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Employee Q&A: Meet Carolyn

Updated: Sep 28, 2023

What interested you in working at Clean Energy NH?

I am committed to a regenerative future, and, in a previous position, I was inspired by our program, Community Solar for Community Action, which intended to further build out our community solar grid for those experiencing energy poverty.

Recently I expanded the research, specifically block chain application to community solar, as I thought it might be a component of my Master of Arts (MA) dissertation. Within days I found Clean Energy NH advertising this position!

What were you up to prior to working at the organization?

I’ve been working in the area of collaborative planning for community and economic development, and previously I served as the Director of Planning, Development, and Public Relations for a Community Action Agency in Vermont. I also gained certification to implement their federally-mandated performance management practice, ROMA. One of the highlights of the role was the opportunity to attract, and served on the development team for, Vermont Everyone Eats (VEE). It was a great opportunity to co-develop what was scaled up to become a multi-million dollar project. VEE intended change at a systems level. It had measurable benefits on local farms, locally-domiciled restaurants, and local people impacted by COVID; and it was administered by local hubs who had design control for the implementation in their region.

Why did you decide to work in the clean energy industry?

I am a student of regenerative economics and, within that work, it is evident that the future of humanity hinges on a deeper interaction with and promotion of renewable, clean energy. I hope that my background in community & economic development planning and fund development will support CENH’s mission to lead the clean energy transition needed for all beings to thrive. I’m also curious about the intersection of land use and renewable energy technologies; for ex., what multiple benefits for the ecosystem can be incorporated in land developed for renewables which would also create co benefits such as, to increase habitat for pollinators or reinstate continuous wildlife corridors.

Describe your position in more detail. Who will you be working with and what will you be doing?

I will be working on developing funding streams for the organization’s work. This will be at the direction of our Executive Director and under the supervision of Beth, the Deputy Director, with whom I will build out systems/processes to improve grants management, in particular, to meet our goal of increased organizational capacity.

What aspect of your job excites you most? Why?

I am excited for the innovation and partnership-building across sectors, as we cultivate collaborations which generate funding for programming and capacity building; and I am especially glad that the work will promote positive transformation in our communities, state, and region. I love work that improves, and more importantly, regenerates, life on earth.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

No mud. No lotus. ~TNH

Stay the course; work hard; seek to understand the nature of suffering; allow for change; cultivate peace; and celebrate JOY.

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

When I'm not working, I like to garden, hike, dance, play keyboard music (likely old and french), cook, and read.

A typical weekend for me is…

Hiking, cooking, garden tending, giving the hubs and my kiddo some time and love.

What’s on your bucket list?

Completing a graduate degree in Regenerative Economics- August 2024!

Traveling to the Orkney Islands in Scotland; replacing my dwarf fruit trees with a more sustainable, native over story (for the birds, in particular, and a little more perennial food on our property); take a long hiking/walking trip in Spain…

If you could choose anyone to play you in a movie, who would it be?

Kate Winslet, love her acting (like, A Little Chaos, a perennial fave).

Tell us one thing most people don’t know about you.

I adore ridge line walking, from the Crawford Path (my #1), as well as Pemetic, and, more local to me, the Windmill-Pinnacle (VT) and Robinhood to Sunset Rock (Keene).

Fun Facts:

Coffee or Tea? And how do you take it?

Both! Coffee- lite on cream and maple, and- …half decaf! Tea- from my garden in summer, likely lemon balm or tulsi/holy basil.

Favorite NH Restaurant:

Favorite Musician/Band/Music genre:

Funky organ! Club D’Elf, Thievery Corporation, Sundog Organ Trio, to name a few!

Favorite Recreational Activity:

Hiking in the mountains, with an ocean nearby; and building garden eco-systems for all creatures <3

Favorite Holiday:

Christmas Eve, so quiet, and we have a tradition of spending it with our friend-family. I enjoy preparing a special dinner, often with ingredients saved just for an evening of love and giving (like homemade black raspberry ice cream and vegan peach sorbet!)

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