Zhuying (Zoey) Xu

Zhuying (Zoey) Xu

Career Interests

Corporate sustainability, cost-benefit analysis, energy efficiency.


Master of Environmental Management, May 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Certification of Sustainable Systems Analysis
Concentration: Environmental Economics and Policy.
Courses: Environmental Politics, Resource and Environmental Economics, Tropical Ecology.
Skills: Life-cycle Assessment, Policy Analysis, Cost-benefit Analysis, Statistics (STATA).
Bachelor of Environmental Studies, April 2016
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Bachelor of Science in Geography, April 2016
Nanjing University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China.
Highly selective 2+2 Program.
Majors: Geography and Environmental Resource Management.
Courses: Environmental Economics, C Programming, GIS, Climatology, Natural Hazards.

Professional Experience

Research assistant, Client-based Capstone Project with Schneider Electric, Duke University, Durham, US.
Validated the ROI of sustainably-centric use cases in the Chatham Park development for the client Schneider Electric. Constructed energy models to compare residential energy efficiency with a combination of Schneider Electric products and energy efficiency measures using eQUEST software. April 2017.
Client-based Project, REI, Duke University, Durham, US.
Measured the Higg Index and developed a life-cycle assessment model for REI’s product Flex Lite chair to examine product and supply chain sustainability including greenhouse gas emissions, wastewater treatment, and chemical management. Provide recommendations on re-designation of the product and sustainability practices in the supply chain. April 2017.
Project Innovator, Duke Interdisciplinary Social Innovators Student Club, Duke University, Durham, US.
Performed cost-benefit analysis of the removal and replacement of 20,000 dying willow and water oak trees for the client Durham City-County Environmental Affairs Board. Used i-Tree Software to calculate the monetary value of trees’ environmental benefits including storm water interception, energy savings, carbon sequestration, air quality improvement and aesthetic values. Present the final report to the Durham City Council. February 2017.
Undergraduate Honors Thesis, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada.
Tilted Disaster Aid Coordination: Online Platform as Disaster a Response to the 2015 Nepal Earthquake.
Examined if online crowdsourcing platforms can be effectively and efficiently used for disaster coordination by taking two online platforms as examples: OpenStreetMap and QuakeMap. Established a conceptual framework to identify the effectiveness of the platforms. Designed and distributed surveys to the designer Kathmandu Living Labs and involved disaster relief agency UNSECO Kathmandu. April 2016.
National Olympic Committees Volunteer, Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, Nanjing, China.
Served as a translator for athletes, coaches, and government officials. Advanced interpersonal communication skills and strengthened problem-solving and decision-making skills in urgent situations. September 2014.


cost-benefit analysis
energy efficiency
environmental economics

Graduation Date

May 2018

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Non-profit / NGO