Shining Chen (Forest Sciences)

Assistant Forest Carbon Policy Analyst at Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy in Vancouver, BC

Shining looking at the camera and smiling.

For my summer Co-op term, I continue my time with the Climate Action Secretariat (CAS) at the B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. My term centers around the B.C. Forest Carbon Offset Protocol (FCOP). It establishes project requirements for forest carbon offset projects. I have been supporting the drafting of the FCOP quantification section. This work term is a significant learning experience for me in multiple ways. For example, I examined forest carbon potential from policy and economic perspectives. It helped me narrow down and plan my future paths. There are amazing people within and across Ministries. I chat with many of them and learn many things, ranging from technical work to career paths. Another exciting part of this term is to bring my academic interests in forest carbon to professional work. 

For me, Co-op is a valuable opportunity to try and grow. Knowing how classroom knowledge (e.g., disturbances) can be applied in various fields is exciting and helpful to help me, as a student, consider my future path. Working as a Co-op could present challenges that may not occur in school. Overcoming them with the support from my team helped me grow significantly. I feel fortunate to join a very supportive and motivated team!

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