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Kentuckians have made it clear that we want an energy future that supports jobs, health, equity and climate – and we have great ideas for how to bring that about. The Empower Kentucky Summit will be largest gathering ever of a diverse set of Kentuckians figuring out what it will take to bring about Kentucky’s Bright Energy Future. 

For the past year we’ve been listening to the ideas, hopes and needs of Kentuckians, learning from what other states have done, and tapping into technological and economic expertise to put together a draft plan for what’s possible, what it will take and why it matters for Kentucky to make a just transition to a clean energy economy 

If you’re interested in being part of a well-informed, creative, visionary, justice-oriented conversation about building the agenda for Kentucky’s energy future, join us September 30 – October 1 in Louisville.

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Friday, September 30
 

TBA

Adjourn
Friday September 30, 2016 TBA
Kentucky Center for African American Heritage 1701 W Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY 40203

6:00pm EDT

Registration (Please eat before arriving)
Friday September 30, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Kentucky Center for African American Heritage 1701 W Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY 40203

7:00pm EDT

Opening Session
Speakers
avatar for Jessica Bellamy

Jessica Bellamy

GRIDS / KFTC
Jessica Bellamy graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Louisville (UofL) with degrees in Drawing (BFA), Graphic Design (BFA), Pan African Studies (BA), and a minor in Communication. As a former Neurodevelopmental Science research analyst at UofL, Jessica now runs her own... Read More →
avatar for Dana Beasley Brown

Dana Beasley Brown

Immediate past chairperson, KFTC
Dana Beasley Brown is KFTC’s Chairperson and lives in Bowling Green with her husband and children. She is passionate about economic justice, empowering low-income communities, and restoring government to what it should and can be. She works at the youth services center at Bowling... Read More →
avatar for Aubrey Clemons

Aubrey Clemons

Hope By Hope / KFTC
Aubrey Clemons is an organizer, youth mentor, public speaker, and leader of Hope by Hope, a non-profit created in the historically Black neighborhood of Smoketown. Hope by hope is an organization that does the best it can to give resources and activities to the young ambassadors... Read More →
avatar for Chris Woolery

Chris Woolery

How$martKY Program Coordinator, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development
Chris Woolery became the How$martKY™ Program Coordinator in September of 2015 after four years with MACED as a Residential Energy Specialist. How$martKY™ partners with rural electric cooperatives to design, finance, and install home energy efficiency upgrades – and these improvements... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 7:00pm - 7:20pm EDT
Kentucky Center for African American Heritage 1701 W Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY 40203

7:25pm EDT

Group activity
Friday September 30, 2016 7:25pm - 8:15pm EDT
In the Pit! Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

8:30pm EDT

Music by Leyla McCalla
Artists
avatar for Leyla McCalla

Leyla McCalla

Named 2013’s Album of the Year by the London Sunday Times and Songlines magazine, Leyla McCalla’s debut album, Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes, made a profound impression upon all who heard it. The record, which set some of Hughes’ poems to Leyla’s music... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm EDT
Kentucky Center for African American Heritage 1701 W Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY 40203
 
Saturday, October 1
 

8:15am EDT

Registration
Saturday October 1, 2016 8:15am - 9:00am EDT
Kentucky Center for African American Heritage 1701 W Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY 40203

8:30am EDT

Music by Committed Choir
Committed Choir was birthed from the Young Adult Choir of Quinn Chapel AME Church in Louisville, Kentucky under the direction of then Minister of Music Joetta Perkins and Senior Pastor Pedro Basden. 

After a series of young adult choir incarnatins and musical direction, a core group of women remained with the choir.

During one of the many late night rehersals, the group discussed the importance of mastering a craft and the importance of accountability and presence with the group. A common phrase that was used in the discussion was commitment. Unanimously, the group agreed and confirmed Committed. 

Committed works diligently under the instructional leadership of Joetta Perkins, musical direction of William C. Perkins, Sr, and the Grace and Mercy of God on bringing harmonic balance to their ministry of music.  

Saturday October 1, 2016 8:30am - 9:00am EDT
TBA

9:00am EDT

Opening Session: Empowering Kentucky
  • What is Empower Kentucky?
  • What have we done and learned so far?
  • Share a draft framework for the Empower Kentucky Plan

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Bellamy

Jessica Bellamy

GRIDS / KFTC
Jessica Bellamy graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Louisville (UofL) with degrees in Drawing (BFA), Graphic Design (BFA), Pan African Studies (BA), and a minor in Communication. As a former Neurodevelopmental Science research analyst at UofL, Jessica now runs her own... Read More →
avatar for Dana Beasley Brown

Dana Beasley Brown

Immediate past chairperson, KFTC
Dana Beasley Brown is KFTC’s Chairperson and lives in Bowling Green with her husband and children. She is passionate about economic justice, empowering low-income communities, and restoring government to what it should and can be. She works at the youth services center at Bowling... Read More →
avatar for Aubrey Clemons

Aubrey Clemons

Hope By Hope / KFTC
Aubrey Clemons is an organizer, youth mentor, public speaker, and leader of Hope by Hope, a non-profit created in the historically Black neighborhood of Smoketown. Hope by hope is an organization that does the best it can to give resources and activities to the young ambassadors... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Murphy

Sharon Murphy

Steering Committee Alternate, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
Sharon Murphy is a legislative aide to a city council member in Lexington, Kentucky. She serves as the alternate representative to the Steering Committee of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth for the Central Kentucky KFTC chapter. She’s deeply involved in many aspects of KFTC’s... Read More →
avatar for Serena Owen

Serena Owen

KFTC
Serena's 'calling' in life is to help others. She's a proud Louisville native, 1991 Black Achiever, loving mother to an artistic Special Olympian, an ambitious College Graduate, and a loving wife to KFTC's US Marine Veteran & Retired Teacher Larry Owen. Serena currently serves as... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Reinhart

Nancy Reinhart

KFTC
Nancy Reinhart is mother to two amazing little persons – Maitreya and Anjali – and partner to her best friend, Dave. She has worked in public health in eastern Kentucky for close to a decade both with KFTC and then Frontier Nursing. She’s a member of the KFTC chapter in Shelby... Read More →
avatar for Steve Wilkins

Steve Wilkins

Member, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
After retiring as an educator with Eastern Kentucky University, Steve made a commitment to be an active member of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth. During that time, he has been involved with East Kentucky Power Cooperative’s “clean energy collaborative,” the Kentucky Sustainable... Read More →
avatar for Chris Woolery

Chris Woolery

How$martKY Program Coordinator, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development
Chris Woolery became the How$martKY™ Program Coordinator in September of 2015 after four years with MACED as a Residential Energy Specialist. How$martKY™ partners with rural electric cooperatives to design, finance, and install home energy efficiency upgrades – and these improvements... Read More →



Saturday October 1, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am EDT
Kentucky Center for African American Heritage 1701 W Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY 40203

10:15am EDT

Workshop - A matter of faith: The role of faith communities in addressing climate change and just transition

Care for creation, concern for the health and well being of people in our communities, and a commitment to justice are deeply held values shared by nearly all religions. Join us in this workshop to explore ways many faith communities and leaders in Kentucky are responding to issues of energy, climate change, and just transition. Together we’ll discuss some of the challenges and opportunities and ways each of us can help to engage diverse faith communities and grow a more powerful moral voice on these issues in Kentucky.


Moderators
avatar for Donna Aros

Donna Aros

Pastor, St. Paul United Methodist Church
From a "back-to-the-land hippie" to an ordained United Methodist minister, Donna Aros connects love and care of God's creation to wider justice concerns.  Donna is a member of the Justice Commission of the Kentucky Council of Churches.  She has served congregations from Cave City... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Susan Classen

Susan Classen

Retreat Center Director, Loretto Community
Susan Classen is the director of Cedars of Peace, a retreat center on the grounds of the Sisters of Loretto Motherhouse.  A Mennonite, she did international development work in Latin America from 1981-2003.  Her passion for the earth grew out of experiences in Latin America where... Read More →
avatar for Tim Darst

Tim Darst

Executive Director, Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light
Tim Darst is the Executive Director of Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light a non-profit organization that helps religious congregations to care for creation through conservation, efficiency and alternative energy.  He is a member of St. William Catholic Church in Louisville’s West... Read More →
avatar for Patricia Tull

Patricia Tull

Professor Emerita, Louisville Seminary
Patricia K. Tull is author of Inhabiting Eden: Christians, the Bible, and the Ecological Crisis (Westminster John Knox, 2013), and A.B. Rhodes Professor Emerita of Old Testament at Louisville Seminary in Kentucky. She currently serves as Program Director for Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light. Trisha preaches and lectures widely on the spiritual and biblical dimensions of creation care, and writes a regular... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2016 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Pavillion Lobby Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

10:15am EDT

Workshop - Accelerating renewable energy

Renewable energy – including electricity generated from solar, wind and water – is among the fastest growing sectors of the US economy. For too long, Kentucky has been on the sidelines of those developments, but that is beginning to change. In this workshop we’ll learn from several experienced renewable energy developers about the trends, opportunities, and barriers to renewable energy in the Commonwealth. We’ll examine how our renewable energy policies and trends compare to other states across the Southeast and nationally. And we’ll consider key opportunities for accelerating renewable energy deployment in Kentucky.


Moderators
avatar for Theresa Martin

Theresa Martin

Chairperson, Kentucky Solar Energy Society
Theresa Martin has 23 years of operations management experience at Fidelity Investments and Procter and Gamble. She has an MBA in Sustainable Business and Renewable Energy from Marylhurst University and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Illinois. In 2015, Theresa... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David Brown Kinloch

David Brown Kinloch

Shaker Landing Hydro Associates, Inc.
David Brown Kinloch has worked in renewable energy development in Kentucky for the last three decades.  He has worked primarily on small hydroelectric projects, but also in solar and wind. In 1989, he and his partner Bob Fairchild installed Kentucky’s first small hydroelectric... Read More →
avatar for Simon Mahan

Simon Mahan

Director, Southern Wind Energy Association
Simon Mahan is the director of the Southern Wind Energy Association. SWEA promotes the development and use of wind energy throughout an eleven state region in the south. SWEA focuses its wind energy advocacy through integrated resource planning and other regulatory processes at the... Read More →
avatar for Matt Partymiller

Matt Partymiller

Operating Manager, Solar Energy Solutions, Inc
Matthew Partymiller, NABCEP, CE, is the General Manager (Operations) ofSolar Energy Solutions. Mr. Partymiller has led the development of SESsince its inception in 2006. Mr. Partymiller has installed renewableprojects in all four corners of Kentucky and expanded SES into surroundingstates... Read More →



Saturday October 1, 2016 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Breakout Space #3 Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

10:15am EDT

Workshop - Cultural Organizing: Using Story Circles to Generate Understanding
This workshop will focus on using story circle methods, developed during the Civil Rights Movement by the Free Southern Theater, to devise creative performances about important community concerns. This will be a space for artists, cultural organizers and people who don't necessarily identify as artists to experience using shared story listening and telling techniques. We'll explore ways this approach can contribute to creating a shared vision for a healthy, resilient and sustainable future. Workshop facilitators include Shannon Woolley and Ebony Jordan of Louisville's Looking for Lillith theater company and Bob Martin of Clear Creek Creative in Rockcastle County, Kentucky.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Garneau

Nicole Garneau

board member, Alternate Roots
Nicole Garneau is an interdisciplinary artist making site-specific performance and project art that is directly political, critically conscious, and community building. She is currently completing a book about the 5-year (2008-2012) UPRISING project. Nicole is on the Executive Committee... Read More →
avatar for Ebony Jordan

Ebony Jordan

Looking for Lilith
Ebony Jordan lives in Louisville, Kentucky where she's an actor/teaching artist and also an associate company member with Looking for Lilith. She has her B.A. in Theatre from Brenau University located in her hometown of Gainesville, Ga. Throughout the years, her work has included... Read More →
avatar for Robert Martin

Robert Martin

Clear Creek Creative
ROBERT (Bobbyb) MARTIN lives in Rockcastle County, Kentucky and works as a theater/film artist, community arts producer, cultural organizer, trainer/facilitator and teaching artist through Clear Creek Creative.  He is passionate about using all forms of story, theatre, and media... Read More →
avatar for Shannon Woolley

Shannon Woolley

Co-Artistic Director, Looking for Lilith Theatre Company
Shannon is a dynamic Applied Theatre Practitioner, who was a founding member of Looking for Lilith Theatre in 2001, and served as Artistic Director through 2015. She currently oversees the development of the company and the execution of our mission in creating both performances and... Read More →



Saturday October 1, 2016 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Lecture Gallery Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

10:15am EDT

Workshop - Risky Business: Not all energy options are created equal

The Clean Power Plan asks states to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the electric power sector, and gives them flexibility to figure out how to get it done. But many energy sources that are sometimes considered low-carbon are actually loaded down with risks to our health, environment, climate and wallets.  In this workshop we’ll explore risks associated with natural gas, biomass, waste incineration or nuclear energy. And we’ll consider what’s needed to prioritize solutions that are cleaner, safer, and pose lower financial risks to ratepayers.


Moderators
avatar for Cara Cooper

Cara Cooper

KY Student Environmental Coalition
Cara has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from Florida International University and has been involved in the environmental movement since 2008. She served two years on the National Sierra Student Coalition’s Executive Committee (2012-2013) as the trainings liaison where... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Lynn Cunningham

Sarah Lynn Cunningham

Board Chair, Kentucky Conservation Committee
Sarah Lynn Cunningham is the director of the Louisville Climate Action Network and chair of the board of the Kentucky Conservation Committee. She is a licensed, professional environmental engineer, and an environmental educator.  She holds two interdisciplinary degrees from the... Read More →
avatar for Ahmina Maxey

Ahmina Maxey

Campaigns and Membership Coordinator (US and Canada), Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA)
Ahmina Maxey is the US & Canada Campaigns & Membership Coordinator with the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA). She has worked tirelessly for environmental justice in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan, fighting to protect the health and environment of her community... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2016 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Breakout Space #4 Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

10:15am EDT

Workshop - Rural coops leading the way on energy efficiency

Rural electric co-operatives in Kentucky are national leaders in developing an innovative approach – called Pay As You Save – to help their customers save energy and money. Now co-operatives in North Carolina, Arkansas, and Tennessee are building on that model. In this workshop we’ll hear from utility leaders and program partners who are investing millions of dollars in rural communities to make their customers’ homes more energy efficient. We’ll explore key benefits and challenges of the PAYS model. And we’ll discuss what’s needed to continue to grow and expand these programs to better serve Kentuckians in rural and urban communities alike.


Moderators
avatar for Chris Woolery

Chris Woolery

How$martKY Program Coordinator, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development
Chris Woolery became the How$martKY™ Program Coordinator in September of 2015 after four years with MACED as a Residential Energy Specialist. How$martKY™ partners with rural electric cooperatives to design, finance, and install home energy efficiency upgrades – and these improvements... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tammy Agard

Tammy Agard

Partner, EEtility
After spending 5 years implementing the Clinton Climate Initiatives HEAL program in Arkansas, Tammy co-founded EEtility in late 2014 determined to help low to moderate income families access the resources they need to make their homes energy efficient. Tammy specializes in utility... Read More →
avatar for Joni Hazelrigg

Joni Hazelrigg

CEO, Fleming Mason Energy
Joni Hazelrigg is President & CEO of Fleming-Mason Energy Cooperative headquartered in Flemingsburg, KY.  Joni has worked in various positions at the Cooperative for the past 30 years.  She received her Bachelors in Business Administration from Morehead State University with an... Read More →
avatar for Curtis Wynn

Curtis Wynn

President and Chief Executive Officer, Roanoke Electric Cooperative
Mr. Curtis Wynn serves as a President and Chief Executive Officer at Roanoke Electric Corporation. Previously, Wynn served as the President of North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation and as Director of Natural Capital Investment Fund. Wynn is the first African American in the... Read More →



Saturday October 1, 2016 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Breakout Space #2 Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

10:15am EDT

Workshop - Shaping a just transition

In this session we will explore diverse perspectives about what it means to shape a Just Transition to a clean energy economy – and why it matters. We’ll discuss some of the challenges facing workers and communities on the frontlines of climate disruption and our changing energy system. And we'll share examples of promising transition approaches and strategies. Together we’ll consider what's needed to to advance a Just Transition in Kentucky and for other affected communities and workers.

 


Moderators
avatar for Lisa Abbott

Lisa Abbott

Empower Kentucky Organizer, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
Lisa Abbott is an experienced community organizer with Kentuckians For The Commonwealth. Her current focus is coordinating KFTC's Empower Kentucky project and building grassroots power to advance a just transition to a clean energy economy in Kentucky.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Dixon

Eric Dixon

Coordinator of Policy and Community Engagement, Appalachian Citizens' Law Center
Eric served as an Appalachian Transition Fellow at Appalachian Citizens' Law Center in the fellowship program’s inaugural 2014-15 year and joined ACLC’s staff in June 2015. Eric coordinates ACLC’s policy analysis and engagement efforts, particularly around abandoned mine land... Read More →
avatar for Michael Leon Guerrero

Michael Leon Guerrero

Executive Director, Labor Network for Sustainability
Michael Leon Guerrero has recently been appointed Executive Director of the Labor Network for Sustainability (LNS). Previously, he served as the National Coordinator of the Climate Justice Alliance. Michael brings 30 years of community organizing and alliance building experience... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Peek

Rebecca Peek

Masters Student and former SEIU organizer
Rebecca is a women and gender master's student at the University of Louisville and a former union organizer for the Service Employees International Union/ National Conference of Firemen and Oilers (SEIU/ NCFO).  During her time with the union, she focused on organizing non-union... Read More →
avatar for Mick Power

Mick Power

Membership and Campaign Coordinator, US Climate Action Network
Mick is the Membership and Campaign Coordinator at the US Climate Action Network, where he works with USCAN's 150+ member organizations who are fighting climate injustice around the country. His background is in the climate movement in Australia, where he worked as an advocate with... Read More →



Saturday October 1, 2016 10:15am - 11:45am EDT
Breakout Space #1 Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
  Workshop
  • Links to related studies https://www.bluegreenalliance.org/resources/managing-the-employment-impact-of-energy-transition-in-pennsylvania-coal-country/ and http://www.labor4sustainability.org/uncategorized/just-transition-just-what-is-it/

11:45am EDT

Lunch
Lunch time music is provided by Randy Wilson and Jacob Mack-Boll, KFTC members from Knott County, Kentucky. 

Our food is provided by Duckworth and Co Catering. We appreciate JoWanda Duckworth and her staff.   


Saturday October 1, 2016 11:45am - 12:30pm EDT
Kentucky Center for African American Heritage 1701 W Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY 40203

12:40pm EDT

Keynote Address - The story of Roanoke Electric Cooperative
Speakers
avatar for Curtis Wynn

Curtis Wynn

President and Chief Executive Officer, Roanoke Electric Cooperative
Mr. Curtis Wynn serves as a President and Chief Executive Officer at Roanoke Electric Corporation. Previously, Wynn served as the President of North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation and as Director of Natural Capital Investment Fund. Wynn is the first African American in the... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2016 12:40pm - 1:20pm EDT
Kentucky Center for African American Heritage 1701 W Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY 40203
  Speaker/Panel

1:30pm EDT

Prioritizing health and racial and economic justice within our energy system

Across the US, low-income and people of color communities face the greatest exposure to air and water pollution that is harmful to health. A shift to cleaner energy sources can generate significant improvements in the health of Kentuckians, including lower rates of premature death, asthma, lung cancer, and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). However, it’s not inevitable that those benefits will occur in the most affected communities. In fact, if we aren’t intentional, the Clean Power Plan could make pollution worse for some communities. In this workshop, we’ll explore how and why various organizations are working to prioritize health and economic and racial justice as local, state and national decisions are made about our energy transition. Together we’ll consider what’s needed and what could help to ensure that efforts to prevent harm to our climate also protect the health of communities most affected by pollution.  


Moderators
avatar for Beverly May

Beverly May

member, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
Beverly May is a nurse from Floyd Co who has been a KFTC member for 34 years. In recent years she has been active in campaigns to end mountaintop removal mining and build mountain economies through sustainable agriculture. She is currently pursuing a DrPH in epidemiology at UK. Her... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Eboni Cochran

Eboni Cochran

community leader, REACT (Rubbertown Emergency ACTion)
Eboni Neal Cochran is a resident of the Chickasaw area, one of several neighborhoods adjacent to a cluster of chemical facilities commonly referred to as Rubbertown. She is a member of REACT (Rubbertown Emergency ACTion) an all volunteer grassroots organization of residents living... Read More →
avatar for Laura Greenfield

Laura Greenfield

member, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
Laura graduated in May from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Geography. Both in and out of school, Laura has worked to utilize and understand geospatial technology as a tool, one of many, with the capability to support environmental and social justice work. Her past projects... Read More →
avatar for Jacqueline Patterson

Jacqueline Patterson

Senior Director, Environmental and Climate Justice, NAACP
Currently the Senior Director of NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice, Jacqui Patterson, MSW, MPH, serves on the Boards of Directors for the Institute of the Black World, the National Black Workers Center, The River Network, and Center for Story Based Strategy and the Center for... Read More →



Saturday October 1, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Breakout Space #1 Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

1:30pm EDT

Ramping Up Energy Efficiency Across Our Economy

Energy efficiency is a win-win-win strategy that can generate financial savings across our economy while creating jobs and reducing harmful pollution. It’s an especially important strategy in Kentucky, where our homes and businesses use a lot more electricity than the national average. In this workshop we’ll learn about promising ways utilities, states and energy service providers are helping customers save money by saving energy – including in the industrial, commercial and residential sectors. And we’ll discuss what’s needed to significantly grow these types of programs to better serve Kentuckians.


Moderators
avatar for Dana Beasley Brown

Dana Beasley Brown

Immediate past chairperson, KFTC
Dana Beasley Brown is KFTC’s Chairperson and lives in Bowling Green with her husband and children. She is passionate about economic justice, empowering low-income communities, and restoring government to what it should and can be. She works at the youth services center at Bowling... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tammy Agard

Tammy Agard

Partner, EEtility
After spending 5 years implementing the Clinton Climate Initiatives HEAL program in Arkansas, Tammy co-founded EEtility in late 2014 determined to help low to moderate income families access the resources they need to make their homes energy efficient. Tammy specializes in utility... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Bills

Joshua Bills

Energy Efficient Enterprises Coordinator, MACED
Josh works for a Community Development Financial Institution, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development, assisting the lending team in developing financing opportunities for energy reduction and renewable energy projects. A former renewable energy installation entrepreneur... Read More →
avatar for Meegan Kelly

Meegan Kelly

Senior Research Analyst, Industry Program, ACEEE
Meegan Kelly is a Senior Research Analyst for the Industry Program at the AmericanCouncil for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) in Washington, DC. She conductsresearch, analysis, and outreach on energy efficiency policies and programs impactingthe industrial sector in the United... Read More →



Saturday October 1, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Breakout Space #2 Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

1:30pm EDT

Solar For All: Expanding access to the benefits of solar energy

The US solar market is expected to grow by a staggering 119% in 2016, according to industry projections, led by investments in utility-scale solar, community-scale solar, and rooftop solar in states with favorable policies. Solar energy provides important benefits to customers, utilities, and communities alike, and installed solar capacity is on the rise in Kentucky. However, we still face significant barriers that limit solar's growth here and restrict who can own and benefit from solar energy. In this workshop we’ll learn about several promising efforts to increase solar generation in Kentucky. And we’ll explore key strategies and policies that are working in other places that could significantly expand access to solar energy to Kentuckians across a broad range of customers, communities, and income groups.


Moderators
avatar for Steve Wilkins

Steve Wilkins

Member, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
After retiring as an educator with Eastern Kentucky University, Steve made a commitment to be an active member of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth. During that time, he has been involved with East Kentucky Power Cooperative’s “clean energy collaborative,” the Kentucky Sustainable... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Scott Drake

Scott Drake

Manager of Corporate Technical Services, East Kentucky Power Cooperative
Scott Drake is the Manager of Corporate Technical Services at East Kentucky Power Cooperative and is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing the cooperative’s energy efficiency and demand response programs. Scott is also the manager of Envision Energy Services... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Givens

Nancy Givens

Education and Marketing Manager, Avery and Sun Solar
Ms. Givens has worked in renewable energy and efficiency advocacy for four-plus decades. She is currently employed with Avery and Sun Solar Installations as Education and Marketing Manager. She was a founding member and is active with the Solar Over Louisville campaign and Kentucky... Read More →
avatar for Emily Stiever

Emily Stiever

Chief of Staff, Community Power Network
Emily Stiever, Community Power Network’s Chief of Staff, oversees CPN’s administrative, financial, and operational activities and provides technical assistance to CPN member organizations. In her role she assists communities in developing and implementing community-based renewable... Read More →



Saturday October 1, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Breakout Space #3 Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

1:30pm EDT

Workshop - Creating good jobs in a clean energy economy, esp where they are needed most

The transition to clean energy creates opportunities for new jobs and careers across many sectors of the economy and communities. In this workshop we’ll explore ways community organizations, organized labor, utilities and government are collaborating to ensure that the jobs created are good jobs. We’ll learn about some promising models and approaches taken by communities around the country, and several terrific new programs here in Kentucky. Together we’ll consider what’s needed to generate more clean energy jobs in Kentucky. And we'll discuss ways to ensure that the workers and communities who need them most have access to meaningful job training - and jobs!


Moderators
avatar for Sharon Murphy

Sharon Murphy

Steering Committee Alternate, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
Sharon Murphy is a legislative aide to a city council member in Lexington, Kentucky. She serves as the alternate representative to the Steering Committee of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth for the Central Kentucky KFTC chapter. She’s deeply involved in many aspects of KFTC’s... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Robin Burke

Robin Burke

Special Projects Manager, Youth Build
Robin oversees the design and build of YouthBuild Louisville’s Green Campus in Smoketown.  The campus and YBL is building capacity to connect more young adults with education and employment, improve academic standings and vocational skills, and increase the overall number of years... Read More →
avatar for Sebrina Owens-Wilson

Sebrina Owens-Wilson

Transit Equity Campaign Director, Partnership for Working Families
Sebrina Owens-Wilson leads the transit equity campaign, climate justice program and oversees the Partnership's campaign research. For more than seven years her research has helped shape organizing strategies, served as the foundation for innovative policy solutions to economic and... Read More →
avatar for Manisha Vaze

Manisha Vaze

Director of Organizing, SCOPE - LA (Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education)
Manisha Vaze joined SCOPE as Lead Organizer in July 2013 and became the Director ofOrganizing in January 2014. Manisha manages SCOPE’s grassroots voter engagement strategy and community organizing, and co-leads its campaign activities to build power alongside residents of South... Read More →
avatar for Chris Woolery

Chris Woolery

How$martKY Program Coordinator, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development
Chris Woolery became the How$martKY™ Program Coordinator in September of 2015 after four years with MACED as a Residential Energy Specialist. How$martKY™ partners with rural electric cooperatives to design, finance, and install home energy efficiency upgrades – and these improvements... Read More →
avatar for Jaimie Worker

Jaimie Worker

Policy Analyst, Center for Community Change
Jaimie K. Worker is a Policy Analyst at the Center for Community Change a national organization based in Washington D.C. committed to building the power and capacity of low-income people, especially people of color, to change their communities and policies for the better. She provides... Read More →



Saturday October 1, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Lecture Gallery Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

1:30pm EDT

Workshop - Putting a price on carbon and investing in equitable solutions
In this workshop, we’ll examine Kentucky’s options for putting a price on carbon pollution and equitably investing the funds in solutions that support a just transition to a clean energy economy. We’ll look at the cap-and-trade approach that is baked into the Clean Power Plan, as well as other policy options. We’ll consider lessons from other states. And we’ll discuss key choices that Kentucky can make to ensure that whatever plan we put in place is just and equitable, achieves meaningful pollution reductions, and invests in solutions that benefit all our communities. 

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Abbott

Lisa Abbott

Empower Kentucky Organizer, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
Lisa Abbott is an experienced community organizer with Kentuckians For The Commonwealth. Her current focus is coordinating KFTC's Empower Kentucky project and building grassroots power to advance a just transition to a clean energy economy in Kentucky.
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Holmes Hummel

Executive Director, Clean Energy Works
Holmes is the founder of Clean Energy Works, which advances equity and opportunity through inclusive financing solutions for local clean energy resources. In that capacity, Holmes serves as an advisor to a host of organizations working on place-based initiatives, including investment... Read More →



Saturday October 1, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Breakout Space #4 Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

1:30pm EDT

Workshop - Shaping a new narrative about energy and climate issues
Our stories and grassroots narrative strategies have immense power to open up the space to build the just and equitable clean energy future we are working for. In this workshop, participants will learn about KFTC’s approach to New Power communications and others’ experiences across the country in shaping narratives related to just transition and climate justice. Participants will also leave with practical tools to help shape the movement for climate justice and New Power through personal conversations and public communications.

Speakers
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Sara Pennington

New Energy and Transition Organizer, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth
Sara Pennington is the New Energy and Transition Campaign Organizer with Kentuckians For The Commonwealth. Originally from West Virginia, she lives in Whitesburg, in the mountains of southeastern Kentucky. Sara's interest in narrative comes from her background in creative writing... Read More →



Saturday October 1, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Pavillion Lobby Kentucky Center for African American Heritage

3:15pm EDT

Panel discussion: Generating political will
Moderators
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Cassia Herron

Board Chair, Louisville Association for Community Economics
Cassia is a native of Richmond, KY and has lived in Louisville for most of her adult life. She is a community development professional and advocate with over 10 years experience working on projects at the intersections of community and economic development, food and the built environment... Read More →

Speakers
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Cara Cooper

KY Student Environmental Coalition
Cara has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from Florida International University and has been involved in the environmental movement since 2008. She served two years on the National Sierra Student Coalition’s Executive Committee (2012-2013) as the trainings liaison where... Read More →
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Eric Dixon

Coordinator of Policy and Community Engagement, Appalachian Citizens' Law Center
Eric served as an Appalachian Transition Fellow at Appalachian Citizens' Law Center in the fellowship program’s inaugural 2014-15 year and joined ACLC’s staff in June 2015. Eric coordinates ACLC’s policy analysis and engagement efforts, particularly around abandoned mine land... Read More →
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Michael Leon Guerrero

Executive Director, Labor Network for Sustainability
Michael Leon Guerrero has recently been appointed Executive Director of the Labor Network for Sustainability (LNS). Previously, he served as the National Coordinator of the Climate Justice Alliance. Michael brings 30 years of community organizing and alliance building experience... Read More →
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Jacqueline Patterson

Senior Director, Environmental and Climate Justice, NAACP
Currently the Senior Director of NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice, Jacqui Patterson, MSW, MPH, serves on the Boards of Directors for the Institute of the Black World, the National Black Workers Center, The River Network, and Center for Story Based Strategy and the Center for... Read More →
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Rebecca Peek

Masters Student and former SEIU organizer
Rebecca is a women and gender master's student at the University of Louisville and a former union organizer for the Service Employees International Union/ National Conference of Firemen and Oilers (SEIU/ NCFO).  During her time with the union, she focused on organizing non-union... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2016 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Kentucky Center for African American Heritage 1701 W Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY 40203

4:15pm EDT

Feedback
Saturday October 1, 2016 4:15pm - 4:50pm EDT
Kentucky Center for African American Heritage 1701 W Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY 40203

4:45pm EDT

Wrap up and next steps
Saturday October 1, 2016 4:45pm - 5:00pm EDT
Kentucky Center for African American Heritage 1701 W Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY 40203

5:00pm EDT

Adjourn
Saturday October 1, 2016 5:00pm - 5:15pm EDT
Kentucky Center for African American Heritage 1701 W Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY 40203