Living in Beijing, China in the spring of 2009, I looked out the window every morning to find the same sky: a thick, grey smog of fossil-fueled pollution. The discrepancy between air quality in the United States and China was shocking, and it made me realize how fortunate I was to live where I could easily breathe without having to carry a mask over my mouth. In a very physical and real way, I grasped the importance of clean energy and how critical it is in keeping our planet (and everything on it) healthy.
After graduating from Brown University, I worked at the California Energy Commission, where I was exposed to current energy policies in California, gaining an understanding of the need for energy efficiency, clean energy, and sustainability to reduce our carbon footprint throughout the state. Continuing in this field, I am currently pursuing a master’s degree from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management with a specialization in Energy & Climate. During my time at Bren, I have interned for Infinity Renewables, gaining insight into how a wind and solar developer aligns its bottom-line strategies with state Renewable Portfolio Standards and federal goals. This past summer, I worked for Gap Inc.’s sustainability team as an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow. In this role, I served as the renewable energy expert, targeting 3 Distribution Centers in the U.S. as candidates for onsite solar.
In my public and private sector renewable energy roles I have seen how important policy – federal, state, and corporate – is in determining renewable energy development. As renewable energy expands, I want to understand the complexities of developing workable environmental policies so that I can use the best science to facilitate clean energy growth while minimizing negative environmental consequences. Furthermore, I want to inspire private corporations to follow these policies, encouraging them to set internal goals that further spread renewable energy. Connect with me on LinkedIn.