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Caroline Ott

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Caroline is a Manager in the Global Climate Finance Program of the Rocky Mountain Institute. In this role, Caroline manages the program’s work on net climate finance, results-based climate finance, and climate finance access for least developed countries. Caroline was also one of four co-authors of the America’s Pledge report presented at the United Nations climate conference in November 2017.

BACKGROUND

Prior to RMI, Caroline worked at the World Bank in the Climate and Carbon Finance Unit, where she implemented a $50 million pilot testing the use of auctions to allocate climate finance. Prior to the World Bank, she worked as a strategy consultant at California Environmental Associates, where she advised over twenty environmental nonprofits and foundations on program design and evaluation. She began her career as a carbon markets analyst at Ecosystem Marketplace.

EDUCATION

BA, Economics, Columbia University
MA, Development Economics, Tufts University

LOCATION

Washington, D.C.

Authored Works
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Auctioned Price Floors: Changing How We Invest in Climate

Here’s the challenge: you work for a government agency or philanthropy that wants to encourage climate mitigation projects such as solar energy installations or building efficiency upgrades, and you have a grant budget of $50 million to invest anywhere in the world. You want to invest in projects that reduce…

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The New Face of American Leadership on Climate Change

It’s official: U.S. states, cities, and businesses have emerged as the new face of American climate leadership on the global stage. Today, November 11, 2017 at the United Nations climate conference in Bonn, California Governor Jerry Brown and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled the first product of…

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Demonstrating U.S. Climate Leadership

Since the White House announcement of its intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, American mayors, governors, CEOs, and other leaders have been reaffirming their support for continued action on climate change. As of last month, we have seen nine states, 227 cities and counties, 315 institutions of higher education,…

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What Salad and Ice Cream Tell Us about Climate Finance

Imagine you’re on a diet—but to measure progress, you decide to count only the number of salads you’re eating while ignoring the number of ice creams. That, in a nutshell, is what has happened in global discussions on climate finance, according to a new discussion paper from Rocky Mountain Institute…