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"Community-Powered Energy: Local, Renewable, Carbon-Neutral" with Timothy DenHerder-Thomas, Lawrence Jaffe, and Sari Steuber

  • Markim Hall, Davis Court 1595 Grand Avenue Saint Paul, MN, 55105 United States (map)

Learn how to move your community towards a renewable energy future from three Transitioners who have run successful programs. Sari from Media, PA will describe their Solarize campaign that helped homeowners get solar panels on their roofs, Lawrence from Sebastopol, CA will talk about reducing greenhouse gases by making and implementing community choice energy, and Timothy from Minneapolis, MN will explain how to build community wealth through cooperative community solar that enables everyone to participate in the transition to energy democracy. Come share your own stories and let’s build a renewable future together!

Timothy DenHerder-Thomas

Timothy DenHerder-Thomas is the General Manager of Cooperative Energy Futures, a community energy co-op based in Minneapolis that develops affordable community solar gardens that help families reduce their energy bills through solar at no upfront cost and advances workforce equity for communities of color. Timothy has a background in energy democracy organizing and social enterprise. Timothy also co-founded Grand Aspirations, which supports teams of youth innovators creating green economic opportunity for their communities, and helped co-convene Community Power, a Minnesota coalition which has secured the nation's first city-utility Clean Energy Partnership in Minneapolis.

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Lawrence Jaffe is from Sebastopol, California. He was educated at the University of California - Santa Cruz with a degree in politics, and obtained a law degree from The School of Law and Social Change. He has worked as a farmer, lawyer, community activist. From 2006 to 2017, Lawrence served on the Board of the Center for Climate Protection. Notable successes include the creation of the Community Climate Action Plan, identifying climate goals in 14 sectors of the economy and implementing those programs including Sonoma Clean Power, a local community choice energy provider of low-carbon electricity.

Sari Steuber

Sari Steuber is an initiating group member and current president of Transition Town Media, in Media, Pennsylvania, as well as one of a team of three people who ran its Solarize Greater Media campaign in 2016. Sari actively engages and collaborates with local government and other non-profit groups in Media to further community resilience. Sari has been a member of the Mid-Atlantic States Transitioners regional hub since its inception and participates on the Transition US Collaborative Design Council. A retired software development manager and programmer, she has now found the “job” of her dreams.