Claire Wayner '22

Current Student, Princeton University

Claire Wayner is a senior from Baltimore, Maryland, studying environmental engineering with certificates in sustainable energy and environmental studies. She has always had a deep love of the natural world and a passion for protecting it, which has motivated her to dedicate her academic studies to climate change mitigation efforts. Her current senior thesis research with Professor Jesse Jenkins focuses on using optimization modeling to determine future zero-carbon pathways for the United States, building on the results of the seminal Princeton Net-Zero America study released in 2020. A 2021 Truman Scholar and 2020 Udall Scholar, Claire is actively involved in making Princeton's campus more sustainable, having served as president of the Princeton Student Climate Initiative, as the inaugural Undergraduate Student Government Sustainability Chair, and as a student EcoRep for the Princeton Office of Sustainability. Through internships at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and National Renewable Energy Laboratory, she has become fascinated by the electricity grid and sees her life’s mission as decarbonizing it through sound policies and regulations. After graduation, she will be joining RMI, a nonprofit focused on clean energy and climate policy, where she will be working on their electricity market decarbonization campaign. In her spare time, she can be found birding with the Princeton Birding Society, rock climbing with the Princeton University Climbing Team, and leading trips for Princeton Outdoor Action. She is a 2022 Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize recipient and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi.