People

Emma Wendt

Community Development Officer - Climate Specialist
  • Climate & Energy
  • Community Data
  • Inclusion & Equity Task Force

Emma uses her interdisciplinary background to support people and organizations in their sustainability efforts. She currently serves as project lead for the Island Institute’s Climate & Energy team, where she helps guide communities in transitioning to cleaner, more resilient, and more affordable energy. Emma also provides support for the Community Data team and serves on the Inclusion & Equity Task Force.

Before joining the Island Institute, Emma served to address environmental sustainability locally and globally in a variety of settings, including managing student and alumni activities at the University of Michigan’s business and environment program; running energy generation models and emerging clean technologies research in the renewable energy team at Pacific Gas and Electric; leading the International Finance Corporation’s internal sustainability efforts; teaching environmental education to kids in Maine and Cape Cod; and building fundraising campaigns for a community bicycle repair nonprofit. She received an AB in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard University, and an MBA/MS in Environment & Resources from Stanford University.

Originally from a small fishing town in Nova Scotia, Emma enjoys biking for transportation and travel.

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