As an Energy Consultant for the City of Toronto, 2010 Environment & Business grad, Dorothy Chao creates, leads and assists in renewable energy programs and projects that generate millions in revenue for the City, while cutting GHG emissions and enhancing the City’s energy security. Day to day, Dorothy works to identify renewable energy opportunities for City owned properties, budget and forecast future developments, issue requests for proposals, and see projects through from conception to construction. Her work directly supported the implementation of the Renewable Energy Policy which now mandates new City owned buildings to incorporate renewable energy as part of their design, along with other policies that support sustainability.
Dorothy is a passionate environmental advocate, speaking and mentoring at a variety of events and groups in Toronto. She was recently a guest speaker for the University of Toronto Sustainable Energy Engineers Seminar and at an Ontario Public Service event. Dorothy volunteers her time and knowledge to Rethink Sustainability and Canada Green Building Council, where she received her LEED Accredited Professional Operations and Maintenance certificate in 2011. In her spare time, she also studies Culinary Arts at George Brown College.
As a student, Dorothy worked as an Environmental Law teaching assistant within the Faculty of Environment and graduated with distinction on the Dean’s Honours list. Since graduation, Dorothy remains in contact with the Faculty of Environment, working to increase job opportunities for Environment grads and co-op students. She has also spent time volunteering with the recruitment calling campaign. In the future, Dorothy hopes to mentor recent graduates regarding their professional post-graduate options.
Dorothy was nominated for the 2014 Young Alumni Award.