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What drives your interest in working on solar energy issues?

Solar technologies provide an amazing opportunity to address of multitude of issues faced by communities across the nation. At the same time that we can reduce emissions from our energy production, we can improve the inequity in our built environment, improve local economies, and increase well-paying job opportunities. Solar is simply good for communities.

What impact do you feel the SolSmart program and you as an Advisor will have on the communities with which you will work?

The benefits of the SolSmart program extend far beyond environmental and resiliency. Our future includes solar, and by getting our communities market ready, we have the chance to capitalize on the employment and economic opportunities this transition offers. By streamlining permitting and zoning, we can reduce inefficiencies in government operations and private development.

Formerly as the senior energy planner for the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), I led a group that secured a Silver SolSmart designation for MORPC. I saw first hand how this program can benefit how the public and private sectors work together to improve communities. Now with UNPREDICTABLEcity, I hope to help communities across central Ohio realize these benefits as well.

What aspects of your work plan are you most excited about working on?

I am looking forward to finding and developing bridges between rural and urban communities in Ohio. Working together we can not only realize greater economies of scale, but also create a consistent experience for residents and solar developers implementing these technologies across the region.

What do you hope to gain from this experience?

Like all good people, I hope to leave the world better than I found it. I truly believe that solar technologies have the ability to improve multiple aspects of our environmental and social spheres. The SolSmart program can help to make this a reality.

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