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Graduate Degree: MIT, Department of Urban Studies and Planning
Undergraduate Degree: Columbia University
Area of interest: Urban forestry and urban wilds, innovative partnerships
Mentor: Valerie Burns, President of Boston Natural Areas Network
Agency: Office of Commonwealth Development
Supervisor: Sonia Hamel, Special Advisor
Project Description: Carli Paine worked in the Office for Commonwealth Development, focusing on developing policies for the recently passed Massachusetts Climate Protection Plan. This plan calls for transportation planning agencies and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) to calculate and disclose the energy intensity and resulting greenhouse gas emissions of proposed plans and projects, with the aim that energy intensity and emissions from the transportation sector will decrease as a result of the policy. Ms. Paine’s work included examining the effectiveness of disclosure policies, and exploring precedents in the transportation sector. Using an initial methodology developed by New York State, she updated their methodology to reflect current fuel economy and emissions levels. Given that the policy is unfunded, she developed a set of recommendations for implementation that involved the users in the development of the policy in order to establish ownership, comprehension, and to ensure that the policy’s assumptions match MPO and agency abilities.