My name is Rachel Young and this is my personal blog meant for friends and family to keep up to date on my goings on. It began with my adventures into East Africa with my school’s study abroad program in the fall and winter of 2009. But it has now expanded to my adventures across the whole world. I hope that those who read are able to follow my various exploits and see pictures of what I am up to.
In the summer of 2010 I had a fellowship at the Breakthrough Institute, a progressive environmental think tank based in Oakland, California. A great deal of my posts were cross-posted from my work at Breakthrough. While at Breakthrough I did research on policies and programs that increase electricity access to alleviate energy poverty in the developing and least developed nations.
In 2011 I graduated from Lewis & Clark College and I wrote a senior thesis on forest management and policy for terrestrial carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). My thesis is not available publicly because it is barely worth reading, however if you would like a copy you can ask and I might give you one…I was also the environmental columnist to our student run newspaper and you will find all of my articles posted here as well.
Since graduating I have gotten a job at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) based in Washington D.C. All of my blogging/reports/white papers is hosted on ACEEE’s website. I have been promoted a few times since getting hired and I have been grateful every day for the opportunity to help make change in the world while also learning.
It has been three years since I was hired and it is time to move on. I will be attending graduate school in the Fall to get a Masters in Public Policy. I am excited for the opportunity to make a change and to great hone my knowledge and skills. But before I go I will spend some time traveling in South America. Hopefully I won’t be too lazy and will actually post something!