This month Acadia Center is having its second in a series of upcoming Community Energy Forums throughout New England. The forums highlight the release of the organization’s recent publication Community|EnergyVision and allow Acadia Center staff, along with other experts, to sit down with community members to discuss how they can take control of their energy costs and needs. The events will also focus on what attendees can do to foster community energy in their towns. The next forum will take place from 7 pm – 9 pm on March 21st in Westport, CT at the Town Hall Auditorium.
Two of the three forum panelists have close ties to the Westport area. Jonathan Steinberg is currently in his third term as State Representative for Westport and prior to that served in the town’s legislative body for seven years. Rep. Steinberg will share his experiences with attendees, particularly focusing on energy legislation in the town and the steps it will take to establish community energy projects there. Another panelist, Mark Robbins, is president of MHR Development, the company that designed and facilitated the renovation of Earthplace, a nature discovery and environmental learning center in Westport that is working to become net-zero. Robbins will describe his experiences developing community energy projects and the process and challenges he encountered.
Jamie Howland, Director of Acadia’s Climate and Energy Analysis Center in Hartford, will give an overview of our publication Community|EnergyVision. Following presentations from each of our panelists, we will open up the room for discussion tying Acadia Center’s ideas with what’s happening in Westport and the surrounding communities, in an effort to advance community energy throughout Connecticut .
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Kiernan Dunlop is a Communications Associate in the the Boston office and brings experience in communications and environmental organizing. She has been a contributing writer for eco-RI News and the New Bedford Standard-Times. She supports Acadia Center’s communications efforts with press and media outreach, online and print content, events and other outreach strategies.