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Tremaine Phillips

Student/ Researcher | OSU Moritz College of Law/ OSU John Glenn College of Public Affairs

Columbus, Ohio, United States

"Question everything"

Generally thinking:

Finance & Legal
Technology & The Future
Sustainability & Environment
Government & Community

My tags:

Climate ChangeEnvironmentGovernmentLawSciencePoliticsSustainability

About me & my work:

Climate change was not always at the forefront of my mind. Growing up, I wanted to be a meteorologist, and much of my time was spent studying cloud types, drawing thunderstorms and watching the movie Twister on repeat. Once in college, however, my interests began to shift.

I participated in a university-led relief trip to New Orleans shortly after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005. Seeing the destruction firsthand gave me a deeper understanding of climate change impacts and the vulnerability of low-income populations and communities of color. Ever since I first stepped foot in New Orleans, I have been committed to focusing my career on addressing the challenge of climate change, particularly through the pursuit of clean energy solutions.

To achieve this goal, I work with Forge Columbus, an organization that brings together civic-minded residents to support community businesses and entrepreneurs in Columbus, Ohio. Through Forge, I am working to launch an enterprise that will convene financial institutions, legal experts, local governments and property owners to finance and deploy energy efficiency and renewable energy systems, which are vital to reduce carbon emissions.

In addition to my community work, I am also finishing a dual-degree at The Ohio State University. I am focusing on environmental and energy law, and public policy while also working as a research assistant for Associate Professor Cinnamon Carlarne, a leading expert on environmental and climate change law. Their uncharted research explores disaster law and these principles can be applied to climate adaptation policies emerging from current international climate negotiations.

In the years ahead, I plan to continue launching climate mitigation and clean energy programs by collaborating with communities, businesses, and civic leaders. Eventually, I hope to enter the political environment, but first want to possess on-the-ground experience, and use this knowledge to pursue more steadfast and profound policy change in the future.

Though climate change can at times be an overwhelming issue, I remain positive. Every day is filled with some level of anxiety about the future of our planet. To reenergize myself, I read as much positive climate change news as possible. Hearing about successful climate change projects allows me to appreciate the fact that I am not alone in this fight. There are thousands of other committed individuals across the globe working toward the same goal.

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