Named Internship Profile Summary - Ayushi Narayan (Leach)


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Named Internship Profile Summary - Ayushi Narayan (Leach)

  1. 1. [HENRY LEACH ’28 MEMORIAL FUND PUBLIC POLICY INTERN PROFILE] Ayushi Narayan ’14 is from Maple Grove, Minnesota and graduated from Maple Grove Senior High School with a number one class rank and as an AP Scholar with Distinction. At Dartmouth, Narayan is pursuing a double major in economics and environmental studies and a minor in public policy. She is a leader of Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering and traveled to Tanzania with the group to develop and distribute alternative cooking fuel technologies. Narayan is also involved with Big Brother Big Sister and the Center for Environmental Leadership Training. She has academic research experience in economics, environmental studies, and public policy. A former First-Year Fellow, Narayan interned at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Office of Sustainable Communities. Narayan looks to build upon her prior experiences to pursue a career in environmental policy or law after Dartmouth. Ayushi was funded by the Rockefeller Center for a Summer 2013 Internship, with generous support from the Henry Leach ’28 Memorial Fund. Executive Summary from Ayushi’s final report: The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is a not for profit research and education center. ELI’s Vision calls for “a healthy environment, prosperous economies, and vibrant communities founded on the rule of law.” To achieve its vision, ELI's Research and Policy group produces research reports and policy recommendations on critical areas of environmental governance. The Institute also advances innovative and practical solutions to environmental challenges through its Publications and Associates group. It publishes the Environmental Law Reporter®, The Environmental “I found that I really liked Forum®, the National Wetlands Newsletter, and books on learning about both the legal environmental law and policy. and enforcement aspects of My specific responsibilities with the organization were been environmental governance.” widespread as I supported both the research and publications departments of the Environmental Law
  2. 2. Institute. As a part of ELI’s education and outreach projects, I helped prepare for seminars, edited publications on post-conflict natural resource management, updated a database of lawsuits regarding the BP oil spill, and updated a contacts database. My research projects included drafting a memo on Obama's climate change speech, researching artisanal gold mining in Cote D'Ivoire, researching forestry contracts, concessions, land policy, and community impacts in Liberia, and researching factors related to effective water management policies in the western United States. I learned a great deal in my various tasks. My research projects showed me how environmental laws inform policies and outcomes. I found myself to be very interested in how effective environmental governance depended not only on having effective laws, but also on enforcement and creative solutions. For example, in Liberia, the forestry laws have many safeguards, but enforcement is lacking. In the western United States, the water rights system encourages users to use all appropriated water, states and municipalities have address this rights issue with creative legal and economic incentives such as paying users for putting water back into the stream. Because I found that I really liked learning about both the legal and enforcement aspects of environmental governance, I have realized that I should continue to explore various related topics to see what interests me most. I plan to take coursework in developmental economics and environmental governance this coming year. I also will look at professional and graduate programs related to environmental governance and enforcement. Ayushi Narayan ‘13 (center) finishes a week-long study tour with co-workers.