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Forum To Explore NJ's Role in Renewable Energy

Five energy and efficiency experts will debate Garden State's leadership potential

Solar power; off-shore wind; geo-thermal: how is New Jersey tapping into new energy resources?  What are the costs and benefits? What about solar panels?   These and other questions will be discussed at a free public forum entitled, "Ecology & Economy: Can NJ Lead on Renewable Energy?"  The event takes place on Wednesday, October 18, 7:30 pm, in the auditorium of Central Presbyterian Church at 70 Maple St., Summit.

Five sustainability experts will share experiences in a panel discussion followed by Q & A: Laura Stern, Co-Founder & President of Nautilus Solar Energy; Richard Dovey, President of Atlantic County Utilities Authority and Chair of Sustainable Jersey; Scott Fischer, Managing Member of Ciel Power; Frank Curran, Owner of Green House Solar & Electric; and Claire Cummins, Master of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.

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"This is an exciting opportunity to gain insight on the how, why, and when of renewable energy in NJ," says Susan Haig, Creative Director of CivicStory and forum organizer.  "Questions are encouraged!"  Meg Fallin Dietrich, trustee of the Summit Area Public Foundation, will co-moderate with Susan Haig.

To attend, register at CivicStory Fall Forums-Register.   Free parking is available in the Elm St. commuter lot, and light refreshments will be served at 7 pm.          

The panelists will be:

Laura Stern, Co-Founder & President of Nautilus Solar Energy, based in Summit, NJ.  Ms. Stern holds an AB from Harvard University and a MA from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She has been an Elected Director on the SEIA Board since January 2014, serving on the Finance Committee, on the Executive Committee, and as Vice-Chair of the Federal Policy Committee.

Richard Dovey, President of the Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA)  and Chair of Sustainable Jersey.  Mr. Dovey has initiated and overseen efficiency projects including a 500-kilowatt solar project, a landfill gas-to-electricity project, South Jersey’s first compressed natural gas (CNG) station, and the construction of New Jersey’s first wind farm at ACUA’s Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Scott Fischer,  Managing Member of Ciel Power, an energy efficiency consulting and service provider based in Kearny, NJ.  A member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Scott works with local environmental groups, elected officials, and leaders in environmental science and sustainability to develop and promote public/private partnerships that increase energy efficiency awareness to targeted communities.

Frank Curran, owner of Green House Solar & Electric in Madison, NJ, an electrical contracting company that specializes in solar installations, backup power, and system maintenance.  His team works directly for companies and individuals who need repair, cleaning, maintenance, or installation of solar panel arrays on commercial or residential buildings. An Electrical Contractor and NABCEP Certified Solar Installer, Frank volunteers with the Madison Environmental Commission Solar Task Force.

Claire Cummins, who received an MS in Sustainability Management from Columbia University.  A sustainability consultant who lives and works in New York City, Claire is passionate about helping companies, organizations, institutions and governing bodies develop sustainability metrics to set goals, measure performance, and make more informed investment decisions. Originally from Summit, NJ, Claire is a member of Summit's Environmental Commission and the Summit Green Team 

CivicStory is a nonprofit solutions-based news site highlighting sustainability and creative growth in NJ cities and beyond.   A 501 (c) (3) based in Summit, NJ, its mission is to advance solutions-based news through short videos about citizens and organizations transforming their communities.   View videos and forums at www.CivicStory.org

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