Kayla Acker-Carter

Class Year: 
2021
Current Position: 
RAY Clean Energy Diversity Fellow: Carbon-Free Buildings Program
Current Organization: 
Rocky Mountain Institute
Location: 
Boulder, CO

Kayla developed her passion for the environment while growing up in her hometown of Annapolis, Maryland. Watching the rising water level at the downtown harbor made her want to act to help preserve her town and other coastal cities that face the same fate. After high school, Kayla attended Wilkes University and graduated with honors in environmental engineering and a minor in sustainability management. 

During her undergraduate career, Kayla was president of the university's section of The Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Through SWE, she participated in community outreach events to encourage more girls to join the STEM field. In addition to her role in SWE, Kayla also participated in research with Middletown Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania to help develop their climate action plan. Additionally, she lead a team of students to design a Minnesota filter to treat phosphorous in the stormwater runoff for a local lake. 

Kayla is extremely excited to start her position with RMI's carbon-free buildings team. Outside of her professional work, she loves to dance, cook, watch musicals, and explore new cities.