Jay Orfield

Communities Program

Jay Orfield works with NRDC’s Solar Schools Initiative, the organization’s first crowdfunded campaign, to help schools across the country go solar. Previously, he was a Welch Environmental Innovation Fellow at NRDC’s Center for Market Innovation, where he worked on the High Performance Demonstration Project, aimed at accelerating demand for energy-efficient buildings by showing their bottom-line benefits. A licensed professional engineer, Orfield has more than 10 years of experience in the building, construction, and private equity sectors. He has served on New York City’s Green Codes Task Force (in association with the Urban Green Council) and cofounded a home-design company that gave users visualization and real-time pricing of sustainable-design options. Orfield holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and an MBA from Columbia University. He is based in New York City.