Jenna Greene calls her contribution to Earth RepAIR, the UW-Madison team participating in the XPRIZE Carbon Removal competition—a $100 million global challenge funded by Elon Musk and the Musk Foundation—“a narrow piece of the puzzle.” But all puzzle pieces are essential to the whole. Greene, who graduated from the La Follette School of Public Affairs with a master’s degree in public policy this spring, brought important insights to the Earth RepAIR team that was among the top 60 groups selected in the multistage competition (and one of only 21 teams focusing on direct air capture).
The UW team, comprised mostly of engineering students and professors, has been working on an innovative system featuring a simple chemical reaction that efficiently harvests carbon dioxide from the air. Greene focused on community engagement – the delicate work that must be done to lay the groundwork for new climate and energy policy.
Read the interview by Mary Ellen Gabriel on the College of Letters & Science website.