Kalena Blake ’24


School of Public and International Affairs

Project Title

Reducing Livestock Methane Emissions: A look at the Low Carbon Fuel Standard

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Certificate(s): Environmental Studies

I researched California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), which is a state policy designed to accelerate the transition to using fuels with lower carbon intensity in California’s transportation fuel pool. I studied the scientific literature on harnessing methane emissions and biofuels for energy. In addition, I researched the interaction between state and federal policies designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions such as the LCFS and the Renewable Fuel Standard. Finally, I examined the shortcomings of these policies and the validity of criticisms that have been leveraged by various stakeholders. My research provided insight into the future of the LCFS and fuel standards more broadly. This internship provided an invaluable experience to work with some of the foremost scientists, environmental lawyers, and climate activists in the field. The interdisciplinary nature of EDF’s approach to environmental issues introduced me to knowledge and skills that I will be able to apply throughout my studies at Princeton and beyond.

Internship Year


Project Category

Sustainable Food Systems


Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)


Joe Rudek, Lead Senior Scientist, EDF