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The "C" Words: Addressing Climate Change Without Talking About Climate Change - Regional Perspectives

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 | 04:30 PM

Yale Law School, Room 121 | 127 Wall Street, New Haven, Conn.
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Please join us Wednesday, November 7, for a conversation with the executive directors of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and the Climate & Energy Project.

Please join the Yale Climate and Energy Institute and the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy on Wednesday, November 7, for a conversation with Dorothy Barnett, executive director of the Climate & Energy Project, and Stephen Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. They will discuss the different challenges they face and the strategies they deploy to combat climate change in regions that are hesitant to accept climate messaging.

The talk is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information please contact Susanne Stahl at susanne.stahl@yale.edu.

Dorothy Barnett is the executive director of the Climate & Energy Project.

Prior to her position as Executive Director, she served as CEP’s director of energy and transmission for three years. As co-creator of the Take Charge! Challenge, she coordinated four towns’ participation in the inaugural year of the Challenge. She previously directed year two of the 16-city challenge in partnership with the Kansas Energy Office, providing supervision of five part-time regional coordinators and support for the 16 cities.  

Barnett spearheaded CEP’s presence at the 2009 Kansas State Fair where 3000 postcards were signed and delivered to Senators' Roberts and Brownback in support of a Federal Renewable Energy Standard. In 2008, Barnett coordinated a six city Wind Belt Tour for AWEA reaching out to economic development professionals, county commissioners and landowners to share and discuss the economic benefits of wind energy and the supply chain.  She recruited partners, including the Department of Commerce and Advanced Manufacturing Institute at KSU and supervised the Blue Green Alliance supply chain survey published in 2010.

As director of the Heartland Alliance for Regional Transmission (HART), a CEP project, Barnett is the DOE liaison for reporting, recruiting stakeholders and facilitating both in person and web based meetings for the stakeholders. She supervises the design and production of outreach materials; coordinates ambitious peer-to-peer outreach activities by stakeholders; and reports on and accounts for HART activities.

Formerly Reno County 2020 Growth Coordinator, she got her start in wind energy with the Reno County Wind Energy Task Force, which was awarded the Governor's Energy Award for Energy Education in 2008. Dorothy has a BA in organizational management from Friends University and is the mother of three lovely daughters.

Dr. Stephen A. Smith has 30 years of experience effecting change for the environment. Since 1993, Dr. Smith has led the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) as its executive director. SACE is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization working to promote responsible energy choices that create global warming solutions and ensure clean, safe and healthy communities throughout the Southeast. With support from members, supporters, board of directors, and staff focusing efforts in five Southeastern states (Fla., Ga., N.C., S.C., and Tenn.), SACE has grown to be a premier voice for energy efficiency and renewable energy issues in the region.

Dr. Smith represents SACE by providing leadership and professional expertise to external organizations, committees and working groups. In the last several years he has served on North Carolina Legislative Commission on Global Climate Change and the North Carolina Climate Action Planning Advisory Group; the South Carolina Climate, Energy and Commerce Advisory Committee; State of Florida Energy Supply and Demand Committee of the state Climate Action Team; the national governing board for the Center for Resource Solutions' National Green Power Accreditation; and the U. S. Department of Energy, Tennessee Valley Electric System Advisory Committee. Additionally, he served two terms on Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) Regional Resource Stewardship Council, TVA’s Green Power Marketing Committee, and TVA’s Integrated Resource Planning Advisory Group. Dr. Smith currently serves on the U. S. Climate Action Network board of directors and previously served as board chair. He has also had the privilege to testify before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee; the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight of the Committee on Public Works and Transportation, U.S. House of Representatives; the Great Smoky Mountain Congressional Caucus; and several state public service commissions.

Dr. Smith holds a doctorate in veterinarian medicine from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Science in biology from Kentucky Wesleyan College. In 2008 and 2009, he and his family added a solar thermal system and a 7.1 kilowatt rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system on their home. By coupling these solar technologies with additional energy efficiency investments, the Smiths strive to live in a “net-zero energy home.”

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