Monica Watkins, C.E.M., C.M.V.P.

28-Sep-2017, 9:00 - 11:00AM

Session: Empowering Diversity in Leadership

Track C | Energy Manager's Summit

Chair for Session

Monica Watkins, C.E.M., C.M.V.P.
Deputy Chief Engineering, Energy & Capital Improvements
Housing Authority of Baltimore City

Monica Watkins is a professional in the fields of engineering, energy, capital improvements and construction. In addition to a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a MBA in Finance, she holds certifications in energy management, measurement, verification and technology. Monica began her career at Baltimore Gas & Electric as a gas engineer and gained over 18 years of utility experience in the areas of gas engineering & construction, energy accounting & billing and electric policy, rates & regulations. In 2006, Monica began working for the Housing Authority of Baltimore City and successfully established the very first Energy Department within the agency. The department was dedicated to managing the agency’s energy platform, reducing utility and energy consumption, and upgrading public housing units with new utility infrastructure. The goal was a greener footprint for legacy public housing to shift from paying for rapidly increasing utility costs to leveraging energy savings to pay for various infrastructure upgrades. Her primary projects comprised over $100 million worth of Energy Performance Contracting initiatives for five developments. Monica led the effort for the agency’s partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge as one of the first Multi-family partners to join the initiative. A unique and successful cornerstone of this work was installing, tracking, and measuring over 4,000 sub-meters to assist residents with energy conservation education and management.

Ms. Watkins now heads HABC’s Engineering, Energy and Capital Improvements Division. Her responsibilities now span across five departments/units and over 50 employees with the addition of fleet maintenance, extermination crews and special maintenance operations units. As a career professional in the fields of engineering, energy, construction and construction her goals are to utilize strategic planning and identify funding to ensure the viability of HABC’s public housing inventory. She leverages the resources available through various entities (federal, state, local and private) to further agency objectives. This methodology establishes a platform by which HABC can improve and advance within the realm of building, maintaining and constructing affordable housing for communities. Her recent projects include overseeing the implementation of a 2nd Energy Performance Contract for the agency, implementing over $20 million dollars in capital improvement projects for the entire housing/development stock, overhauling the agency archiving facility , space planning and implementation as well as specifying a new disaster response and recovery facility for emergencies.


Track: C Energy Manager's Summit | Session: Empowering Diversity in Leadership


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