Jen Metzger, Citizens for Local Power
Jen is director of Citizens for Local Power (CLP), a community-based organization working to create a local, clean energy economy in the Mid-Hudson region. She has been an active Party on behalf of CLP to NYS Public Service Commission proceedings on electricity policy and regulation, including the Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) proceedings, the recent Central Hudson rate case, and the utility’s streetlight tariff revision, and has undertaken extensive municipal and public education and outreach to foster wider community engagement in these proceedings. Jen is also a Rosendale town councilwoman and former chair of the Rosendale Environmental Commission. She is the author of the Town’s assessment of streetlights and options for improving efficiency, which has been used as a model for other towns in the Mid-Hudson region. Jen has a B.A. with High Honors in Government from Oberlin College, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University with a specialization in environmental politics and policy.
George Woodbury, Light Smart Consulting
George provides consulting for municipalities nationwide on street lighting, street lighting tariffs, LED technology, gas and electricity procurement, project planning and management, municipal finance for energy efficiency projects and related legislation. He is frequently called on to serve as an expert witness on street lighting tariff matters before utility commissions. He has completed projects in 13 states and worked on street lighting legislative matters in six states. He also provides turnkey street lighting energy efficiency projects for municipalities. These include analysis, project design, writing procurement documents, overseeing contractor selection , contractor oversight, securing available grants and coordination with utilities. George is a professional engineer (P.E.), a former municipal Department of Public Works chief and a graduate of West Point Academy.
Nina Orville, Abundant Efficiency
Nina Orville is president of Abundant Efficiency, a consulting firm that creates and implements innovative solutions to environmental and business challenges for local governments, corporations and non-profits. The firm specializes in multi-party public-private initiatives that generate environmental and economic development benefits, Abundant Efficiency served as program manager for Solarize Westchester, a NYSERDA-funded county-wide initiative fueling growth in the solar market through market aggregation strategies.
The founding executive director of the Southern Westchester Energy Action Consortium, Nina also helped lead the formation of Sustainable Westchester, a successor organization. She has advised local governments on sustainability initiatives and organized symposia highlighting municipal best practices on topics including energy efficient streetlights and green building codes. Nina was previously a member of the management team of the New York Community Investment Company, a $40 million community development venture capital fund. She holds a BA from Oberlin College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Pat Courtney Strong, Courtney Strong Inc.
Pat Courtney Strong is president of Courtney Strong Inc., which provides marketing communication services to government, institutional and corporate clients who are leading the transition to a clean energy economy. Clients include the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the Institute for Building Technology & Safety (IBTS), and CleaResult, serving the New York State Power Authority. Past clients include The Solar Energy Consortium (TSEC), SUNY Ulster, SUNY Orange and The George Washington University. Earlier, she worked as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Rebuild America Business Partners program. This group of 200+ technology companies provided energy seminars across the U.S. to local governments, school districts and others. Pat is a board member and chair of the marketing communications section of the Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment, based in Washington, DC. She is past president of the Business Alliance of Kingston, NY, a group of 100-plus businesses working on revitalization through the national Main Street program. Pat is a graduate of Northeastern University.
Evelyn Wright, Sustainable Energy Economics
Evelyn Wright is the founder and principal of Sustainable Energy Economics, which provides climate and energy policy analysis for governments, non-profits and businesses. She has a wealth of experience with climate issues and energy usage around the globe. She has analyzed energy technologies and greenhouse gas emissions policies for the Department of Energy, US EPA, the state of Vermont, and several countries in Europe and Asia. Her work focuses on developing strategies for transition to a low carbon economy and making detailed energy data useful for decision-making. She holds a B.A. in Physics from Mount Holyoke College and a PhD in Ecological Economics from Rensselaer.
Melissa Herreria possesses a wide range of marketing and economic development experience in both the public and private sectors. As the marketing manager for Courtney Strong, Inc., Melissa is responsible for newsletters, webinars, and daily outreach efforts. During Mayor Joseph Delfino’s $2 billion renaissance of the City of White Plains, Melissa oversaw the day-to-day operations of the City’s Office of Economic Development. As coordinator of Economic Development and Public Information for White Plains, Melissa oversaw the implementation of Phase III of the City’s revitalization plan, which focused on community building, citizen engagement/outreach activities, and quality of life initiatives. Melissa is bilingual and lives in Westchester County. She holds a BA in Communications, and a MBA in Marketing from Pace University.