Robert Phocas

Energy & Sustainability Manager, City of Charlotte

Rob serves as the energy & sustainability manager for the City of Charlotte. Serving an organization of 7,000+ staff and a City of nearly 800,000 people, he supports a variety of internal and external programs in the energy, environmental and sustainability spaces.

Example initiatives underway internally include the implementation and continued of evolution of the City’s Internal Environmental Operations Plan, which sets goes, tracks, measures and reports out on goals from fleet to energy efficiency, employee commuting to green procurement practices. Rob’s office has developed an online dashboard to report out to the public the results of the plan and its continued evolution. Externally, Rob works very closely with Envision Charlotte and other community entities to advance Charlotte’s goals. Rob plays a crucial role managing the City’s role as a participant in Envision but also by navigating City processes to make sure Envision projects move ahead smoothly.

Rob plays an important role in the community supporting energy and sustainability conversations by connecting and facilitating collaboration and innovation between academic, business and government entities.

For example, Rob lead the City’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program, under which he lead the development and implementation of seventeen energy & energy efficiency projects for the City as well as the community. These programs ranged from the development of an electric vehicle program to a commercial building energy efficiency retrofit program. He is also leading smart city efforts locally, nationally and internationally.