Danielle Arostegui

Danielle Arostegui

Career Interests

Climate Change Mitigation, Emissions Reduction Strategy, Public Policy Analysis

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Master of Environmental Management, May 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Environmental Economics and Policy Analysis
Coursework: climate change law and policy, climate science, economics, program evaluation, electricity generation and transportation technologies, statistical analysis in STATA
Leadership: Teaching Assistant for Environmental Law; Event Organizer for Inter-University Climate Change Negotiations 2017; Carbon Offsets Coordinator for Duke Energy Week 
Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, June 2012
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH                                              
Majors: English, Film & Media Studies, with Honors
Minor: Environmental Studies
Leadership: Vice President of Operations of Kappa Delta Sorority at Dartmouth 

Professional Experience

Master’s Project: Recommendations for Implementing a Carbon Tax in Boulder, Colorado      
Client: Office of Environmental Affairs, City of Boulder, CO 
Collaborated with four team members to produce a report for the City of Boulder on options the City could pursue to implement the nation’s first municipal carbon tax. Synthesized findings from the academic and policy literature on best practices for implementing a carbon tax at the subnational level. Provided specific taxation recommendations and projected revenues based on a sectoral analysis of the City’s greenhouse gas emissions. Developed and distributed a survey to gauge community response to proposed tax options. 
Expected Publication: April 2018
Research Project: Policy Recommendations for Climate Mitigation in U.S. Forestry and Agriculture
Collaborated with five other students on a yearlong research project to develop actionable policy recommendations for achieving the mitigation and sequestration goals of the White House’s 2016 Mid-Century Strategy for Deep Decarbonization. Researched the current practices being used to mitigate greenhouse gases in agriculture, their associated policy implications, and sources of statutory and agency authority for enhancing existing programs and creating new programs that promote their adoption. Conducted stakeholder and expert interviews to identify potential pitfalls and hurdles to implementation. 
Expected Publication: April 2018
Environmental Policy Research Assistant, Congressional Research Service, Washington, D.C.
Researched developments in green building policy and practice, and in climate change policy literature to update outdated reports on these issues for use by Congress. Co-authored the revision of a 40-page report on green building policy and issues. Provided input on the revision of a 19-page report on climate mitigation and adaptation policy tools. June 2017-August 2017
Climate Policy Research Assistant, Nicholas Institute of Environmental Policy Solutions, Durham, NC
Researched and authored a 100-page in-house report on state policies affecting renewable energy purchasing, specifically relating to the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978. Authored 9-page conference report on the future of electricity demand and innovation for the Potential Pathways conference, hosted by the Nicholas Institute.‬ Conducted a literature review of science and policy papers on the effect of electric vehicle charging on local pollutant emissions. Sept 2016-April 2017

Additional Information

Teaching Assistant for Environmental Law
Event Organizer for Inter-University Climate Change Negotiations 2017
Carbon Offsets Coordinator for Duke Energy Week 


climate change
excel modeling
greenhouse gas mitigation strategies
project management

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources



Preferred Sector

Research Institute / Think Tank
State / Local Government