Colin Walker

Colin Walker

Diverse experience in energy systems analysis and marketing, with an emphasis on energy efficiency and corporate sustainability. Skilled in project development, financial analysis, and team leadership. 

Career Interests

energy efficiency, demand response, energy procurement, renewable development, energy modeling

Employment Sought:
Permanent Position


Master of Environmental Management, May 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Energy & Environment 
Focus: energy efficiency in buildings; distributed renewable energy development
Study areas: project finance; energy systems modeling; data analysis; life cycle assessment; R, VBA, SQL
Bachelor of Arts, Phi Beta Kappa, General Honors, May 2009
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Film Major
Microeconomics, Earth Sciences, French; Semester Abroad: FAMU Film School, Czech Republic, Spring 2007

Professional Experience

Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow, Grubb Properties, Cary, NC 
Partnered with Grubb Properties, a vertically integrated real estate development and management company, to identify value-maximizing energy and water efficiency projects across 17 properties in their multifamily residential portfolio. Engaged stakeholders from five different departments and senior leadership, to cultivate long-term commitment to sustainability initiatives that improve the company’s environmental impact and bottom line. Supplied Grubb with sustainability best practices and cutting-edge market trends, via the Environmental Defense Fund’s network of engineering and consulting firms, NGOs, the Department of Energy and the EPA. 2017
Energy Education Graduate Assistant, Duke University Energy Initiative, Durham, NC
Coordinated experiential energy industry learning opportunities, including networking events, field trips, and guest speakers. Advised Energy Initiative on Duke’s energy curriculum, based on market research and community feedback. Conducted research to improve communications between Duke students, alumni, and energy industry experts. 2016 – 2017 
Team Lead, Promotional Marketing, Independent Contractor, New York, NY
Managed teams of up to 30 brand ambassadors, improving team members’ dedication, initiative, and effectiveness. Regularly exceeded expectations of clients, who included leaders from a wide range of industries: software; mobile devices; entertainment; food and beverage. Mastered diverse marketing strategies, leading social media, canvassing, sampling, convention booth, and flash mob events. 2010 – 2016
Associate, Sustainability Initiatives, Food Service Industry, Los Angeles, CA & New York, NY
Rapidly integrated Los Angeles’ new water use restrictions with Mina Group’s Bourbon Steak restaurant, ensuring compliance while preserving the company’s industry-leading standards of excellence. Eliminated the shipping and disposal of thousands of plastic bottles every month by assisting the transition to sustainable, house-filtered water at Thomas Keller Restaurant Group’s Bouchon Bakery. Reinstated the ‘Grounds for your Garden’ program at a ‘tier-one,’ high-profile Starbucks Coffee store, enabling New Yorkers to help offset the store’s significant volume of used coffee grounds. 2009 – 2015   
Locations Database Manager, Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office, Sarasota, FL               
Created and maintained SCFEO’s locations database in effort to attract film projects to Sarasota County. Consulted with production companies to find ideal project locations, resulting in more local film productions, generating significant revenue for Sarasota. Negotiated with landowners for photography and publicity rights to their property. 2007

Additional Information

Duke: Co-Chair of Energy Week 2017, Nicholas Energy Club Career Lead | Vassar: Shared Bike Program Founder, NCAA Fencing | Devoted volunteer for wildlife conservation; Accredited film actor and director


cost-benefit analysis
energy efficiency
excel modeling
project management

Graduation Date

May 2018



Preferred Location


Preferred Sector

Business / Industry
Entrepreneur / Start-up