VPA Spring Workshop: Local, Regional & Statewide Energy Planning & Implementation, and VPA Awards Celebration
As Vermont has become more vulnerable to the effects of climate change, the state has taken steps forward by establishing plans to lessen its impacts over time. The recently published Climate Action Plan and the recently updated Comprehensive Energy Plan list goals and targets to curtail future climate change effects. But how do we--within the state, our respective regions, and our respective municipalities--move towards achieving these targets and goals?Please join us on Thursday, June 16th at 1 pm for the VPA Spring Workshop event “Local, Regional and Statewide Energy Planning & Implementation” and Awards Celebration to recognize the recipients of the 2022 VPA Planning Awards. This event will be hybrid, accessible in person at the Little Theater located next to the Woodstock Recreation Building at 54 River St., Woodstock, VT 05091 and online via Zoom.
1 pm – 2:30 pm – Panel Session: Local, Regional, and Statewide Energy Planning and Implementation
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm – Refreshments break
2:45 pm – 3:15 pm – Awards Celebration to recognize the recipients of the 2022 VPA Planning Awards
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm – Break
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Mobile Session: Energy Implementation in Woodstock
5:00 pm - Informal Social Gathering - Location TBD
Anne Margolis, Deputy Planning Director, Vermont Department of Public Service
Anne Margolis is the Deputy Planning Director at the Vermont Department of Public Service, which functions as both the consumer advocate and state energy office. Her work focuses on regulatory policy and planning to meet Vermont’s energy goals, including the Renewable Energy Standard and the Comprehensive Energy Plan. Anne has previously directed the Department's Clean Energy Development Fund and served as its Renewable Energy Development Manager. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College, an alternate on the Vermont District 3 Environmental Commission, and a Justice of the Peace and Planning Commission member for the town of Corinth, Vermont, where she lives with her family.
Geoff Martin, Intermunicipal Regional Energy Coordinator, Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission
Geoff is the Intermunicipal Regional Energy Coordinator at the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission, working with Barnard, Bradford, Norwich, Sharon, Strafford, Thetford, and Woodstock to lessen overall energy use, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and move to renewable generation of electricity within participating towns. Geoff’s work focuses on energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable production by the participating towns in their operations. He holds a Master’s in Environmental Sciences from Emory University and a Bachelor’s in Development Studies from Brown University. He worked as a BPI-certified energy auditor before serving as the Town of Hartford’s Energy Coordinator.
Martha Staskus, Chief Development Officer, Norwich Solar
Martha Staskus is the Chief Development Officer at Norwich Technologies, White River Jct. where she is responsible for leading the site development processes and supporting operations through high-level project and client management, and maintaining the commercial development pipeline including land acquisition, environmental site assessment, permitting and regulatory relations in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Martha has permitted over 150 MW of utility wind and over 40 MW of solar projects throughout New England. She is the current Board Vice Chair of Renewable Energy Vermont (REV) and Vice Chair of the Waterbury Planning Commission having served over 10 years on the DRB. In 2019 she received the REV Renewable Energy Champion Award.
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