Carolyn Szum

Carolyn Szum

Carolyn Szum

Assistant Leader
(510) 486-4106

Ms. Szum is a Program Manager with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) with 15 years of experience leading international initiatives on clean energy and climate change.  She currently heads the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE) Integrated Team on Policy and Markets, a five-year initiative to catalyze investment in building energy efficiency technologies in the United States and China through increased data transparency, availability of benchmarking and auditing tools; and access to financing.  She also manages operations for the CERC-BEE program, overseeing budget, deliverables, outreach, and industry relations for a portfolio of five U.S.-China bilateral building energy efficiency research and development (R&D) initiatives.

Prior to joining LBNL, Ms. Szum was a Lead-Managing Consultant at ICF International (ICF). While at ICF, she led development and deployment of the first on-line comparative building energy performance benchmarking tool for China, modeled after the ENERGY STAR® benchmarking tool.  She also oversaw ICF involvement in the Word Bank/Global Environment Facility (GEF) Urban-Scale Building Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Project to prepare and demonstrate tools and guidelines for a Chinese national building energy performance benchmarking and disclosure (EPB&PD) program.  For the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Energy Efficiency and Clean Development Program (EECDP), she managed a team developing a regional building energy performance benchmarking tool for Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries. She also served as Deputy Chief of Party for the USAID US-China Sustainable Buildings Partnership, which trained more than 1% of China’s commercial building stock on low-cost building energy efficiency techniques. From 2008 to 2012, she managed the Asia-Pacific Partnership (APP) Sustainable Building Operations Program and, prior to this, led the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) international building energy efficiency program, eeBuildings, which shared lessons from the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR program in 15 cities in Asia.  Ms. Szum has also served as a U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR account manager, assisting Starwood, Exxon Mobile, Hilton, Neuberger Berman, and Hines, in designing and implementing corporate energy management strategies, evaluating the financial value of energy efficiency investments, and gaining public recognition for their success. Ms. Szum is a member of the China-U.S. Energy Efficiency Alliance Technical Advisory Group, and previously served on the Hong Kong Building Environment Council (BEC) Energy Advisory Group; as Co-chair of the U.S.-China Energy Cooperation Partnership (ECP) Energy-Efficient Buildings & Design Working Group; and on the U.S.-China ECP Smart Grid Working Group. 

Ms. Szum has an M.A. in International Relations from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She also holds a B.A. in International Studies and Business, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, from Colby College. She has studied Chinese at Middlebury College and National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) in Taiwan as a Rotary Scholar and is proficient in Mandarin, Chinese and Spanish.

Selected Publications

Nachtrieb R., Fridley, D., Wei, F., Karali, N., Khanna, N., Zhou, N., Tran, J., and Szum, C. 2017. “CERC-BEE Impact Model.” Cambridge, MA: 2017 International System Dynamics Conference Proceedings. 

Szum, C., Zhou, N., Lisauskas, S., Frieze, M., Xi, C., Pan, Z. 2017. “Lessons from the U.S. and China for Increasing Transparency and Harmonizing Measurement and Verification (M&V) Practices in the Buildings Sector.” Stockholm, Sweden: ECEEE 2017 Summer Study - Consumption, Efficiency, Limits. 

Schlein, B., Szum, C., Zhou, N., Ge, J., He, H. 2017. “Lessons from Europe, North America, and Asia: Financing Models that are Facilitating Building Energy Efficiency at Scale.” Stockholm, Sweden: ECEEE 2017 Summer Study - Consumption, Efficiency, Limits.

Wei, F., Li, X., Szum, C., Zhou, N., Bendewald, M., Meng, Z., Zeng, Y. 2017. “From Prescriptive to Outcome Based – the Evolution of Building Energy Codes and Standards in China.” Stockholm, Sweden: ECEEE 2017 Summer Study - Consumption, Efficiency, Limits.

Franconi, Ellen, Michal Bendewald, Jon Creyts, Carolyn Szum, and Nan Zhou. “Opportunities for Realizing Drastic Reductions in Building Sector Carbon Emissions through U.S.-China Collaboration,” Proceedings for the 2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings (August 2016): 1-13.

Szum, Carolyn, “Clean Technology.” 2014 American Business in China White Paper (April 2014): 186-192.

Szum, Carolyn, Yanbing Zhao, Zhou Zhou, Bin Hao, and Shan Liu, “Construction, Equipment, Technology, and Operational Characteristics of Very Low-Energy Hotels in China,” Paper Collection for the Tenth International Conference on Green and Energy-Efficient Buildings (March 2014): 1-15.

Xu Wei, Donald Anderson, David Hathaway, Carolyn Szum, and Yanbing Zhao, Research and Comparison on International Building Energy Codes and Standards (November 2012). 

Zhang Shicong, Zheng Wei, Xi Chen, Carolyn Szum, Yanbing Zhao, and Yin-Kun Liu, “Investigation and Analysis on Low-Cost Energy Efficiency Measurements for Large Public Buildings,” Building Science 28, no.12 (December 2012): 51-56.

Szum, Carolyn and Yanbing Zhao, “The Importance of O&M for Green Buildings,” Energy Review 32 (August 2011): 68-70.

Szum, Carolyn and Yanbing Zhao, “Improving Building Energy Efficiency by Improving Building Operations,” Construction Science and Technology Magazine, no. 12 (August 2011): 25-28.

Szum, Carolyn, “2010 Energy Benchmarking Survey Summary of Findings,” Horwath HTL Newsletter, China, no. 1 (2011): 13-16.

Szum, Carolyn, “URBN Hotel Shanghai – A Commitment to Operational Excellence Yields Significant Financial and Environmental Rewards,” URBN Post Magazine (September 2010).

“Strategies for Decreasing Carbon Footprint of Chinese Companies and Meeting Global Sustainability Challenges,” Woodrow Wilson Center International Center for Scholars China Environment Series (2008/2009):120 – 123.

Szum, Carolyn, Don Anderson, and Yiqin Pan, “Reducing Energy Use through Low-Cost/No-Cost Operational Practices: Specific Measures that Work,” RFP Magazine, no. 14 (November 2005): 35-38.

“eeBuildings: Sharing Strategies for Improving Building Energy Performance in Shanghai,” Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars China Environment Series, no. 7 (2005): 104.