So you’ve heard about ways to push for bold climate policies at the national level. But how does that translate into taking action in your own locality? Where do you start to find resources about incentives and policies that support renewable energy and energy efficiency? What are the resources in your area that can help you start your projects on decarbonizing? What kinds of projects can you realistically take on given factors in your community, building, and region? Join us to learn more about how to find local resources, what to be looking for based on your organization’s objectives, and how to get started with the resources you have to take actionable steps in reducing your organization’s environmental footprint.
Navigating Local Resources and Connections to Take Action
Rebekah de la Mora is a Policy Analyst at the North Carolina State University Clean Energy Technology Center. She contributes to research for the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE) and its companion DSIRE Insight, tracking legislative and regulatory energy policy in eight states. She received her Bachelor’s in Political Science and Master’s in International Energy from Sciences Po Paris. Specializing in Environment & Sustainability, Rebekah focused on national & global decarbonization, sustainable development, and renewable thermal, while also interning at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
Sue is committed to building community resilience and food equity by connecting people to each other and to the earth. Grounded in the ancient, earth-based Jewish Wisdom tradition, Sue brings several decades of transformational project design and execution to Ekar Farm. She is often heard quoting Reb Zalman z"l: "The only way to get it together, is together."
Karen Lewis is an Associate Director, National Programs, working with the team to elevate Hazon’s initiatives and create opportunities that build partnerships with other Jewish organizations. Her passion for environmental stewardship has strengthened her connection to Judaism which then uplifts her sustainability work; a feedback loop driving faith-based action toward mitigating climate change and increasing engagement in Jewish life. For over twenty years, Karen has been engaged in nonprofit program management, partnership development and community engagement, primarily in environmental and faith-based sectors. Karen lives in Chicago, balances her passion for protecting nature with her love of books, theatre, and cooking, and can frequently be found walking with friends, family or her dog, Hobbes.
Lorna Gold has over two decades' experience of engaging faiths on environmental, climate and economic justice. She worked at a senior level in Trocaire, the official overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. She is a leading voice on faith-consistent investing within the Catholic Church and supported the Irish Bishops' Conference to divest from fossil fuels in 2018. She is Acting Chair of the Board of Directors of the Laudato Si' Movement (formerly the Global Catholic Climate Movement) and a member of the Vatican's Covid Commission Economics Taskforce. She lectures part-time in climate justice and social policy at Maynooth University, Ireland. Her publications include New Financial Horizons – The Emergence of an Economy of Communion (NCP, 2011) and Climate Generation – Awakening our Children's Future (NCP, 2018).
Sarah is Deputy Director at the Citizens Utility Board (CUB), a Chicago-based nonprofit consumer advocacy group that represents the interests of residential and small business utility customers through outreach, education, litigation, and policy advocacy. She started at CUB in the summer of 2000 and has served in a variety of roles there, from providing direct consumer services to managing the organization's statewide education and advocacy efforts. These efforts have included the design and implementation of programs like the Illinois Energy Star Appliance Rebate Program, the CUB Energy Saver online behavior change tool, and the CUB Energy Responder program, an opt-in demand response initiative in which consumers used plugin load control devices to curb their peak usage. Sarah now oversees the development of CUB's clean energy outreach strategy in a way that uses policy research and community outreach to identify equitable and consumer friendly climate solutions. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Chicago.