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New Climate Webinar Series

TownGreen2025 announces a series of four webinars by noted experts on topics relating to climate change. The kickoff webinar will be held on Thursday, May 21, at 3PM, in an hour-long program featuring Ken Kimmell, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists. Mr. Kimmell will speak on the theme of “Lessons from the Covid Crisis for the Climate Crisis.” The 25-minute presentation will be followed by an opportunity for questions from the Zoom audience, and a final wrap up by the moderator, Dick Prouty, and panelist, Candace Wheeler. 

Ken Kimmell is President of the Union of Concerned Scientists, a leading science-based nonprofit that combines the knowledge and influence of the scientific community with the passion of concerned citizens to build a healthy planet and a safer world.  Mr. Kimmell has more than 30 years’ experience in government, environmental policy, and advocacy. He is a national advocate for clean energy and transportation policies and a driving force behind UCS’s “Power Ahead” campaign to build a large and diverse group of clean energy leadership states.  

The three remaining webinars will be held on successive Thursdays at 3PM:

Thursday, May 28 at 3PM, Larry Chretien, Executive Director of the Green Energy Consumers Alliance, will discuss how his organization covers both policy advocacy at the state house and launches green energy programs aimed at the community and individual level. Mr. Chretien will address his lobbying work, diversity, equity and inclusion in climate work, the Drive Green program, and his work on municipal aggregation. 

Thursday, June 4 at 3PM, Natasha Lamb, Director of Equity Research and Shareholder Engagement at Arjuna Capital, will address her work with national institution pension funds and endowments to advocate for reduction of investments in fossil fuel companies, for both ecological and rate of return reasons. Ms. Lamb’s work has been featured in the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times as well as CNNand NPR.

Thursday June 11, at 3PM, Denny Dart, an environmental engineer by day and a climate activist evenings and weekends, will talk about her experience calculating her personal carbon footprint. She will share the insights and actions that grew from seeing her own carbon impact, especially in the area of the footprint of her credit cards and investments. Her presentation will include a tutorial on how to calculate your own footprint.

How to register for the free webinar series

Participants must register in advance for each webinar. The link for the May 21st webinar is here

Webinar participants will have an opportunity to submit a question or two in advance on this registration form and to post questions for consideration during the webinar format. 

By registering on this link, an invitation to the hour-long Zoom event by Ken Kimmell will be sent to each participant starting on May 20 and the final invitations will be sent by Noon on the day of the event, May 21. 

Support for TownGreen2025 and the work of our partner organization, the Cape Ann Climate Coalition, is greatly appreciated.  

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Ken Kimmell
Ken Kimmell, President, Union of Concerned Scientists

Ken Kimmell is president of the Union of Concerned Scientists and has more than 30 years of experience in government, environmental policy, and advocacy. He is a national advocate for clean energy and transportation policies and a driving force behind UCS’s “Power Ahead” campaign to build a large and diverse group of clean energy leadership states. Prior to joining UCS in May 2014, Mr. Kimmell was the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), and served as chairman of the board of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. See Ken's full bio.

Posted by Dick Prouty

Dick Prouty

Dick Prouty was the Executive Director of Project Adventure(PA), an international non-profit based in Beverly, MA, for thirty four years, until he recently retired in the winter of 2015. Under Dick’s leadership, PA, whose mission is to advance active learning, has become one of the leading institutions in the experiential education field and is responsible for 500,000 new students per year being introduced to adventure based education classes in physical education, health, fitness, counseling, and in academic classes with integrated experiential learning. Curricula development, training and consulting, publishing books and digital media, leadership development, and organizing and leading learning communities are among the core competencies he has developed over his time at PA.

Dick and his wife, Doris, have lived in Lanesville, Gloucester for the last 43 years, and raised two children, Ila and Seth. He has come to deeply appreciate the special place that is Cape Ann. Along with Co-Chair Candace Wheeler, and a growing number of volunteers of TownGreen2025, Dick is now focused on developing a plan to have Gloucester and Cape Ann make a difference in addressing the threat of climate change.

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