EAN 2023 Summit Agenda and Speaker List


September 28: EAN Network Summit Agenda and Speakers

8:00 – 9:00 Light Breakfast and Networking


  • Cara Robechek, EAN Deputy Director & Network Manager

Unveiling of EAN’s 2023 Annual Progress Report Key Findings + Q&A

  • Jared Duval, EAN Executive Director
  • Lena Stier, EAN Data Manager & Research Analyst
10:30 Morning Break

Climate and Energy Leadership for Vermont  + Q&A

  • Moderator: Representative Gabrielle Stebbins, Co-Chair, Climate Solutions Caucus
  • Panelists:
    • Secretary of State Sarah Copeland Hanzas (by video message) and Deputy Secretary of State Lauren Hibbert 
    • Attorney General Charity Clark 
    • State Treasurer Mike Pieciak 
    • Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman
    • Senator Christopher Bray, Chair, Senate Natural Resources & Energy
    • Representative Sara Coffey, Chair, House Transportation 
    • Representative Amy Sheldon, Chair, House Environment & Energy 
12:20 Invitation to topical and emerging ideas tables over lunch
12:30 Lunch  
1:30 Presentation of EAN Annual Awards (Anne & Arthur Berndt & Leigh Seddon awards)

Funding Climate Action in Vermont + Q&A 

  • Moderator:  Peter Walke, Managing Director, Efficiency Vermont
  • Panelists:
    • Megan O’Toole, VT Agency of Natural Resources Climate Change Mitigation Program Manager 
    • TJ Poor, VT Department of Public Service Director of the Regulated Utility Planning Division 
    • Andrea Wright, Vermont Department of Transportation Environmental Policy Manager
3:15 Afternoon Break

2024 plans and priorities for Network Action Teams + Q&A 

  • Weatherization at Scale – Neale Lunderville
  • Tenant Weatherization protection – Tom Proctor 
  • Networked Thermal/Geothermal – Debbie New
  • Climate Workforce – Dylan Giambatista

Recap of the Day and Address to the Network

  • Jared Duval, EAN Executive Director 
5:00 – 8:00 Reception / Drinks / Dinner 


Sept 29: EAN Network and Network Action Team collaboration 9AM-2PM

The second day of the summit will be dedicated to deeper conversations leading to action steps for the coming year.  A carefully curated agenda will guide us through:

  • sharing what is already working well in Vermont or other jurisdictions
  • listing information about available resources
  • discussing how we can match what needs to be done with the resources that are available, and
  • brainstorming our next steps for Network Action Teams and the EAN Network

September 29: EAN Network Collaboration Agenda

9:00 Introduction to Cross Network Action Team discussions and process
9:15 Funding and Finance:  How can Vermont access all available federal, state, and private/philanthropic funding for climate and energy initiatives?
10:30 Morning Break
10:45 Communications and Program Design: How can we motivate, inform, and support action by consumers, contractors, utilities, public servants, etc. to optimize GHG reduction and equity, using available funding?
noon – 2pm Lunch and Informal Networking: If weather is good, join EAN staff for a hike to enjoy Vermont in the autumn