Community Energy Resilience: Empowering local communities
Our presentors provided insights into community clean energy resilience, including clean energy microgrids, empowering local governments and communities, utility justice and supporting California’s most vulnerable communities in the face of the dual COVID-19 and climate crises.
Amee Raval, Senior Policy Researcher at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), has a background in research and advocacy addressing the environmental and occupational health impacts of extreme heat due to climate change. Amee graduated with an MS in Environmental Health Sciences from UC Berkeley School of Public Health. The Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) is leading a transition away from an extractive economy based on profit and pollution and toward local, healthy, and life-sustaining economies that benefit everyone.
Kurt Johnson, The Climate Center’s Advanced Community Energy Manager, previously founded a hydropower trade association where he lobbied successfully for regulatory reform before Congress and the Colorado legislature. Kurt also worked for Recurrent Energy in solar, for the California Public Utilities Commission, and at the U.S. EPA where he founded the Green Power Partnership. Kurt started his career in 1991 working on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC as a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Rep. Richard Swett (D-NH). Kurt holds an MS in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Johns Hopkins University and an MA and BA from Stanford University.