Samantha M. Childress

Samantha M. Childress

Career Interests

Corporate Sustainability; Supply Chain Management; Renewable Energy Project Development; Building Energy Operations and Management

Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management, May 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Energy & Environment
Certificate: Sustainable Systems Analysis
Coursework: Electric Power Markets, Energy Modeling, Lifecycle Assessment, Energy Economics & Policy, Petroleum Exploration, Energy Technology & Impacts.
Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, May 2016
Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
Major: Appropriate Technology
Minor: Sustainable Development
Certificate: Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Coursework: Solar Photovoltaic Technology, Wind & Hydro Technology, Sustainable Building Design, Building Mechanical Systems, Sustainable Transportation


Professional Experience

Client Sustainability Consultant, Recreation Equipment Inc. (REI), Durham, NC
LCA Modeling: Produced Attributional & Comparative Lifecycle Assessment Models to quantify environmental impacts of REI’s Zipper Bicycle. Analyzed potential implications for all REI Brand Bicycle Products from manufacturing, packaging, and shipping perspectives.
Consulting: Acquired client communication experience through bi-weekly conference calls and memorandums.
Spring, 2017
Board of Directors, United Solar Initiative, Chapel Hill, NC
Project Management: Organized and oversaw solar PV installation projects at community centers in Nicaragua with NC based non-profit organization, United Solar Initiative, and Appalachian State University students. Work involved planning, sourcing materials, managing work crew, and leading volunteers to ensure high quality and on-time PV installation. Responsible for managing Operations and Maintenance team, communicating quarterly with Nicaraguan community leaders to ensure installed systems function properly. Managing two ongoing domestic PV installations for homeless and refugee centers in NC. 2014-Present. 
Research Assistant, Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative (SETI) at Duke, Durham, NC
Research: Performed systematic review of literature on clean energy adoption to identify research and knowledge gaps alongside Duke faculty and student research team.
Conferences: Organize annual SETI Conference in May 2017 for SETI Researchers worldwide. Coordinate collaboration workshop between Triangle-Area Universities and Organizations including presentations from researchers at Duke, UNC, NC State, Research Triangle Institute (RTI), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Market Research Analyst Intern, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, Raleigh, NC
Stakeholder engagement: Interviewed clean energy business leaders and clean energy adopters to compile a survey understanding consumer motivations for purchasing renewable energy.
Data modeling: Contributed to the Annual Southeast Clean Energy Census by compiling survey responses from clean energy businesses into spreadsheets for modeling growth in the industry.
Research/Writing: Assembled literature review of utility scale PV on agricultural land for North Carolina Department of Agriculture Report.
Summer, 2016.
Data Management Chair, Renewable Energy Initiative at Appalachian State, Boone, NC
Project Finance Management: Elected Board Member for Appalachian State’s Renewable Energy Initiative (REI), a student organization responsible for managing $70,000 per semester in student fees to install and maintain renewable energy systems on campus.
Committee Chair: Responsible for monitoring and visualizing the output of energy from the 14 renewable energy systems, installing sensors to measure energy metrics, and leading committee meetings as Data Management Chair.
Energy Specialist Intern, Home Energy Solutions of the Triad, Greensboro, NC
Performed home weatherization (air sealing, new insulation installation, blower door and duct blaster testing), assessed historic homes for efficiency improvements, updated client lists for future marketing and customer relations improvements. Summer, 2015.

Additional Information

Proficient: Microsoft Excel, ArcGIS, ENVI, openLCA, STATA | Basic Knowledge: AutoCAD, Building Information Modeling (BIM), System Advisor Model (SAM), Hybrid Optimization of Multiple Energy Resources (HOMER)
Honors and Activities
US Green Building Council North Carolina Rob Eggers Memorial Scholar, 2016, Member of North Carolina Association of Environmental Professionals (NCAEP), Four Year Letterwinner for Appalachian State Women's Soccer (2012-16), Duke Women's Soccer Video Coordinator (Present)


business development
energy efficiency
project management

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources

Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Business / Industry