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Lauren Mechak

Director of Program Development, ClimeCo

Lauren Mechak is the Director of Program Development at ClimeCo, where she leads the research, design, and implementation of new project development efforts. She works across a diverse set of projects, from nature-based solutions and agriculture to industrial and energy production projects. Her areas of expertise include program design, financial modeling, carbon market policy, as well as carbon offset methodology design and drafting. Most recently, Lauren and the ClimeCo team worked with the Climate Action Reserve to finalize their Adipic Acid Production protocol, which received Board approval in September 2020.

Before working at ClimeCo, Lauren completed a Master of Environmental Management Economics and Policy at Duke University in 2018. During her time at Duke, she worked with the university’s Carbon Offsets Initiative to help Duke achieve carbon neutrality, served as an Article Editor for Duke’s Environmental Law and Policy Forum, and wrote policy briefs for Duke’s Center for Science and Society. Prior to Duke, Lauren earned her B.Sc. from McGill University in Biology in 2013 and worked for three years at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo.