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Richard Cowart, Regulatory Assistance Project, member with expertise and professional experience in the design and implementation of programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Cross-Sector Mitigation Subcommittee Co-Chair

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Richard Cowart is a Principal at the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), a Vermont-based, global non- profit that advises governments on energy regulation, electricity markets, and climate policy (1999- present). Over the past decade he built and directed RAP’s European program in Brussels, Berlin, and Warsaw. He has advised governments across the US and Europe, in China, Brazil, and several other nations.

*Liz Miller, Green Mountain Power, member to represent distribution utilities

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Liz Miller is VP of Sustainable Supply & Resilient Systems at Green Mountain Power and lives in Burlington. Previously, she worked as a lawyer and advisor specializing in executive and organizational management and corporate governance. Liz served as Chief of Staff to former Governor Shumlin and as Commissioner of the Vermont Public Service Department, where she led the State’s energy and telecommunications policy. Earlier in her career, she founded and ran a small law firm.

Dr. Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux, Vermont State Climatologist, UVM Professor of Climate and Climate Change, member with expertise in climate change science

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Dr. Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux is a Professor of Climatology in the Department of Geography at the University of Vermont. She uses a variety of mixed methods from remotely sensed data to statistics and historical content analysis, to explore the influence of atmospheric processes on fluvial processes and vegetated landscapes. Her work spans a number of climate hazards and severe weather, with a special focus on flooding and droughts.

Johanna Miller, Vermont Natural Resources Council, member to represent a statewide environmental organization

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Johanna Miller is the Energy & Climate Program Director at the Vermont Natural Resources Council. Johanna also serves as the coordinator of the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network, the statewide network of over 120 all-volunteer town energy committees and the partners who support them. In these roles, Johanna works from the grassroots to the Legislature to help advance clean energy and climate action programs and policies.

*Chris Campany, Windham Regional Commission, member to represent the municipal governments

Submitted by matt.stirnweis… on Tue, 08/24/2021 - 12:16

Chris Campany is the Executive Director of the Windham Regional Commission (WRC) based in Brattleboro, Vermont. The Windham Region consists of 27 towns within a 920 square mile area of Southeastern Vermont. The purpose of the commission is to assist towns to provide effective local governance and to work collaboratively with them to address regional issues.

Catherine Dimitruk, Northwest Regional Planning Commission, member to represent rural communities, Rural Resilience and Adaptation Subcommittee Co-Chair

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Catherine Dimitruk has been the Executive Director of the Northwest Regional Planning Commission in St. Albans, Vermont for over twenty years. She coordinates regional approaches to land use, emergency preparedness, environmental conservation, transportation, economic development and energy planning. She supports communities and regional organizations with strategic planning, grant writing, fiscal management, project planning and implementation.

Brian Gray, member to represent the fuel sector

Submitted by matt.stirnweis… on Tue, 08/24/2021 - 12:11

A native Vermonter, Brian grew up in the northeast kingdom and currently resides in Essex with his wife Nancy and their two dogs. He has served on a variety of nonprofit boards and committees. An avid outdoorsman, Brian also enjoys making maple syrup, gardening and landscaping. Brian joined the Energy Co-op as General Manager in November of 2017. He has over 30 years’ experience managing Vermont utility and efficiency services. Prior to joining the Co-op he was the Energy Services Manager at Vermont Gas, responsible for customer growth, marketing and energy efficiency programs.

Bram Kleppner, Danforth, member to represent Vermont manufacturers

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Bram Kleppner is CEO of Danforth Pewter, with manufacturing in Middlebury and retail stores in Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Virginia. Danforth has committed to getting to zero fossil fuel use, and to that end has built a solar farm, installed heat pumps, and put in an electric car charging station at the flagship store in Middlebury. 

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