Sara is a third-year joint-degree candidate at Yale with a focus on developing new business models for the energy sector. At Yale, she works with CBEY on a number of initiatives which focus on the applications of academic research including the SEEDS II high-value-solar research team, partnering with local utilities to identify areas of the grid that can benefit most from distributed generation. She is also the co-founder of the Environmental Solutions Accelerator, which brings together a diverse and forward thinking community of students, professors, alumni, industry leaders, and NGOs to participate in events pushing the agenda forward on pressing sustainability challenges.
This summer, Sara worked for CBEY developing the New York State Microgrid initiative, which aims to accelerate the adoption of community microgrids. Sara spent her first summer internship at Avangrid, where she was the Energy Analyst intern, developing new business models across the energy efficiency product line. Prior to coming to Yale, Sara worked as an energy engineer for Jacobs Engineering on projects around the world including energy efficient building and power plant design, utility master planning, and demand side management.
Sara holds a BS in civil engineering with a focus on designing and implementing sustainable solutions for the next generation of infrastructure. She believes that designing for sustainability is a multi-faceted approach that carefully balances policy goals, environmental impacts, and economics. Sara grew up in Boston, but spent the five years prior to Yale in Austin, TX, and as such, she is an avid fan of BBQ competitions and live music.