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I recently completed my PhD as a Gates Scholar at Cambridge.


I study energy, climate and environmental politics, with a special focus on California's cap and trade program and environmental justice debates. My academic research has been published in Conservation & Society, Ecosystem Services and several books. I have also published articles on climate policy and practical ethics in national outlets such as the

San Francisco Chronicle, the Houston Chronicle, the Oregonian, the Salt Lake Tribune and the High Country News

Prior to academia, I worked in the specialty coffee industry for six years, where I launched the development branch of a coffee importing company to improve coffee producer livelihoods while conserving the biologically diverse environments where coffee is grown. During that time, I raised $4.4 million as a grant writer and oversaw development projects in 11 countries. Our projects were featured at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting (2011 and 2010), in National Geographic's Wild Chronicles television series and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Libby Blanchard
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