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Thazin, '15, MS '16

Living sustainably

Starting the day off with a nice morning jog, I arrive early at the Union of Concerned Scientists' (UCS) headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After I'm done with a quick shower, more UCSers trickle in, many of whom took the subway or bus or biked over from various parts of the Greater Boston Area. For these clean energy warriors, the commitment to a sustainable planet starts even before the official work day begins.

As a Schneider Fellow, I had my own humble part to play at UCS. With the Climate and Energy team, I wrote reports on how community solar works and how the business models for electric utilities are evolving. While these topics may seem unrelated, they are both important pieces for enabling greater penetration of renewable energy from the different sides of the electricity meter.

The crucial lesson I learned that summer, however, was how those at UCS modeled hard work and integrity.

From informing the public with editorials to advocating for policy changes based on facts and rigorous analyses, every member of UCS worked relentlessly to fight for a healthier, safer world. As I enter the solar industry post-graduation, I will continue to do the same!

Thazin, '15 (Electrical Engineering), MS '16 (Sustainable Design and Construction), was a 2015 Schneider Fellow. Schneider Fellows work at leading U.S. nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to tackle today's sustainable energy challenges.
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