Vera Lummis ’18


Woodrow Wilson School

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China Coal Cap Project; Demand Side Management Project

The overall goal of my internship at NRDC in Beijing this summer was to engage in the work of the Climate and Energy team and specifically to support the ongoing work under the China Coal Cap Policy Research Project. In addition to sitting in on meetings and conferences, I helped translate several environmental policy reports from Chinese to English and supported my colleagues in policy research. I also created infographics for the NRDC website, highlighting the developments in the Coal Cap Program. As a result of my time at NRDC this summer, I was exposed to some of the civil society actors at the forefront of environmental change in China. My internship renewed my interest in social change work and also sparked my interest in green startups in China. I am looking to focus my future independent work on social sector development in China, particularly the role of civil society and private actors.

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Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Beijing, China


Alvin Lin, Natural Resources Defense Council