Syd Kirk | July 2021

14 Jul 2021 1:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Please note your affiliation and years of experience in the energy and/or environmental field

As a rising third year student at the University of Virginia, I am majoring in Global Studies with a concentration in Environments and Sustainability. Through this academic path, I have and will continue to take classes centered on environmental issues including energy. Furthermore, I currently work as a communications intern for the Community Climate Collaborative, a Charlottesville nonprofit. This job requires me to stay updated on all things climate and energy in Virginia’s residential, commercial, and political sectors.

Any particular achievement/interest in energy/environment you would like to mention?

In addition, I am double majoring in Foreign Affairs. I have a keen interest in the political aspect of addressing climate change due to the nature of the challenge as a collective action problem. My goal is to research how the political arena can work to overcome these issues of collective action to create a global ethic where mitigating climate change is seen as a top priority.

In your opinion, what are important issues facing the energy industry nowadays?

By far the most important issue facing the energy industry is the clean energy transition. I have learned about climate science and it is paramount that the transition happens quickly, efficiently, and completely. However, it is a fallacy to assume we can accomplish such systems-wide change without considering how it can be just for everyone involved.

How long have you been a member of NCAC? Any particular NCAC memory you would like to share with us?

I became a member of NCAC in 2021. My favorite memory with NCAC so far was attending the Demystifying Environmental Credits presentation. I found it extremely fascinating as the subject material pertains to a couple of courses I have taken at the university. It was also rewarding to hear from an expert actually working in the field instead of a detached classroom setting. I am looking forward to engaging members in the DC area as that is my hometown and attending many wonderful future events!

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