University of Vermont

Students on the Lawn

CEF Seminar: Paths to Change: Entrepreneurs, Activists and Political leaders

Monday, November 18, 2013 - 4:05pm
Waterman Building on the UVM campus, Room 413

Tony Klein is one of the most forward thinking Vermont state legislators in regards to energy. He represents the Washington County towns of East Montpelier and Middlesex. He is the Chair of the House Natural Resources & Energy Committee and the the Chair of the Joint House & Senate Energy Oversight Committee. In Vermont, he started the Youth Diversion program at the Youth Services Bureau. He has also worked in marketing and sales at local companies including Hutchins Roofing, Blue Flame Gas and WNCS Radio and has been a lobbyist for the Washington Electric Coop. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from American University in 1969.

Beth Sachs co-founded VEIC in 1986 with partner Blair Hamilton, and served as its Executive Director for twenty-two years. She continues to foster stewardship of the mission, values, and goals that have set VEIC apart and made it a successful and valuable part of the community, as well as furthering its education, advocacy, and business development goals. As a leader in energy efficiency and passive solar work for more than forty years—a career spanning several oil embargoes, a couple of wars fought at least partly over natural resources, and increasingly cataclysmic weather events— Beth has made it her life’s work to (quite literally) save the planet. She serves on the Boards of Vermont Works for Women, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, and the Energy Co-op of Vermont, is Secretary of the VEIC Board, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Antioch College.

Duane Peterson  is the Co-President of Vermont solar company, SunCommon. There he is responsible for marketing, internal business operations and investor relations. He’s a social entrepreneur with an eclectic 35-year career in socially responsible business, campaign management, government service and community involvement. He moved his family from California in 1996 to Vermont where he worked as Chief of Stuff at Ben & Jerry’s for 12 years — getting to execute Ben Cohen’s creative vision. Committed to advancing values-led business models, he’s a member of the national Social Venture Network, Vermont Venture Network and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. He also serves on the Boards of the HowardCenter and VPIRG. Duane lives in Essex with his wife of 23 years and their two teenage sons.

Liz Edsell is VPIRG’s Field Director. Liz has nearly a decade of experience in grassroots organizing and environmental advocacy. Previously, as Associate Director of The Conservation Campaign, advocacy affiliate of The Trust for Public Land, Liz helped to create, renew and defend more than $20 billion in public funding to protect land and water via ballot and legislative campaigns. As an organizer with Green Corps, the Field School for Environmental Organizing, Liz mobilized volunteers, interns and coalition partners in campaigns working to promote clean energy with Greenpeace, halt the tobacco industry’s influence over global public health treaty negotiations with Corporate Accountability International, stop rollbacks to the Clean Air Act with USPIRG and much more. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 2002 with honors in Environmental Studies and from Green Corps in 2003 as the Leadership Award recipient. As Field Director, Liz directs field ! operations for all VPIRG campaigns and is responsible for engaging members and citizens across Vermont in our efforts to protect the public interest and make our state the best place to live and work.

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