Introduction

Hello! My name is Megan Conner and I'm just completing my sophomore year studying Environmental Economics and Policy, as well as English. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, reading novels, and swing dancing. My interests are quite interdisplinary in nature. The intricacies of economic mechanisms fascinate me. The environment, too, is something that amazes me and something that I hold dear. I want to collaborate at the crossroads of environmental theory, law, and practical application in the future. As such, I'm incredibly excited for the opportunity to work as a Cal Energy Corps intern this summer at the Center for Carbon Removal. 

I first took interest in the Cal Energy Corps program after attending the research showcase for last year's participants. At the showcase, students shared intriguing projects and really appeared to grow from their experiences within the program. I could tell that it was an incredibly rewarding way to spend the summer, because it not only seemed to provide practical job experience but also facilitated personal and intellectual growth among its participants. When I decided apply for CEC this spring, my interest increased as I learned that The Center for Carbon Removal - a bay area non-profit devoted to cleaning up carbon pollution - was a host institution for CEC. The Center for Carbon Removal's mission aligns with my own avenues of interest in my studies. I knew that this was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. I'm quite thankful to be accepted into the program for the summer. Through the Cal Energy Corps, I hope to gain a better understanding of carbon removal solutions while also cultivating environmental sustainability.