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Sue Minter, Executive Director of Capstone Community Action, member to represent the Vermont Community Action Partnership, Just Transitions Subcommittee Co-Chair

Submitted by matt.stirnweis… on Tue, 08/24/2021 - 11:58

Sue Minter is the Executive Director of Capstone Community Action, a regional non-profit dedicated to building ladders out of poverty and advancing social, economic and environmental justice. Minter was a public servant for 20 years, serving as the Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) in 2015, and as Deputy Secretary from 2011-2014. While VTrans Secretary, Sue co-chaired a sub-committee on President Barack Obama's White House Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience - a presidential initiative to build national and local strategies for climate resilience.

*Lauren Oates, The Nature Conservancy, member with expertise in the design and implementation of programs to increase resilience to and respond to natural disasters resulting from climate change

Submitted by matt.stirnweis… on Tue, 08/24/2021 - 11:54

Lauren’s work at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) focuses primarily on elevating nature’s role in both adapting to and mitigating climate change. Prior to her policy work at TNC, Lauren spent six years with the State of Vermont managing the State’s primary climate adaptation program, focused on increasing the resilience of our communities and natural systems in the face of a changing climate.

Kelly Klein, Founder and CEO of Groennfell Meadery and Havoc Mead, member to represent the small business community

Submitted by matt.stirnweis… on Tue, 08/24/2021 - 11:50

Kelly Klein is the founder and CEO of Groennfell Meadery and Havoc Mead, a certified B Corp located in St. Albans, Vermont. Kelly has worked since the company's founding to use the business as a force for good and to create a healthy, supportive environment for their growing team of employees.

*Jared Duval, Executive Director or Energy Action Network, member of a Vermont-based organization with expertise in energy and data analysis, Science & Data Subcommittee Co-Chair

Submitted by matt.stirnweis… on Tue, 08/24/2021 - 11:46

Jared Duval serves as Executive Director of Energy Action Network (EAN), a nonprofit organization that supports a network of over 200 members and public partners across Vermont. The shared mission of EAN members is to achieve Vermont’s 90% renewable by 2050 total energy commitment and to significantly reduce Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions in ways that create a more just, thriving, and sustainable future for Vermonters.

Iris Hsiang, Essex, member to represent Vermont youth

Submitted by matt.stirnweis… on Tue, 08/24/2021 - 11:43

Iris Hsiang is a student at Essex High School and an outspoken activist. Iris was born on a teaching farm in Plymouth Vermont and moved with her family to Essex, where she lives and goes to school today. She is a member on the EWSD school board, a Youth Lobby Facilitator, the legislative lead for the Students Demand Action Vermont Field Office, the community service committee head for EHS student gov, a student leader for the EHS Red Cross club, a and a co-lead for the EHS Social Justice Union.

Chad Farrell, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Encore Renewable Energy, member to represent the clean energy sector

Submitted by matt.stirnweis… on Tue, 08/24/2021 - 11:41

Chad Farrell is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Encore Renewable Energy, a leader in community scale renewable energy project development services. He has over 25 years of professional experience in the fields of brownfields redevelopment and renewable energy project finance, development and construction. At Encore, Mr. Farrell has led innovative and collaborative efforts to design, permit, finance and construct over 75 different commercial scale solar PV projects throughout the State of Vermont and beyond, representing more than $100M in total investment value.

Abbie Corse, The Corse Farm Dairy, member to represent the farm and forest sector, Agriculture & Ecosystems Subcommittee Co-Chair

Submitted by matt.stirnweis… on Tue, 08/24/2021 - 11:34

Abbie Corse is an organic dairy farmer and land steward in Whitingham, Vermont (unceded Abenaki territory). She and her parents manage The Corse Farm Dairy which was established in 1868 as a grazing dairy and has existed as one since. The farm ships milk to Organic Valley, utilizes solar power, and is repeatedly recognized for its high-quality milk production. It was the first Master Grazier site in Vermont for the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program. Corse graduated from Saint Michael’s College with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Global Studies.

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