Chase joined NEEP in the summer of 2021 as the Community Solutions Intern, and became the Community Decarbonization Associate in 2022. She is passionate about creative problem solving, community engagement, and advancing energy equity. As Community Decarbonization Associate, Chase manages NEEP’s Regional Communities Working Group, collaborates with and assists local clean energy champions, develops new resources on community building decarbonization, and incorporates principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
Her background is primarily in ecological research and environmental grass roots activism. She graduated cum laude from Smith College in 2020 with a BA in Biological Sciences, and has interned and volunteered with political campaigns, PennEnvironment, The Climate Reality Project, etc. since high school. Her most recent activism prior to joining NEEP was with the Climate Reality Project’s Philadelphia and Southeastern PA Chapter, on a campaign to push Pennsylvania to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).
Q: Name one thing you cannot live without
A: Sunny, warm days spent outside. During the spring and summer I love to work, read, eat, and listen to music sitting in a nice quiet spot in the sun.
Q: What book is currently on your nightstand?
A: The Overstory by Richard Powers, a Pulitzer-prize winning novel about trees.
Q: What’s something about you that would surprise us?
A: I’ve been singing in choirs since I was in second grade, and in college I was up to 16 hours of rehearsal a week! I have sung many different kinds of music, from traditional choral to opera, shape note, a cappella, and more. I also love experimenting with overtone singing