Caroline Jo '08 - Centennial Young Alumna Distinction Award Recipient
Caroline Jo' 08 - Renewable Energy Leadership Program
While at The Study, Caroline was an avid debater and co-organizer of The Study Model United Nations Conference with Julia Deutsch ’08. She was also a member of the Shalheveth Freier Physics Team that proceeded to win in Israel (with former classmates Lara De Stefano, Tiffany Madon, Amanda McCoubrey, Julie D’Aoust and coach Ms. Kelly Miller). Caroline played Oliver in Oliver Twist and was a proud member, Sports Captain, and Head of Delta Beta. In her final year at The Study, Caroline was selected by the British Council as one of the three Canadian International Climate Champions to attend the G8+5 Environment Ministers’ Meeting in Kobe, Japan. Upon returning to Canada, she and other Climate Champions, including Julie D’Aoust ’08 mobilized a national eco-week that involved more than 13,000 students. For her environmental activities, Caroline was a recipient of the 2009 Top 20 Under 20 Award which annually recognizes 20 of Canada’s youth who have a meaningful impact on society via outstanding leadership, innovation and accomplishments.
After graduating from The Study, Caroline attended the Arts and Science program at Marianopolis College and then went on to Princeton University. At Princeton, she majored at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and pursued certificates (minors) in both Environmental Studies and East Asian Studies. She also chaired SURGE, Princeton’s largest environmental group, and organized Princeton’s first large-scale Earth Day celebration, which included a speech from the UN Roving Ambassador for Climate Change, and involved over a dozen on- campus and off-campus groups.
In her junior year at Princeton, Caroline studied abroad at Chinese University of Hong Kong where she researched and published a paper on regional air pollution with her adviser, Professor Lynn White. While at Princeton, she also had the opportunity to present policy papers at the U.S. State Department, as well as to Lisa Jackson, the former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Caroline’s summers included working for HSBC France in Paris, as well as working for the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division. While at Princeton, Caroline was the recipient of the 2012 Plohn Award given for academic excellence to a Woodrow Wilson School Junior, as well as the 2013 Thomas A. Barron Environmental Leadership Prize awarded to a graduating senior for academic excellence and leadership in the environmental field. She is also a Quebec Rhodes Finalist.
Upon graduating from Princeton, Caroline was a Princeton-in-Asia fellow in Beijing, China, where she taught at the China Foreign Affairs University and volunteered at the Global Environmental Institute, a local environmental NGO. Following her year in Beijing, she pursued an M.Phil in Environmental Policy at the University of Cambridge. While there, she coxed for the Wolfson College rowing team, and worked for the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law. In August, Caroline joined SunEdison, a renewable energy company in San Francisco as an analyst in their Renewable Energy Leadership Development Program.