Paige Vincent | 2020 | Interns

Paige Vincent

Paige Vincent (’21)

New York, NY

Raj Tahil

Materials Science and Engineering

Environmental Protection Agency

This past summer I worked at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the Office of Air and Radiation’s Energy Supply and Industry Branch (ESIB), under the Green Power Partnership program. In the Green Power Partnership program I helped research and begin developing “How-to” resources to be put in the toolbox for renewable energy project development. I started this process by reaching out to sustainability and energy managers in local governments and higher education institutions, and interviewing them about their struggles in procuring green power. After these interviews I brainstormed and compiled a list of ideas for resources to help tackle the common issues that these representatives face. I then spent the rest of the summer honing in on and specifying the first “How-to” resource, a decision making tool to help representatives visually represent different project benefits across a number of parameters. Through this work I learned about current barriers for institutions looking to procure green power, and became more aware of how policy and environmental regulation are informed by science. I also was able to attend a number of meetings focusing on long term strategy of ESIB, and other EPA briefings on various topics. Through these meetings I was able to understand more about what different roles the EPA has. Although I was unable to be in DC during the summer, I was able to attend a number of virtual workshops and seminars, hosted by the EPA and other organizations like the Department of Energy Better Buildings Summit. I enjoyed hearing about the paths everyone in ESIB took, and getting to know them was the highlight of my summer.