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Faith Smith

Faith Smith

Senior Climate Analyst

Faith is a Senior Climate Analyst for CarbonBetter, with over seven years of energy-water nexus policy and research experience.

Prior to joining CarbonBetter, Faith worked for TCEQ, where she helped the agency receive oil and gas wastewater permitting authority from the EPA and for ClearPath, a think-tank focused on decarbonizing the electric power sector in Washington, DC.

Faith managed ClearPath’s energy storage and renewable energy portfolios, including collaboration on and off the Hill and across political spectrums. Her policy expertise includes federal energy and environmental legislative drafting, briefings and white paper curation. Additionally, she also worked for an energy and water software startup in Austin, and with Rio Tinto Kennecott Utah Copper’s energy program before embarking on graduate school.

Faith has experience in energy and environmental project management, research development, and consulting. She has an extensive background in energy technologies, policy, as well as state and federal regulatory experience. Her graduate study at UT-Austin centered on the energy-water nexus as it relates to fossil fuels, water management, international energy, and environmental policy. Her Dual Masters thesis focused on a net water assessment for coal mining in West Virginia, the impacts on surrounding aquifers, potential policy implications, and future use of water.

She holds a MS in Energy and Earth Resources (Jackson School of Geosciences), a MGPS in Energy, Environment & Technology Policy from UT-Austin (LBJ School of Public Affairs), and a BS in Environmental Science from Westminster College.

Faith is originally from Utah, and loves to spend her free time with her husband, their infant son, and two Shelties exploring national parks.

Recent Posts from Faith Smith

Fierce Whiskers Case Study
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Fierce Whiskers Case Study

Fierce Whiskers is a minority-owned American bourbon distillery, focused on quality and sustainability from grain to glass. They’ve been CarbonBetter since day one by considering the impact of decisions from brand development to construction to grain sourcing and beyond.

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An Old Church Gets a New Life as CarbonBetter HQ
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An Old Church Gets a New Life as CarbonBetter HQ

While repurposing an old building was an important start on our path to create a lower impact headquarters, we also made significant efforts to reduce our impact, including salvaged wood desks and using the original foundation.

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OKO Forests Case Study
Case Study

OKO Forests Case Study

OKO Forests is located in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. OKO began as a reforestation project, creating a buffer zone adjacent to the Kogyae Strict Nature Reserve (KSNR). The project protects and enhances biodiversity while creating sustainability socioeconomic benefits from nearby communities.

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