Emilie Street (’18) is working as a Research Assistant for Resource Innovations, a women-owned, community-focused environmental consultancy. Resource Innovations specializes in providing energy efficiency services for vulnerable communities.
“Something I took away from my time at the Clinton School is that both research and increasing individual human agency are both important aspects of creating social change,” Street said. “I think in this job I can use research to support our programs, which I believe will increase human agency by providing free energy upgrades, and in some cases free health and safety upgrades.”
Resource Innovations designs and delivers energy savings programs. Energy efficiency lowers utility bills, but it can also increase property value, business profitability, and personal comfort and quality of life.
Currently, Resource Innovations partners with ICF to implement Entergy Arkansas’s new Low-Income Solutions energy efficiency programs. Street will provide both research assistance and program support for most of the residential programs.
“I have done a lot of previous research and program management work in the past, which is what initially attracted me to the position,” Street said. “Furthermore, I thought it was an exciting opportunity to learn about a new field while working for a company that is women-owned and that focuses on utilizing energy efficiency to promote sustainability, equity, diversity, and inclusion.”
Street completed her International Public Service Project with Give and Surf, an organization that offers education programs to directly serve a population of over 1,000 indigenous and Panamanian students living on four islands in the Bocas del Toro Island archipelago.
As part of her final Capstone project, Street worked with Dr. Rebecca Glazier of UA Little Rock on qualitative data analysis from the Little Rock Congregations Study, which researched how congregational community engagement impacts the community, places of worship, and their members. Street’s work included creating qualitative codebooks, coding and analyzing over sixty interviews with leaders of various faith communities.
In addition to her Master of Public Service, Street graduated with a degree in public policy leadership and religious studies from the University of Mississippi. Before enrolling at the Clinton School, she was a member of the Young Adult Service Corps and volunteered as an English teacher at Holy Spirit Episcopal Bilingual School in Honduras.
The Clinton School Speaker Series not only enhances the education of Clinton School students, but also provides a venue for the public to engage in intellectual discussions on the issues of the day.