Eli Levine leads the Department of Energy’s Better Plants Program and Challenge (Better Plants). With over 220 corporate partners, Better Plants is working with leading manufacturers to set and achieve ambitious energy, water and waste reduction goals. Eli also leads the Technologist in Residence (TIR) program, designed to catalyze and strengthen long-term strategic relationships between industry and the National Labs, and the AIM Onshore Prize, strengthening manufacturing readiness for energy hardware innovators.
Before taking on the Better Plants responsibilities, Eli served as the Acting Director of the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI), a cross-cutting Department of Energy initiative to increase U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing by boosting energy productivity and leveraging low-cost domestic energy resources and feedstocks. Prior to that, he worked on energy issues in the Obama White House, at the Council on Environmental Quality and the Office of Management and Budget. Eli joined the Energy Department as a Presidential Management Fellow to help stand up the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) in 2010. He is a graduate of Washington University School of Law and Cornell University.