Carolin Tolentino is a research fellow at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE); she supports the Buildings Team with research on energy codes and zero-energy buildings, as well as outreach and administrative tasks.
She was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to the US with her family at a young age. She has spent most of her life in NYC, where she first experienced and began to cherish diversity. Carolin graduated from Rice University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in German Studies and Environmental Policy. Passionate about climate change since childhood, she is devoted to a greener and more sustainable future, one that includes low-income communities and communities of color which have historically carried a disproportionate environmental burden. She is interested in big-scale change and how good policy can have a tangible, wide-reaching impact. Specific sectors of interest include urban planning/green building, renewable energy/energy efficiency, and transportation.
She previously interned at Urban Green Council with their Education Department, assisting with outreach and delivery efforts, UGC’s energy code training classes, and volunteering at sustainability events across NYC. During an academic year abroad in Germany, she interned at ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability; she was part of the Sustainable Resources, Climate, and Resilience Team, and contributed to research, dissemination efforts, and project deliverables.
Carolin’s personal interests include literature, languages, traveling, learning about history and cultures, and all things food-related.