Elizabeth Chi, a Policy Analyst at The City Project, graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Environmental and Sustainability Sciences, concentrating on Climate Change Solutions, with a minor in Climate Change. She spent her childhood in half a dozen states from Kansas to New York, but lived in the greater New York City area for the past eleven years. At Cornell, Elizabeth was part of the second cohort of Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program. She was also involved in a number of campus environmental and social justice initiatives on campus. As Campaign Coordinator for Climate Justice Cornell, she organized the campus for carbon neutrality by 2035. In addition, she was committed to driving campaigns for fossil fuel divestment, collaborating with community organizations, and educating her peers about environmental and climate justice.
As an undergraduate researcher, Elizabeth investigated changes in understory tree dynamics in the Allegheny Plateau. She has also analyzed the wildlife impacts of renewable energy policy with the Defenders of Wildlife in Washington DC. In the summer of 2017, she worked as an Atkinson-EDF intern for Environmental Defense Fund in San Francisco, researching energy efficiency solutions in underserved rural communities and contributing to Time-Of-Use load shift models. On her semester abroad, Elizabeth learned about ecosystems, urban planning, renewable energy, and local language and culture in Freiburg, Germany. After graduation, Elizabeth visited Beijing, Chongqing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Hangzhou as a Zhi-Xing Fellow, learning about environmental and social policies while exploring her roots. Her nagging questions about equitable access at each of her past experiences led her to The City Project, where she now focuses on community-driven environmental justice policies and projects.