Energy and the Environment
Katrina White - TD '20Katrina (Trina) White is a sophomore in Timothy Dwight College from the Washington, D.C. area. She is double-majoring in Economics and Geology & Geophysics and is an Energy Studies Scholar. This is her third semester in the Energy & Environment Center, and her first as its Center Head. Outside of Roosevelt, she is on the board of Engineers Without Borders and a member of Project Bright and the Dwight Hall Socially Responsible Investment Fund. She spent last summer interning at the Consortium for Energy Efficiency in Boston and will begin working with the Yale Carbon Charge project this semester. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, climbing trees, and laughing as much as possible.
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The Roosevelt Energy and Environment Center will be partnering with the City of New Haven’s Engineering Department to finalize its updated Climate and Sustainability Framework. The city hopes to receive Silver designation from the new voluntary certification program, Sustainable CT. To that end, the city announced this July that it would switch to 100% renewable power for all municipal operations. In reality, that means purchasing renewable credits elsewhere, which has raised the city’s energy costs over its former rates from utility United Illuminating. The city is interested in whether generating its own renewable power onsite would be feasible and if it might be a more affordable option in the long run than purchasing the energy credits. Additionally, New Haven is interested in joining the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign, a commitment for cities to transition to full renewable power community-wide. How might this be possible given United Illuminating’s dominance over the city’s energy supply? Roosevelt will be researching Ready for 100 cities which are similar to New Haven in population density, per capita income, and relationship with public utilities in order to identify potential paths forward and an appropriate timeline for New Haven’s renewable expansion.