Katie Riley worked with Dr Michele Betsill on her project "Mapping Emissions
Trading of Greenhouse Gases," to research policy tools for dealing with
global climate change. She examined the use of offsets (an emissions
reduction, removal, or avoidance; or the difference between actual
emissions and the projected baseline emissions) in more than 30 cap and
trade venues globally. By comparing debates regarding offset criteria,
limits, and project types,
Katie began to summarize trends in the carbon offset market.
For the latter part of her internship, Katie used the
information that she had learned about offsets to consider whether and how
offsets could be used to promote sustainable development for the global
poor. To summarize these findings, she created a hypothetical model of
offset design that would allow wealthy, high polluters to support clean
economic growth among developing countries and low income communities.
Katie's research poster
may be found here.
Besides her interest in sustainable development and environmental policy, Katie
likes to run, dance, hike Colorado 14er's, do yoga, shop, bake, hang out with
friends and have fun!