Christina Cilento

Associate Policy Fellow, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Christina Cilento is an Associate Policy Fellow at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), where she researches nature-based solutions to climate change.

Prior to joining C2ES, Ms. Cilento worked at Village Focus International in Lao PDR (formerly Laos) for three years focusing on the agriculture, forestry and land use sectors. Her work included leading research studies assessing the environmental and social impacts of foreign investments in these sectors. She also brought together companies, government, villages, and civil society to promote sustainable agriculture and forestry practices that benefitted rural farmers. Ms. Cilento was selected as a Henry Luce Scholar from 2017-2018, during which time she began her tenure working and studying in Lao PDR.

Ms. Cilento graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University with a B.S. in education and social policy and a minor in environmental policy. She is a lover of languages and travel.

Posts by Christina Cilento

Manufacturing a Decarbonized Future in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is called the Keystone State for a reason: For centuries, the state—and Southwestern Pennsylvania, in particular—has been critical to producing the energy and goods that helped build the nation, including coal, steel, aluminum, and glass. The heavy industrial and …

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A gust of momentum for offshore wind in Louisiana?
Decarbonizing Louisiana’s Industrial Sector: Community-Centric Approaches

As a state that has long been a hub for difficult-to-decarbonize industries, Louisiana has a particularly challenging path to full decarbonization. At the same time, addressing climate change is imperative in a state that is uniquely vulnerable to climate-fueled sea …

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Unlocking Precision Agriculture’s Climate Potential

For decades, a precision agriculture (PA) revolution has been ‘just around the corner,’ promising to transform American agriculture. While precision technologies—including variable rate applications, soil sensors, autosteering systems, and others—have significant potential to improve environmental outcomes, they have yet to …

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A season of change for U.S. agriculture
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In Utah, hydrogen offers promise, but barriers remain
Fueling a Low-carbon Future in Utah: The Role of Hydrogen

As an energy exporter with significant renewable resources and a strategic location in the west, Utah will be key to accelerating the United States’ energy transition. Recently, the state has garnered international attention for its growing role in the bourgeoning …

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Arizona’s future depends on climate action
Investing in Arizona’s Future: Driving Equitable, Low-carbon Economic Growth

The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions is hosting a series of regional roundtables to bring together local, state, and federal policymakers; businesses of all sizes; community organizations; leading academics and issue experts; trade associations; investors; and philanthropy. These conversations …

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Resolving a plastic-free lifestyle? Here’s what I learned…
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Build Back Better for Climate and Energy
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Driving climate-smart agriculture with data