If you ask me where I’m from, I can’t really answer because I’ve lived in 6 states and 3 countries so far. Now I’ve landed in Durham to pursue a Master of Environmental Management with a concentration in Energy and the Environment. I am particularly interested in energy efficiency because of its potency as a tool to reduce fossil fuel use and cut carbon emissions, and I draw on my undergraduate degree in psychology to explore behavioral energy efficiency. I am fascinated by the questions of what motivates people to act environmentally and how changes in human behavior can improve our relationship with the natural environment, and I hope to ultimately pursue a PhD in environmental psychology. Outside of my career I love reading, playing the flute, traveling, playing board games, backpacking and exploring the outdoors. I’ll be one of the co-presidents for NicNats, the Nicholas School outdoor club, this upcoming year. I am excited to share my work on energy efficiency at the Rocky Mountain Institute in Boulder, Colorado with you all this summer!
These past few weeks I’ve had opportunities to do some AMAZING mountaineering. I’ve been climbing and hiking all summer, but the challenges that I undertook in recently have been more challenging, satisfying, and exhilarating thanContinue reading
As I introduced in my last blog post, behavioral energy efficiency, sometimes called occupancy engagement in the context of building efficiency, is a growing field. However, it is not an area yet well-understood by RMIContinue reading
One of the biggest questions I had entering grad school – and it’s a question that I think anyone who’s ever dedicated a bit of time or energy to environmental issues wonders about – wasContinue reading
It’s been a little more than four weeks now that I’ve worked on the RMI buildings team. As I mentioned in a previous blog post, my primary responsibility is writing case studies of buildings thatContinue reading