Event Speaker Series

10/4 – Emily Moore, Senior Researcher, Fossil Fuel Transition at Sightline Institute

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Emily Moore, senior researcher, leads Sightline's work transitioning Cascadia away from fossil fuels. Emily joined Sightline with a decade of experience in social sector strategy and program implementation. Most recently, she worked at Dalberg Advisors, where she advised clients including the MacArthur Foundation, the UN Population Fund, and First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher initiative, among others. Emily holds her Master's in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she researched topics including environmental justice and pay equity policy, and earned her Bachelor's from Brown University. Outside of Sightline, you can find Emily trying to convince everyone she knows to play pickleball.

Presentation Topic: Over the last decade, fossil fuel executives targeted the Pacific Northwest for coal, oil, and gas export schemes. Activists, Tribes, and communities fought back and defeated dozens of dirty projects, but the fight against fossil fuels and for a cleaner, healthier, more just future continues. 

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WWU Institute for Energy Studies Alumni Panel

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This session will feature a panel of alumni who graduated from the WWU Institute for Energy Studies. Our featured guests include: 

  • Katy Coleman, Energy & Green Building Assistant at Sustainable Connections in Bellingham, WA. Katy is a nature enthusiast whose love for the outdoors influenced her career path of working within the energy industry. Prior to working at Sustainable Connections, she held positions where she conducted a Greenhouse Gas Inventory and calculated Carbon Offset Credits for Methane Reduction Projects. She holds a B.S. in Energy Science and Technology from WWU. 
  • Whit Jamieson, Program Manager on the Access to Charging and Access to Emerging Modes teams at Forth Mobility. Located in Portland, OR, Forth’s mission is to electrify transportation by bringing people together to create solutions that reduce pollution and barriers to access. Whit’s work includes working in programs around consumer engagement, multi-unit dwellings, workplace charging, and electric tractors. He holds a B.S. in Energy Systems Sciences from WWU.  
  • Jacob Keith, Building Energy Engineer at McKinstry in Seattle, WA. McKinstry's mission is to make every building they touch more efficient and eliminate the barriers standing in the way of a better built environment. Prior to joining McKinstry, Jacob worked at Franklin Energy, Blueprint Technologies, and Alaska Airlines. He holds a B.S. in Biology with minors in Energy Policy, Energy Science, and Psychology. 

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Maggie Huang, Senior Associate at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)

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Maggie is a Senior Associate at RMI’s Carbon Free Buildings team, supporting both the REALIZE and Portfolio Energy Optimization initiatives. Her work with the two initiatives is helping facilitate zero-carbon retrofits in the residential sector through advanced building construction, and disrupt the commercial building retrofit market by enabling financial and energy analytics at scale. Prior to joining RMI, Maggie worked on streamlining low-income housing garage retrofit projects in East Palo Alto, CA.

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Emily Larson-Kubiak, Energy & Green Building Program Manager at Sustainable Connections

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Emily Larson Kubiak is the Energy and Green Building Program Manager at Sustainable Connections, a non-profit that connects and supports local businesses to create thriving communities. She has worked in the energy management field since 2009 and holds a Certified Energy Manager certification from the Association of Energy Engineers. Emily is committed to making energy efficiency affordable and accessible for local businesses through innovative programs and partnerships, and is a proud advocate for climate action initiatives in her hometown of Bellingham, WA.

During her presentation, Emily will provide an overview of the current energy landscape in Bellingham, focusing on the work being done at Sustainable Connections to support local businesses in becoming more energy efficient and resilient. She’ll discuss how these efforts fit into regional efforts to transition to a clean and equitable energy future, and share opportunities to join the conversation.

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Shannon Wall, Advisory Services Principal at HDR; formerly at Tacoma Power

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Shannon Wall, PE, is an Advisory Services Principal at HDR, Inc. She is a licensed electrical engineer with over 31 years of experience in the utility industry. Shannon’s experience ranges from technical engineering to senior management roles and she has worked in the public utility sector and in private consulting. For the past 15 years she has been leading asset management program development, focused on infrastructure investment planning with incorporation of best practices asset management principles such as life cycle risk-based asset strategies, governance and organizational development, and ensuring support and alignment with strategic priorities and initiatives. Shannon is passionate about working in a field that provides a service that is essential to our quality of life. She is dedicated to mentoring and supporting aspiring leaders and building a more diverse and equitable workforce in the utility industry.

In her presentation, Shannon will discuss the changes happening in the energy industry, including grid modernization, transportation electrification, carbon-free goals, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives that create new opportunities for individuals and our communities.

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Amory Lovins, Co-founder and Chairman of Rocky Mountain Institute, energy advisor, author

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Via Zoom

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Amory Lovins, MA Oxon. spec. resoln, DSc h.c. mult., is a physicist, cofounder of Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and global practitioner of advanced energy efficiency, renewable integration, and innovative public policy and business strategy since the 1970s. Working in many disciplines, he has taught at ten universities on three continents, was an Oxford don, advised scores of firms and governments, and received many of the world’s top energy and environmental awards. Dr. Lovins has been an energy luminary since his landmark article “Energy Strategy: The Road Not Taken,” which reframed the energy debate in 1976, and helped turn energy efficiency from an abstraction into a global resource and one of the pillars of today’s energy decarbonization pathways. He teaches the course, Extreme Energy Efficiency, as Adjunct Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Stanford University, with the aim to engage students on scaling integrative design for radical energy efficiency, both in entrepreneurial pursuits emerging from the academy and in executive education that reaches broader audiences in the public and private sectors.

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4/26 - Rep. Alex Ramel, Democratic Member of the Washington State House of Representatives

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Rep. Alex Ramel was appointed to the legislature in January of 2020. Over the past three sessions, he has introduced bills to:

- Create Washington’s scenic bikeways program, a bill that passed with broad bipartisan support.

- Increase the affordability of homes built using the state’s generous multi-family tax exemption.

- Reduce fossil fuel pollution from our homes and buildings while creating a path to a clean energy future.

Raised near Denver, Colorado, Rep. Ramel has called Bellingham home for the last 20 years. He is a graduate of Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment with a B.A. in Environmental Policy and Planning.

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4/19 - Mary Anderson, Transit Planner at Whatcom Transportation Authority

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Mary Anderson, AICP, TDM-CP, is a Transit Planner at the Whatcom Transportation Authority. Mary has over 15 years of experience managing and implementing sustainable transportation projects. Mary envisions a future where everyone in Whatcom County has access to safe, healthy, and affordable transportation options. A firm believer in practicing what you preach, Mary rides her bike or takes the bus to work and for daily trips. In her spare time, Mary enjoys building Legos with her son and going to consignment stores with her daughter.

Presentation Title: Can Transportation Really Be Sustainable?

We rely on transportation to connect us to work, groceries, education, health care and social activities. The mode of transportation we choose (if we even have a choice) makes a difference in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, roadway congestion, and energy use, amongst other things. Are electric vehicles a better choice? Should we all bike everywhere? Is telework the answer? This is a complex topic with no easy answers (sorry!). Attend this presentation to get a high-level view of the energy used in the transportation sector, the realities of converting a bus fleet to electric and how active transportation falls into the mix.  

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4/12 - Joel Swisher, Director of the Institute for Energy Studies at Western Washington University

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Joel N. Swisher, is Director of the Institute for Energy Studies and Research Professor of Environmental Science at Western Washington University. The Institute offers interdisciplinary education and training related to the science, technology, policy and business aspects of the conversion and use of energy. Previously, Dr. Swisher was Consulting Associate Professor at Stanford University, where he introduced new, interdisciplinary courses, such as Carbon Neutral Design, Electricity Resource Planning, and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation. Updated versions of these courses are now in the WWU energy course catalogue.

Dr. Swisher was formerly CTO at Camco International and Econergy, two carbon offset developers. During 2000-08, he was at Rocky Mountain Institute, a prominent clean energy think tank, where he was Managing Director of Research and Consulting. At RMI, he led research and consulting work for electric utilities and manufacturers of goods ranging from semiconductor chips to potato chips.

Dr. Swisher earned BS, MS and PhD degrees in Stanford’s School of Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer. His PhD dissertation topic was carbon offsets, which led him to work on problems that range from the costs of reducing carbon emissions in a US electric utility to the potential for saving carbon in conservation and forestry projects in Central America. He has since worked extensively in Brazil, southern Africa and Scandinavia and speaks five languages.

 

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