My name is Miles Weinstein. I'm from Chicago. I go to KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm where I am an MS Energy Engineering candidate.
What sustainability, energy, and community issues are important to you?
The most important sustainability and energy issue to me is the sustainable energy transition away from fossil fuel-based energy, in order to reduce the harmful effects of GHGs and other pollutants, now and for future generations. While this is obviously a hefty task, I believe there is a road to get there, at least somewhere down the line.
I'm also passionate about sustainability from an urban planning/community building side, because growing up in an urban environment (namely, Chicago) I gained an understanding of how good planning and infrastructure can make a city much more livable. Cities are extremely important from a sustainability standpoint. For the first time in history, more than half the world's population lives in cities and they enable more sustainable lifestyles compared to suburban or rural areas. However, it is extremely important that they maintain (or strive for) high quality of life as well!
What exciting projects/research are you working on now?
I've just finished my Master's Project of the Year, which aimed to reduce indoor pollutants caused by domestic coal burning in rural South Africa. Being much more complicated than it may sound, the project had to balance technical, social, and economic aspects in order to have a chance at success. It was an extremely rewarding and eye-opening experience, including a visit to South Africa and some of the rural communities affected by pollution from coal burning. I sincerely hope that our efforts have brought them closer to a solution!
What are your plans for the next five years?
After finishing my Master's next year, it's time for a job hunt! I'm aiming to work in the renewable energy field, specifically on the development side of renewable energy projects.
What made you want to apply to SISE?
First of all, I'm passionate about all the topics that SISE covers and secondly, I love Chicago! I'm was really excited about the opportunity to better understand the city's sustainability, urban planning, and community issues, as well as see what's already being done to help.
What are you most looking forward to doing in Chicago?
I'm hoping I'll get to see some new parts of the city! While I've covered a fair bit of the city there's always something new to see.
Do you like Cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?
I love animals but cats are just a wild card. Of course, I can learn to like them.