Director, Climate Protection Partnerships Division
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
About Carolyn Snyder

I am the Director of U.S. EPA’s Climate Protection Partnerships Division. The Division uses the power of partnerships to remove market barriers for energy efficiency and renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, resulting in economic and environmental benefits. The Division’s programs include the EPA’s flagship partnership program, ENERGY STAR, which offers energy efficiency solutions across the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. Other programs include the Green Power Partnership, the Combined Heat and Power Partnership, the Center for Corporate Climate Leadership, and the State and Local Energy and Environment Program.

I have spent the last decade working on climate science and energy policy at institutions around the world. I received my Ph.D. from Stanford University’s Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER), with a specialization in climate science and policy. My research sought to better characterize important uncertainties in our understanding and predictions of climate change. My dissertation examined the Earth’s sensitivity to climate change over the past million years. I also assessed the impacts of extreme weather events in California. At the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), I analyzed global energy models with the team that developed the emissions scenarios for the IPCC. Prior to Stanford, I completed a Marshall Scholarship, where I earned a Masters in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford, and a Masters in Quaternary Science from the University of Cambridge.

I currently live in Maryland with my husband Chris, son Eli, daughter Mira, and dog Maya.