Veni Mittal, energy auditor and assessment coordinator at RTP, is a highly educated sustainability professional, with master’s degrees from Thapar University in India and Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She is very knowledgeable about standards of energy efficiency, the effects of sustainability in residential communities, and other technical elements of sustainability. In fact, she holds an EcoDistricts AP certification. Despite her scientific know-how, Veni’s favorite part of her job at Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh is working with community members.
As a self-described “people person,” Veni’s enjoyment in working with RTP clients should be no surprise. She loves doing ten to twelve in-person energy audits each month. Her colleagues say Veni is friendly and kind, and always ready to help people. Veni describes sustainability as a big umbrella that includes energy efficiency, and her work at RTP allows her to see that in action.
Veni is excited to have the chance to lower a client’s electric bill through the Duquesne Light Smart Comfort Assurance Program, which she administers. The program, which is an energy reduction and education program, ensures that all income-qualified customers receive services that can result in savings of between three to sixteen percent. Whether helping clients be more aware of turning off lights or using smart strips, night lights, or LED bulbs that she gives them, Veni celebrates making a difference in someone’s life by helping them make simple changes. She also helps income-qualified customers realize greater energy efficiency through the Columbia Gas WarmWise Audits & Rebates Program through energy audits and funding for installation of energy efficiency measures.
A topic close to Veni’s heart as a “people person” is seeing things from everyone’s perspective. She recently joined the internal RTP DEI Committee with a commitment to better learn how to apply equity in her job and in her everyday life.
Veni applies her broader scientific knowledge through volunteer activities. She serves as community service chair and organizes events to promote community sustainability initiatives for Green Building Alliance, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit that advances innovation in the built environment by empowering people to create environmentally, economically, and socially vibrant places. Veni also serves as a board member of the Etna Community Organization, a nonprofit organization in the borough of Etna dedicated to building a more vibrant and sustainable future where all have the opportunity to thrive and lead healthy, fulfilling lives.
Veni and her husband, a mechanical engineer, live in Carnegie. When not working or volunteering, they can be found exploring state and national parks. This past year, they hiked in Colorado and several parks in Pennsylvania, exercising their love of mountains.