VBSR Webinar: Your Vermont Climate Council – Economic Impacts, Stories & Solutions
If you haven’t heard about the Vermont Climate Council or are eager to learn more about their work, this webinar is for you.
All are welcome to attend a community discussion with VBSR and The Nature Conservancy to learn about the cost of climate impacts, the economic opportunities climate action presents, and how to engage in the Vermont Climate Council’s work to chart a path toward a just, green, resilient economy.
Registration for this webinar is free and the details to join will be sent via email to all who register in advance of the event.
Questions? Please reach out to VBSR Public Policy Manager, Jordan Giaconia at Jordang@vbsr.org.
Meet Our Webinar Hosts:
Climate Policy Manager, The Nature Conservancy
Lauren’s work at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) focuses primarily on elevating nature’s role in both adapting to and mitigating climate change. Prior to her policy work at TNC, Lauren spent six years with the State of Vermont managing the State’s primary climate adaptation program, focused on increasing the resilience of our communities and natural systems in the face of a changing climate. After completing her master’s degree, where she studied microbiological means to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, she came to Vermont to assist the Town of Waterbury with their post-Irene flood recovery efforts. Lauren is passionate about protecting the natural world and building a more sustainable future for all Vermonters.
Public Policy Manager, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility
An accomplished advocate and campaigner, Jordan joined VBSR in December 2019. He brings several years of experience shaping policy at the local, state, and national levels, most recently serving as Associate Director for Federal and Administrative Policy at the Sierra Club in Washington, DC. Jordan is committed to protecting the natural, economic, and human landscapes of the Green Mountain State and elevating the voices of Vermont’s leading businesses in Montpelier.
Meet Our Webinar Speakers:
Owner, The Corse Farm Dairy
Abbie Corse is an organic dairy farmer and land steward in Whitingham, Vermont (unceded Abenaki territory). She and her parents manage The Corse Farm Dairy which was established in 1868 as a grazing dairy and has existed as one since. The farm ships milk to Organic Valley, utilizes solar power, and is repeatedly recognized for its high-quality milk production. It was the first Master Grazier site in Vermont for the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program. Corse graduated from Saint Michael’s College with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Global Studies. Upon graduation she worked at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, the Telluride Film Festival, and MASS MoCA before determining that her soul still belonged to the land resulting in her return to her family’s farm. Corse was recognized in 2019 as a Vermont Business Magazine 40 under 40 Rising Star and as the Emerging Leader for Vermont’s Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2020. She currently serves on the board of NOFA-VT, VHCB’s Farm & Forest Advisory Board, VAAFM’s Dairy Advisory Council, as an advisor to the Vermont Dairy & Water Coalition, and as a member of the District 2 Environmental Commission.
Founder/CEO, Encore Renewable Energy
Chad Farrell is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Encore Renewable Energy, a leader in community scale renewable energy project development services. He has over 25 years of professional experience in the fields of brownfields redevelopment and renewable energy project finance, development and construction. At Encore, Mr. Farrell has led innovative and collaborative efforts to design, permit, finance and construct over 80 different commercial scale solar PV projects throughout the State of Vermont and beyond, representing more than $100M in total investment value. Many of these projects involve reclaiming undervalued real estate for clean energy generation and storage, helping to revitalize communities and create a cleaner, brighter future for all.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University and earned a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Vermont. Chad serves on the Board of Directors of the Vermont Natural Resources Council and is also a member of the Board of Directors for Renewable Energy Vermont. Following appointment by the Vermont Senate to represent the clean energy sector, he is currently serving on the Vermont Climate Council.
Chief Financial Officer, Groennfell Meadery
Madison Tiedt is the Chief Financial Officer of Groennfell Meadery which is a certified B Corporation and proudly operates as a triple bottom line company. She is a graduate of the UVM Grossman School of Business with a concentration in Finance and Sustainability and was the President of the UVM Women in Business Club. There, she organized events centered for female leadership in the workplace and arranged resources for post-graduate success. Madison is passionate about climate change, social policy action, and using business as a platform to bring awareness to these causes.