Patty Fong is the Buildings Initiative Director. She was recruited in 2007 to help establish the foundation, and served as founding COO until August 2012. Based in The Hague, Patty oversees development and implementation of the programme strategy, which aims to (1) rule out the least efficient infrastructure, equipment, processes via new standards and codes; (2) scale demand for energy efficient products and services; and (3) build political will and confidence for greater ambition on energy efficiency and savings.
Patty co-founded and serves on the board of the Buildings Performance Institute Europe, a European policy think tank dedicated to energy efficiency in buildings. She also co-founded and serves on the Steering Committee of the EU Coalition for Energy Savings, which unites business, professional, local authorities, and civil society organisations to make energy efficiency and savings the foundation of energy policies in Europe and the driving force behind a more prosperous, sustainable, and competitive Europe. In addition, she serves on the board of the EU Alliance to Save Energy, a consortium of leading multinational companies supporting greater EU political ambition for energy efficiency.
From 1998 to 2005, Patty helped launch and manage the Energy Foundation’s China Sustainable Energy Program (CSEP – now EF China) and its Beijing office, including foundation relations and the establishment of cross-border grant-making and operational systems. Early on in her career, Patty spent two years in China as an English teacher, receiving a provincial-level award for overall teaching excellence.