As a research associate at an environmental lobbying and engineering firm, my primary responsibilities included legislative research and analysis. I spent considerable time researching, reading, and interpreting federal, state, and local statutes and administrative rules relating to the various environmental issues, including energy, energy efficiency, waste reduction, and air quality. I regularly attended hearings and committee meetings at the California State Capitol to stay abreast of assigned issues. I drafted letters of support and other persuasive documents to be read before the California State Assembly. I was also responsible for locating, evaluating, and monitoring various forms of emerging environmental technology, including waste-to-energy, bio-diesel and bio-ethanol, recyclables sorting, and hybrid locomotion.