Charlotte’s Web of Building Electrification Strategies …with Charlotte Matthews


It’s not every day we get to interview someone with such a diverse background of project experiences. Whether it was working for an architect, developer, construction manager, or tech startup, our guest for this episode has leveraged her passion and expertise as a sustainability professional to come up with some pretty impressive solutions for buildings.

In this episode, Robb and Kelly chat with Charlotte Matthews, Head of Affordable Electrification at Google. Charlotte reflects on her experience working for different firms as a sustainability professional and shares some of the challenges she faced when attempting to improve the operational efficiency of buildings. Throughout the episode, the group discusses why buildings don’t perform as expected, the importance of benchmarking and normalizing, and the impact of dynamic energy pricing.

This episode marks our first ever video podcast! Check it out on SWA’s YouTube page and let us know what you think.

Episode Guest: Charlotte Matthews

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Charlotte Matthews is the Head of Affordable Electrification at Google. Her career spans building design, construction management, real estate development and tech, always with the goal of finding scalable solutions to reduce the climate impact of buildings.

At Google, Charlotte leads a cross-functional team developing a product to help utilities address the competing pressures of energy affordability and transitioning homes from fossil fuels to clean electricity. Charlotte moved to Google from Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet startup focused on urban sustainability and affordability. Prior to that, Charlotte was the Vice President of Sustainability for Related Companies, a large owner-developer of mixed-use neighborhoods.

Charlotte taught for several years in Columbia University’s Masters in Real Estate Development program and holds a BSc in Environmental Science from Brown University.

Fun fact: Once upon a time, Charlotte Matthews worked for Steven Winter Associates as a Sustainability Consultant!

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Robb Aldrich | Kelly Westby

Production Team

Heather Breslin | Alex Mirabile | Dylan Martello | Ian Slakas


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