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TEDxDirigo: RISE State Theatre, Portland, Maine

What Islands Can Teach Maine About Energy

  • 2015
  • Community

Maine’s island communities face energy issues beyond what we on the mainland usually think about, but the thrifty, forward-thinking, and innovative ways that such communities come together to solve their energy problems could actually teach the rest of us some useful models.

Suzanne MacDonald is the Community Energy Director at the Island Institute, where she has been supporting island communities in their efforts to better understand and confront their unique energy challenges since she developed the program in 2009. She directs award-winning programming on community-based energy efficiency, locally-owned renewable energy, and energy education. Recognized by the US Department of Energy for her leadership in engaging communities in energy decision-making, Suzanne has a passion for supporting islanders who are rethinking the ways in which their communities generate and use energy, and a keen interest in sharing their stories to help the rest of the nation build a more sustainable energy future. Suzanne holds a Master’s degree in urban and environmental policy and planning from Tufts University and a BA in political science and international development studies from McGill University.