Energy & Resiliency Analyst Sarah Quintal has been selected as a 2020 Top Young Professional by Engineering News-Record New York. Each year, this distinction is awarded to a select number of engineering professionals under the age of 40 who have shown extraordinary leadership, career progress, and community involvement.
During her seven years at E & E, Sarah’s work has progressed from proposal coordination to strategic opportunity capture to direct project work for clients including the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), Washoe County, and numerous renewable energy developers. Prior to her current role as Energy & Resiliency Analyst, she was heavily involved in the bid process, leading teams in developing value propositions that resulted in winning proposals ranging from $10K to $40M.
Sarah has worked on numerous NYSERDA projects focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions—like the Clean Energy Communities Program—and is a member of the NYSERDA constituency-based organization PUSH Buffalo. She is also heavily involved with the environmental permitting process for renewable energy development projects across New York State and provides support for hazard mitigation projects nationwide.
Community involvement has been a pervasive feature of Sarah’s career. She has over three years of work supporting refugee communities and has been involved with numerous volunteer efforts in the Western New York area: Urban Roots, West Side Bazaar, Nickel City Housing Cooperative, and Farmer Pirates Cooperative. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Western New York Sustainable Business Roundtable. Her involvement with this organization is indicative of her desire to help push corporate accountability for sustainability in Western New York, and she uses this platform to help local businesses discover how environmental sustainability factors positively into their operations. Sarah is also a longtime supporter of co-operative governance, community-based decision making, and grassroots organizing.
Sarah has a Master of Environmental Management (M.E.M) from Duke University and graduated magna cum laude from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a B.A. in Religious Studies and Asian Languages and Cultures.
The Top Young Professional winners will be profiled in ENR New York’s January 20, 2020 issue, both in the print magazine and on ENR’s website. Each winner is also automatically entered into the ENR national 20 Under 40 contest, the results of which will be announced later this year.
Congratulations to Sarah and the other winners!