Student

Keeley Bombard (CAS’22)

Campus Climate Lab Researcher & Anthony Janetos Climate Action Prize Recipient | Specialties: Renewable Energy Technologies and Electrification | Environmental Analysis and Policy, Energy and Environment in the BA/MS dual degree program

Researcher working toward an equitable transition away from fossil fuels

About

My area of specialty is renewable energy technologies and electrification. I have a strong desire to promote an equitable transition away from fossil fuels, and look at policy and programmatic solutions to these challenges.

I am originally from Rochester, Mich., but have always been an East Coaster at heart. At BU, I am the vice president of the Environmental Student Organization, a College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Host, an active sister of Omega Phi Alpha community service sorority, a member of Dance Theatre Group, and a member of the Department of Earth & Environment's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. My hobbies include going out into nature, reading, listening to endless podcast episodes, and dancing.

BU Highlights

While at BU, I have had incredible opportunities to be involved in climate-related work. Examples include:

  • Research on electrifying the Charles River Campus through a Campus Climate Lab–funded project. I work with faculty advisors, Michael Gevelber and Nathan Phillips, and a fellow student, Gayatri Sundar Rajan, to create a comprehensive and technically viable strategy for retrofitting and electrifying the heating systems on campus in an effort to significantly reduce BU's greenhouse gas emissions.
  • With the Environmental Student Organization, focused on environmental justice, which culminated in an environmental justice panel of three women of color who work in that field in the Boston area. The event allowed us to educate ourselves and our community on an aspect of environmentalism that we feel deserves more attention.

My involvement with the Campus Climate Lab has been an integral part of my experience at BU, both as a student and as a person. I learned to be more resilient, more determined, and more dedicated to the challenges we as a society need to solve. As I gained a deeper understanding of the problems we face, I became more equipped to handle them.

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