy management strategy, energy efficiency finance, green entrepreneurship, carbon emissions assessment, microfinance, international development, organoelectronics.

Jake Hiller's Experience

Project Development Analyst, Corporate Partnerships

Environmental Defense Fund

Nonprofit; 201-500 employees; Environmental Services industry

June 2012Present (2 years 4 months) Boston, MA

Project Development Analyst for EDF Corporate Partnerships Program. Works closely with the Director of Strategy to identify market opportunities, engage business leaders, and forge new corporate partnerships with the scale and impact to transform the sustainability of entire industries.

Princeton High Meadows Fellow, Corporate Partnerships

Environmental Defense Fund

Nonprofit; 201-500 employees; Environmental Services industry

June 2010June 2012 (2 years 1 month) Boston, MA

High Meadows Fellow for EDF Corporate Partnerships Program. Worked with a diverse set of EDF project managers to analyze market data, provide programmatic support and develop strategy for a number of ground-breaking corporate sustainability initiatives.

Key Projects:

• EDF Climate Corps:
Designed and piloted new assessment tool to measure organizational barriers to energy efficiency in EDF Climate Corps companies. Leveraged emerging data, the growing company network and new academic partnerships to implement systemic corporate energy management strategy in large corporations.

• Green Returns:
Developed environmental benchmarking tool for portfolio companies owned by leading private equity partners in the EDF Green Returns program. Assessed key opportunities around energy, water and waste reduction in The Carlyle Group and Oak Hill Capital portfolios.

• Energy Efficiency Finance:
Co-wrote EDF white paper on energy efficiency financing barriers and opportunities. See "Publications" for more info below. Conducted discussions with investors, corporate partners and government actors to catalyze broader investment in the energy efficiency space.

Board of Directors

em[POWER] Energy Group, Inc.

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

September 2009September 2010 (1 year 1 month)

Co-founded em[POWER] Energy Group, a social venture seeking to revitalize waste scavenging communities throughout the world using a modular and scalable cooperative development model based on renewable resources.

Educational Institution; 5001-10,000 employees; Higher Education industry

September 2009September 2010 (1 year 1 month) Cambridge, MA

em[POWER] Energy Group, Inc. selected as semi-finalist in MIT Clean Energy Prize 2010.

For more information on the MIT Clean Energy Prize and/or em[POWER], please visit:
• MIT Clean Energy Prize: http://cep.mit.edu/
• em[POWER]: http://empowerenergygroup.org/


ReVino Reclaimed Wine Bottles, LLC

September 2009September 2010 (1 year 1 month)

Founded ReVino, a start-up aiming to close the waste loop in glass wine bottle production and consumption by reclaiming, sterilizing, and redistributing wine bottles to eco-friendly wineries.

First Place Winner

Princeton TigerLaunch 2010

Educational Institution; 5001-10,000 employees; Higher Education industry

September 2009May 2010 (9 months) Princeton, NJ

em[POWER] Energy Group, Inc. and ReVino Reclaimed Wine Bottles, LLC selected as
first and third place winners in Princeton TigerLaunch Business Plan Competition 2010.

For more information on Princeton's annual entrepreneurship competition, please visit:
• TigerLaunch: http://www.princetoneclub.com/programs/tigerlaunch/tigerlaunch-2010/

Educational Institution; 5001-10,000 employees; Higher Education industry

September 2009May 2010 (9 months) Princeton, NJ

em[POWER] Energy Group, Inc. and ReVino Reclaimed Wine Bottles, LLC selected as
first and second place winners in Princeton Green Business Plan Competition 2010.

For more information on Princeton's annual green business competition, please visit:
• Princeton Class of '76 Green Business Plan Competition:

Senior Thesis Research for Schwartz Group

Princeton University Department of Chemistry

Educational Institution; 5001-10,000 employees; Higher Education industry

February 2009May 2010 (1 year 4 months) Princeton University

Designed, synthesized, and deposited various molecules on dielectric substrates for the fabrication of novel organoelectronic devices, including transistors and photovoltaics.

See "Publications" for more info below.

Founder and President

Princeton Microfinance Organization

Educational Institution; 5001-10,000 employees; Higher Education industry

September 2008December 2009 (1 year 4 months)

Envisioned and founded a new Princeton University student group dedicated to the exploration, application, and promotion of innovative approaches to economic development.

Professional Internship Program

U.S. Department of Energy

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Government Administration industry

July 2007August 2007 (2 months)

• Modeled and performed flow sheet analysis for a nuclear waste tank dissolution strategy.
• Co-wrote internal report with a Department of Energy engineer at the Savannah River Site.

Research Assistant for Shimizu Group

University of South Carolina Department of Chemistry

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

June 2004August 2006 (2 years 3 months) University of South Carolina

Synthesized novel molecules for the creation of reversibly binding “tunable” columnar nanostructures.

See "Publications" for more info below.

Jake Hiller's Skills & Expertise

  1. Entrepreneurship
  2. Energy Efficiency
  3. Strategy
  4. Sustainability
  5. Renewable Energy
  6. Energy
  7. Research
  8. Non-profits
  9. Climate Change
  10. Social Entrepreneurship
  11. Project Management
  12. Project Planning
  13. Corporate Social Responsibility
  14. Sustainable Business
  15. Environmental Awareness
  16. Data Analysis
  17. Organizational Learning
  18. Public Speaking
  19. Stakeholder Engagement
  20. Strategic Partnerships
  21. Systems Thinking
  22. Workshop Facilitation
  23. Writing
  24. Start-ups
  25. Intrapreneurship
  26. Finance
  27. Market Research
  28. Market Sizing
  29. Private Equity
  30. Microsoft Excel
  31. R
  32. Statistics
  33. Twitter
  34. Materials Science
  35. Nanotechnology
  36. Sustainability Consulting
  37. Nonprofits
  38. Environmental Policy
  39. Cleantech
  40. Leadership
  41. Sustainable Development
  42. Analysis
  43. Business Planning
  44. Photovoltaics
  45. Energy Management
  46. Alternative Energy
  47. Solar Energy
  48. Venture Capital
  49. Public Policy
  50. Environmental Issues

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Jake Hiller's Publications

  • Show Me the Money: Energy Efficiency Financing Barriers and Opportunities

    • Environmental Defense Fund
    • July 2011
    Authors: Jake Hiller, Namrita Kapur, Robin Langdon, Alan Abramson

    Energy efficiency represents a significant largely untapped opportunity for meeting the dual goals of financial return and environmental protection. By eliminating wasted energy, the U.S. can reduce its fossil fuel use, move toward energy independence, and reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by almost forty percent by 2030 at a net savings to customers.

    The investor stands to harvest an estimated $130 billion in annual energy savings according to 2009 research from McKinsey & Company. However, a host of barriers stand in the way of these cost savings and associated GHG emissions reductions being realized, including but not limited to:

    • High upfront capital costs,
    • High development costs,
    • Long payback periods,
    • Uncertainty of savings and perceptions of risk,
    • Split incentives, and
    • Limited capital availability.

    How real are these barriers? What progress has been made in developing business models that resolve them? Which are the key market failures that need to be addressed to motivate investors to be first movers in this marketplace? These are some of the questions that Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions (NI) set out to answer through delving into the literature on the space; collecting information from EDF partner companies; and interviewing a dozen investors, who have been actively conducting due diligence on energy efficiency deals.

    This paper briefly characterizes energy efficiency market sectors; describes the major players in the energy efficiency financing market; describes the key barriers facing each market sector; reviews primary internal and external financing strategies used by each market sector; summarizes our investor discussions; and offers conclusions and recommendations for catalyzing large scale deployment of capital to the energy efficiency sector.

  • Reducing Contact Resistance in Multi-Layer Organic Thin-Film Transistors

    • Princeton University Chemistry Department
    • June 2010
    Authors: Jake Hiller

    Advances in organic thin‐film transistor (OTFT) development offer enormous potential to usher in a new wave of ultra‐cheap, lightweight, flexible and energy efficient electronic devices. Yet even the best devices today continue to be plagued by disordered morphologies that limit device performance.

    Organized multi-layered devices constructed from anthracene bisphosphonate self‐assembled monolayers attached by metal linkers could allow for precise nanomorphological control in device design. Yet so far, prototypes have failed to function.

    Excessive contact resistance at the metal‐molecule interface is identified as a likely barrier and new molecular capping layers are envisioned and synthesized in order to construct new devices. “Bromo” and “Cyano” substituted anthracene phosphonic acids offer the potential to improve electronic interaction at the metal‐molecule interface through unique bonding schemes with the gold electrode.

    In order to be incorporated into multi‐layer devices, the monolayer formation capabilities of the “Bromo” substituted anthracene phosphonic acid is tested and verified against a known control.

  • Inclusion of electrochemically active guests by novel oxacalixarene hosts

    • New Journal of Chemistry (Volume 32, pp. 24-27)
    • 2008
    Authors: Jake Hiller, David Sobransingh, Mahender B. Dewal, Mark D. Smith, Linda S. Shimizu

    We demonstrate for the first time the utility of oxacalixarenes as hosts and investigate the forces that influence the thermodynamics of binding.

  • A Roadmap to Corporate GHG Programs

    • Environmental Defense Fund
    • January 10, 2011
    Authors: Jake Hiller

    Is all of the buzz around greenhouse gas emissions leaving you feeling a little lost? Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can be one of the most important, and most effective, steps that a company can take to reduce its environmental impact and save money. But deciding where to start has become more complicated than ever. Numerous voluntary programs now exist to help companies measure their GHG emissions, set goals, achieve emissions reductions and advocate for broader change. The sheer number and variety of programs and their sometimes overlapping areas of work can leave companies feeling paralyzed and unsure of where to start. This roadmap can help your company navigate these programs, setting it on the path to credible and lasting GHG reductions.

  • The Virtuous Cycle of Organizational Energy Efficiency: A Fresh Approach to Dismantling Barriers

    • 2012 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings
    • August 2012
    Authors: Jake Hiller, Emily Reyna, Chris Riso, Jason Jay

    Prior studies have identified organizational barriers that prevent companies from investing in energy efficiency (EE) projects and several of these studies have identified the value of specific energy management practices. This paper draws on findings from EDF Climate Corps, a fellowship program that places specially trained MBA and MPA students in organizations to accelerate EE investments, to build on this previous work. First, we identify a virtuous cycle of organizational EE, a causal model that when applied effectively in organizations breaks down barriers to EE investments and leads to systemic and lasting reductions in energy use. The premise of the virtuous cycle is that the actions of individuals within the company serve to reinforce one another over time. Specifically, the motivations of top-level decision-makers translate into resource provisions that support and reward employees to identify and implement projects. When these projects demonstrate measurable successes, they visibly improve the performance of the company and thereby validate the decisions made by leadership. Second, we integrate key barriers and practices into this causal model, to better reflect the reality facing most companies, and to provide situation-specific guidance for EE efforts. Finally, we include a case study of a specific practice that one company employed to break down a key barrier and initiate the virtuous cycle. We conclude by describing next steps for our work, including development of a diagnostic tool that companies can use to identify the most important barriers in their context, and practices that can set the virtuous cycle in motion.

  • 5 Components of a Virtuous Cycle for Energy Efficiency

    • GreenBiz.com
    Authors: Jake Hiller

    In the past five years, EDF Climate Corps has worked deep within more than 100 leading companies to cut energy costs and curb carbon emissions. Along the way, we've tracked and analyzed what does and doesn't work, reporting the common barriers to energy efficiency that we encountered and the most powerful strategies for breaking them down. Now we've released the latest iteration of this research, The Virtuous Cycle of Organizational Energy Efficiency. It's a model of change we’ve discovered that applies to energy efficiency across even radically different organizations with five powerful, interdependent components.
    American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE ) recently published our paper on this model and invited us to present at the ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. We were thrilled to see the model resonate with an array of audience members at the conference and are excited to share it with our readers today.

Jake Hiller's Education

Princeton University

AB, Chemistry, Sustainable Energy, Environmental Studies, Business Development


Grade: Cum laude

Activities and Societies: Princeton Tower Club, Princeton Microfinance Organization, Sailing Team, Sigma Xi

Irmo High School

Ranked 2 out of 338 in senior class, SAT: 800 Critical Reading, 790 Math, 760 Writing


Grade: 4.0


• National Merit Scholarship Winner
• National AP Scholar
• National Science Olympiad Winner (2006, 4th Place Chemistry Lab, 4th Place Ecology)
• USA Biology Olympiad Semifinalist (2006)
• Regional Science Bowl Tournament Winner (2005, 1st Place) (2006, 1st Place)
• National Science Bowl Tournament Competitor (2005, 2006)
• National Academic Championship Winner (2004, 3rd Place)
• National Council of Teachers of English (N.C.T.E.) Achievement Award (2005)

Activities and Societies: National Honor Society, National Science Olympiad Team, National Academic Quiz Team, Mu Alpha Theta, Track and Field

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