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Tuesday, April 23rd – 5:00-7:00pm

Down Home Kitchen, 100 Main St, Montpelier

Please note the date time has changed to Tuesday, April 23rd from 5:00-7:00pm.


The Leveraging Change Speaker Series continues with a conversation about what Vermont can learn from three North American cap-and-invest programs to accelerate progress toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions efficiently and equitably across the electric, thermal, and transportation sectors. It explores how the systems are set up and managed as well as how the systems encourage substantial re-investment in programs and technologies that reduce emissions and increase affordability. EAN Senior Fellows Karen Glitman (Center for Sustainable Energy) and Linda McGinnis will discuss Karen’s recently completed research into how these policies, designs, and models could be applied in Vermont.

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Karen Glitman was most recently the Policy Lead for Microgrids at the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC). With more than 20 years of policy advocacy and public service experience, Karen came to VEIC in 2011 as its first Director of Transportation Efficiency, and then served as Director of Strategy, Policy, and Public Affairs before serving as the Director of Efficiency Vermont. Prior to joining VEIC, Karen was the Director of the University of Vermont’s National University Transportation Center and interim co-Director of its Transportation Research Center. She served as the Vermont Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator; held the positions of Director of Policy and Planning, Deputy Secretary, and Acting Secretary at the Vermont Agency of Transportation; and served as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Vermont and is a member of the Vermont Bar.Karen Glitman is the Senior Manager for Market Development and Policy at the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) and a Senior Fellow at EAN. Karen Glitman was most recently the Policy Lead for Microgrids at the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC). With more than 20 years of policy advocacy and public service experience, Karen came to VEIC in 2011 as its first Director of Transportation Efficiency, and then served as Director of Strategy, Policy, and Public Affairs before serving as the Director of Efficiency Vermont. Prior to joining VEIC, Karen was the Director of the University of Vermont’s National University Transportation Center and interim co-Director of its Transportation Research Center. She served as the Vermont Clean Cities Coalition Coordinator; held the positions of Director of Policy and Planning, Deputy Secretary, and Acting Secretary at the Vermont Agency of Transportation; and served as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Vermont and is a member of the Vermont Bar.

Linda McGinnis is an economist and policy analyst with over 30 years of experience in developing and investing in concrete solutions to sustainable development challenges, both globally and locally.  As a Lead Economist and Senior Manager at the World Bank for 20 years, she led research, policy negotiations and investments in environment, energy, education, agriculture, and health in countries across Africa, Latin America and South Asia. Since moving to Vermont in 2010 from India (to be closer to aging parents), Linda’s focus has been on state-level climate change strategies, renewable energy and energy efficiency policies and programs. She has provided her expertise across two administrations, serving as Director of Governor Shumlin’s Energy Generation Siting Policy Commission, as advisor to the leadership team at the VT Agency for Natural Resources on climate change strategy, as analyst for President Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, and more recently as Commissioner for Governor Scott’s Climate Commission.  In 2015, she joined EAN as Program Director, while also serving as co-chair of the Clean Energy Development Fund Board. These roles provided backbone support to help further Vermont’s strategic vision, investment and collective action towards its total energy and climate goals. Upon retirement from EAN in 2018, she became EAN’s first Senior Fellow, and looks forward to supporting EAN in any way she can to further Vermont’s actions to meet its 90% by 2050 goals across all energy sectors. Linda is also a Trustee and past Board Chair of the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, and a founding member of the VCRD Climate Economy Council. Locally, she is an active member of the South Burlington Energy Committee and a women’s theater production company (GNOP).  She and her husband Sam have invested in several small solar farms across Vermont, and are the proud parents of three.  She holds degrees from Stanford (BA – International Relations), Princeton (Master in Public Affairs – Development Economics), l’Institut des Etudes Politiques in Paris (Master in Economic Policy) and Harvard Business School (Exec Ed). She is passionate about the future of the planet, of our beautiful state, and the role that each of us plays in ensuring that we do everything in our power to continue to enjoy its beauty.Linda McGinnis is an economist and policy analyst with over 30 years of developing concrete solutions to sustainable development challenges, both globally and locally. As a Lead Economist and Senior Manager at the World Bank for 20 years, she led research, policy negotiations and investments in environment, energy, education, agriculture, and health in countries across Africa, Latin America and South Asia. She is currently a Senior Fellow and Board Member with EAN.

Since moving to Vermont in 2010, Linda’s focus has been on state-level climate change strategies, renewable energy and energy efficiency policies and programs. She has provided her expertise across two administrations, serving as Director of Governor Shumlin’s Energy Generation Siting Policy Commission, as co-chair of the Clean Energy Development Fund, and as Commissioner for Governor Scott’s Climate Commission. In 2015, she joined EAN as Program Director and initiated the annual Energy and Climate Progress Report as part of EAN’s goal of providing backbone support to help further Vermont’s strategic vision, investment and collective action towards its total energy and climate goals.

Linda is also a Trustee and past Board Chair of the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, and a founding member of the VCRD Climate Economy Council. She holds degrees from Stanford (BA International Relations), Princeton (MPA Development Economics), l’Institut des Etudes Politiques in Paris (MA Economic Policy) and Harvard Business School (Exec Ed). She is passionate about the future of the planet, of our beautiful state, and the role that each of us plays in ensuring that we do everything in our power to continue to enjoy its beauty.

Contact EAN

  • Jared Duval

    Jared Duval

    Executive Director
    802‑829‑7421   jduval@eanvt.org
  • Carolyn Wesley

    Carolyn Wesley

    Network Manager
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  • Pamela Hathaway

    Pamela Hathaway

    Energy Research Analyst
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  • Robert Fish

    Rob Fish

    Energy Dashboard Manager
    802‑383‑8527   rfish@eanvt.org
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