Carolyn Szum is a Program Manager at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with 17 years of experience leading U.S.-China bilateral and U.S.-Southeast Asia regional initiatives on clean energy.
She currently provides senior management and leadership for an international, multi-disciplinary, scientific research center on building energy efficiency and leads research on building performance benchmarking and climate finance. In 2020, she was awarded an R&D 100 Award for development of the Building Efficiency Targeting Tool for Energy Retrofits (BETTER) web application and a LBNL Director’s Award for Exemplary Achievement in Technology Transfer to advance the science of data-driven, remote building energy analysis to improve building energy efficiency at speed and scale worldwide. In 2019, she was earned a Keeling Curve Prize Honorable Mention for her innovative work in 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.
Li, H., C. Szum, S. Snyder, S. Lisauskas, and A. Bhekit. 2019. “Targeting Building Energy Efficiency Opportunities - An Open-source Analytical and Benchmarking Tool.” In Proceedings of the 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference. Atlanta, GA: ASHRAE.
Szum, C., F. Wei, B. Liljequist, J. Newman, Y. Lyu, S. Zhang, X. Chen. 2018. “Best Practices from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economies for Scaling Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB).” In Proceedings of the 2018 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Washington, DC: ACEEE.
Connelly, J., C. Szum, S. Liu, B. Liljequist. 2018. “China’s Road to Net Zero Energy.” In Proceedings of the 2018 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Washington, DC: ACEEE.
Ge, J., F. Wei, N. Zhou, M. Levine, and C. Szum. 2017. “Accelerating Energy Efficiency in China’s Existing Commercial Buildings Part 2: Solutions and Policy Recommendations.” Berkeley, CA: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Ge, J., F. Wei, N. Zhou, M. Levine, and C. Szum. 2017. “Accelerating Energy Efficiency in China's Existing Commercial Buildings, Part 1: Barrier Analysis.” Berkeley, CA: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Schlein, B., C. Szum, N. Zhou, J. Ge, and H. He. 2017. "Lessons from Europe, North America, and Asia: Financing Models that are Facilitating Building Energy Efficiency at Scale." In Proceedings of the 2017 ECEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency. Presqu'ile Giens, Hyeres, France: ECEEE.
Szum, C., N. Zhou, S. Lisauskas, M. Frieze, X. Chen, and Z. Pan. 2017. "Lessons from the United States and China for Increasing Transparency and Harmonizing Measurement and Verification Practices in the Buildings Sector." In Proceedings of the 2017 ECEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency. Presqu'ile Giens, Hyeres, France: ECEEE.
Wei, F., X. Li, C. Szum, N. Zhou, M. Bendewald, Z. Meng, Y. Zeng. 2017. “From Prescriptive to Outcome Based – the Evolution of Building Energy Codes and Standards in China.” In Proceedings of the 2017 ECEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency. Presqu'ile Giens, Hyeres, France: ECEEE.
Nachtrieb R., D. Fridley, F. Wei, N. Karali, N. Khanna, N. Zhou, J. Tran, and C. Szum. 2017. “CERC-BEE Impact Model.” In Proceedings for the 2017 International System Dynamics Conference (ISDC). Cambridge, Massachusetts: ISDC.
Franconi, E., M. Bendewald, J. Creyts, C. Szum, and N. Zhou. 2016. “Opportunities for Realizing Drastic Reductions in Building Sector Carbon Emissions through U.S.-China Collaboration.” In Proceedings for the 2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Washington, DC: ACEEE.
Szum, C. 2014. “Clean Technology.” 2014 American Business in China White Paper (April 2014): 186-192.
Szum, C., Y. Zhao, Z. Zhou, B. Hao, and S. Liu. 2014. “Construction, Equipment, Technology, and Operational Characteristics of Very Low-Energy Hotels in China.” In Paper Collection for the Tenth International Conference on Green and Energy-Efficient Buildings. Beijing, China: China Green Building Council.
Xu W., D. Anderson, D. Hathaway, C. Szum, and Y. Zhao. 2012. Research and Comparison on International Building Energy Codes and Standards. Beijing, China: China Academy of Building Research.
Zhang S., Z. Wei, X. Chen, C. Szum, Y. Zhao, and Y. Liu. 2012. “Investigation and Analysis on Low-Cost Energy Efficiency Measurements for Large Public Buildings.” Building Science 28 (12): 51-56.
Szum, C. and Y. Zhao. 2011. “The Importance of O&M for Buildings.” Energy Review 32: 68-70.
Szum, C. and Y. Zhao. 2011. “Improving Building Energy Efficiency by Improving Building Operations.” Construction Science and Technology Magazine (12): 25-28.
Szum, C. 2011. “2010 Energy Benchmarking Survey Summary of Findings.” Horwath HTL Newsletter, China. Szum, C. 2010. “URBN Hotel Shanghai – A Commitment to Operational Excellence Yields Significant Financial
and Environmental Rewards.” URBN Post Magazine, September.
“Strategies for Decreasing Carbon Footprint of Chinese Companies and Meeting Global Sustainability Challenges.” 2009. Woodrow Wilson Center International Center for Scholars China Environment Series (2008/2009):120-123.
Szum, C., D. Anderson, and Y. Pan. 2005. “Reducing Energy Use through Low-Cost/No-Cost Operational Practices: Specific Measures that Work.” RFP Magazine, November.
“eeBuildings: Sharing Strategies for Improving Building Energy Performance in Shanghai. 2005. “Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars China Environment Series (7): 104.