Dominic Molinari

Undergraduate Researcher
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Dominic is an undergraduate at UC Berkeley majoring in Environmental Engineering Science. His interdisciplinary course of study has allowed him to become well versed in a broad range of sectors dealing with energy and the environment, including climate change mitigation, behavior change, green building practices, renewable energy, and sustainable development.
As an undergraduate researcher at the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, Dominic researches environmentally-friendly end use behavior and is responsible for constructing widgets for the "Take Action" steps of the various calculators.

His engineering mind and social awareness motivated him to start the Berkeley chapter of Engineers Without Borders, which partners with developing communities to improve their quality of life through the implementation of environmentally sustainable, equitable, and economical engineering projects while developing socially and environmentally conscious engineering students.

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University of California, Berkeley: B.S. in Environmental Engineering Science with a minor in Energy and Resources (2012)

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Co-Founder and President
Engineers Without Borders- UC Berkeley Chapter
2008 – 2010 (2 years)

Sophia Ashton

Outreach Coordinator
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Sophia is an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley majoring in Environmental Sciences. She is an outreach coordinator for the CoolClimate Network in the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory. Sophia’s research interests include effective education strategies regarding the impact of resource consumption, methods to better engage individuals with their carbon footprint, and energy efficiency design and implementation.

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University of California, Berkeley: B.S. in Environmental Science (2012)

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Sophia's past experience includes private industry research on social perceptions of environmental issues such as electricity generation. In addition, Sophia has worked with non- profit organizations to research urban forest mortality and water usage in the west.

Berkeley Institute of the Environment (BIE)

The Berkeley Institute for the Environment brings together UC Berkeley resources across all disciplines to solve environmental issues and expand environmental understanding. BIE addresses complex environmental concerns through education, collaboration and project implementation.
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BIE is a longstanding partner of CCN and has provided research collaboration and unwavering support.
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PG&E Supply Chain Analysis

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Supply chain carbon management is emerging as a promising new strategy to reduce economy-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Roughly one third of all U.S. emissions result from the production of goods and services. Quantifying the environmental impacts of products and services is the primary objective of life cycle assessment (LCA); however, these techniques to-date have rarely been applied to companies as a whole. Instead, companies have typically limited accounting and reporting of GHG emissions to direct combustion of fossil fuels (Scope 1) and emissions resulting from purchased electricity (Scope 2).
New standards for inclusion of supply chain emissions in GHG reporting have been proposed by the World Resources Institute and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and dozens of companies are currently testing the protocol. While the proposed standard requires reporting of the largest sources of emissions, it does not specify methodologies to quantify these emissions.
The current proposal will illustrate a “stepping stone approach” to life cycle assessment, providing increasingly detailed information on supply chain emissions resulting from roughly $3 billion of procurement by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Input-output life cycle assessment will first be used to identify carbon “hotspots” in supply chains. Increasingly detailed information on PG&Eʼs suppliers will then be used to refine the results and to quantify GHG emission reduction opportunities. The published results will provide a detailed case study of supply chain carbon accounting and management.

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