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Decarbonizing During a Crisis: Look to the States for Inspiration

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About the event:

In this time of great uncertainty, one can’t help but notice the important role of sub-national actors (states, cities, companies, and institutions) in confronting the pandemic and systematic racism.  These sub-national actors also are continuing to lead on de-carbonization and deploying clean energy, in ways that strive towards equity and justice. 

In this upcoming CBEY panel, leading experts and practitioners will offer their thoughts on the intersections between the pandemic, justice, clean energy, and climate – with a focus on the equitable deployment of clean energy, local land-use rules, and the potential for an inclusive and equitable transition away from fossil fuels towards a renewable energy future.

Speakers include Sara Bronin, an architect, attorney, UCONN Law Professor, and expert on local land use law and policy; Ben Healey a clean energy finance expert at Posigen, the only residential solar company focused on serving low- and moderate-income homeowners; and Shalanda Baker, an attorney and Northeastern University School of Law Professor, who is the co-founder and co-director of the Initiative for Energy Justice.

Rob Klee, former Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and current lecturer at the Yale School of the Environment will moderate the discussion.

The event is part of (the now-virtual) series of talks on how we should “Look to the States” for leadership and meaningful climate action.


Robert J. Klee

Lecturer at Yale School of the Environment
Managing Director of Clean Energy Programming at Yale Center for Business and the Environment
Ph.D. 2005
J.D. 2004
Master of Environmental Management 1999

Shalanda Baker

Professor of Law, Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University School of Law

Sara Bronin

Professor, College of Architecture, Art, & Planning and Associated Faculty Member, Law School at Cornell University
J.D. 2006

Ben Healey

CFO at PosiGen
MBA 2012
Master of Environmental Management 2012