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Taylor Ogilvie


My name is Taylor Ogilvie. I'm from California. I go to the University of California, Berkeley where I am B.A. candidate in Business Administration and Environmental Economics.

What sustainability, energy, and community issues are important to you?

It is not easy deciding which sustainability and energy issue to attack directly these days because there are so many! However, if I had to choose which was the most intriguing for me, I would have to say that discovering the policies and strategies necessary for businesses to properly implement renewable energy into their operations. The intersection of business, policy, and energy is super interesting because there are so many variables going on there. It is easy for a company to say "By 2030 we will be powered by 50% renewable energy", but stuff like that is easier said than done and I want to be a do-er!

What exciting projects/research are you working on now?

As a research analyst for the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce, right now I am researching the energy policies and financial tools that have enabled the Nordic Countries to be global leaders in sustainability and renewables. I am having a great time looking into the differences between countries like this and the U.S. especially. These renewable practices have been shown to work in the Nordics, now it is time for us to figure out how to model their system and implement their ideas into the U.S.'s methodology!

What are your plans for the next five years?

Shoot, projecting plans over the next 5 years is no easy task. If I had to imagine a dream scenario, I would love to graduate and work for a firm where I feel like I can really make a difference. Whether that be consulting other companies on how to green their operations, leading a renewables team in an established company, or working for an energy firm directly remains to be seen.

What made you want to apply to SISE?

I knew I wanted to apply to SISE after meeting with a grad student here at Berkeley in the Energy and Resources program and having her encourage me to look into other ways for me to increase my knowledge and truly immerse myself in the community. Energy had always intrigued me, but I knew I needed to take the next step and SISE was the place to do it!

What are you most looking forward to doing in Chicago?

The first thing I am going to do is to get some real, old school, finger-licking good Chicago deep dish pizza. I have heard it is life changing and I am excited to see what the hype is all about. Also, I have never been to the Midwest, so I just want to walk around for a bit and take in the environment. I have heard it is a stark change from California with respect to weather, people, overall vibe, etc. from my friends, but I want to see for myself.

Do you like Cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?

Not going to lie, I have always been more of a dog guy, but I love cats too! My grandma had a great cat that just passed away, :( but getting to hang out with that furry friend gave me a whole new appreciation for cats.