Carolyn Szum

Carolyn Szum

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Carolyn Szum is a Program Manager at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with 17 years of experience leading and managing domestic and international building energy efficiency market transformation initiatives, with specialized focus on building energy performance benchmarking and climate finance.

Prior to joining Berkeley Lab, Ms. Szum was a Lead Managing Consultant at ICF International (ICF). While there, she served as Deputy Chief of Party for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) U.S.-China Sustainable Buildings Partnership (SBP) and Project Lead for the USAID Energy Efficiency and Clean Development Program (EECDP) in Southeast Asia. She also led the mid-term evaluation of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) China Utility-based Energy Efficiency 3 (CHUEE) program; oversaw ICF involvement in the World Bank/Global Environment Facility (CEG) Urban-Scale Building Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Project; managed the Asia-Pacific Partnership (APP) Sustainable Building Operations Program; and supported the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) domestic and international building energy efficiency programs, ENERGY STAR and eeBuildings.

Ms. Szum has led projects in the United States, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan, and Thailand and served on the Hong Kong Business Environment Council and as Co-Chair of the U.S.-China Energy Cooperation Program Energy Efficient Building Design Working Group. She has an M.A. in International Relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She also holds a B.A. in International Studies and Business, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, from Colby College. She has studied Chinese at Middlebury College and National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan as a Rotary Scholar and is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.


International Relations, M.A., Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, 2015
International Studies, Business, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, Colby College, 2001

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Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy , Special Issue Guest Editor