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Speakers Bureau

For libraries, local chambers, Rotary Clubs, and others who would be interested in a FREE speaker on New Hampshire and Global Warming we offer the Carbon Coalition Speakers Bureau.

We will provide a knowledgeable person to address your group for 15 to 30 minutes, as appropriate and can engage your group in a discussion of global warming impacts and solutions in New Hampshire.  REQUEST A SPEAKER.

Maura Adams
Maura Adams joined The Jordan Institute in 2006 as a Project Manager. She helps municipalities throughout New Hampshire understand their environmental impact and implement cost-effective projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sustain ecological services. She is also a LEED Accredited Professional who assists the High Performance Buildings program. A 2005 graduate of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Maura holds a master's degree in Environmental Management. Her studies and work experience at Yale focused on community forestry, ecological restoration, and land conservation. Most recently Maura coordinated an energy reduction program for the Harvard Green Campus Initiative, organizing behavioral change campaigns targeted at the 75,000 faculty, staff, and students in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Denise Blaha
Denise is a Research Associate at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space at the University of New Hampshire, and is involved in a number of educational initiatives. She has co-authored two chapters for the Earth Exploration Toolbook that are used by teachers throughout the U.S. to teach students about climate change. Denise speaks to students and community groups about climate change and simple yet effective steps that can be taken to reduce residential carbon emissions. She was previously a researcher with the Global Atmospheric Chemistry group at UNH, studying anthropogenic sources of atmospheric methane.

Bruce Clendenning
Bruce is Projects Director for the Granite State Conservation Voters Alliance (GSCVA), a bi-partisan, statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting New Hampshire's environment by making it a priority for our elected leaders. Prior to joining GSCVA, Bruce spent the last five and a half years in the Policy Department of the Appalachian Mountain Club where he worked on a broad variety of issues including land conservation funding, community/sustainable economics, community connections to the land, White Mountain National Forest policy, and air quality issues including climate change and other air pollution policies. Prior to that, Bruce spent three years as Public Information Officer for the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality in the State Superfund Program. Bruce has an MA in Resource and Environmental Policy from the George Washington University and a BA from Brandeis University. Bruce recently returned from Nashville, TN where he was trained by Vice President Al Gore in his climate change slide show as a part of The Climate Project.

Ken Colburn
Ken Colburn formed Symbiotic Strategies LLC to pursue efforts in climate change, energy, public policy, and the intersection of environmental and economic opportu­nity. Previously he was executive director of NESCAUM, which represents the state air quality agencies in New England, New Jersey, and New York.. Before joining NESCAUM, he led the Air Resources Division of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, helping to make the state a leader in reducing air pollution with the nation’s first “4-Pollutant” bill for power plants and the first state Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Registry law. Before joining NHDES, Colburn was VP of the Business & Industry Association of New Hampshire. He holds a BS in mathematics from the Mas­sachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA and MEd from the University of New Hampshire.

Nancy Girard
Nancy is the former Vice President and Director of the New Hampshire Advocacy Center of the Conservation Law Foundation. Prior to her work with CLF she served as attorney to the state’s fish and game agencies. She practiced municipal, land use, and environmental law with a firm in Laconia, New Hampshire. Nancy holds a JD from the University of Denver’s College of Law, an MA from its Graduate School of International Studies, and a BA cum laude from Amherst College.


Joel M. Harrington, J.D.
Joel is Director of Government Relations for The Nature Conservancy - New Hampshire, one of the leading conservation organizations in the state that has protected over 200,000 acres of ecologically significant land. Joel is the former Vice-President of Policy for New Hampshire Audubon where he worked extensively on policy matters relating to atmospheric deposition and land conservation funding. As a former environmental and economic assistant to the late U.S. Senator John Chafee (Rhode Island), Joel worked on legislation reauthorization the Clean Water Act. In 1999-2000, Joel worked in Belgium and Germany as a law clerk to the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Joel has co-authored numerous laws protecting New Hampshire's lakes and wildlife. Joel co-authored the state law to significantly reduce mercury and sulfur emissions from the state's coal-fired power plants. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Rhode Island with a double major in Political Science and English. In addition, he holds a law degree specializing in environmental law and policy from Vermont Law School.

D. Dickinson Henry Jr.
Dick Henry is the Executive Director of The Jordan Institute. He joined the Jordan Institute in 2007 bringing with him a broad background in energy and environmental work to Jordan. Dick served for nine years as President of the Audubon Society of New Hampshire, from 1987 to 1995. From 1995 to 1998 he set up and ran the New Hampshire Electric Utility Restructuring Collaborative, a consortium of low-income, small business and environmental interests that developed the groundwork for a systems benefit charge. Dick has a thorough knowledge of environmental and energy issues and how they intertwine. He has a strong background working with utilities, regulators, government agencies, business interests, the environmental community, foundations, and private individuals. An innovative and original thinker, Dick believes that climate change is the greatest challenge we face and that significant improvement in the built environment plays a key role in meeting the climate change challenge.

Edward Leach
Edward R. (Ted) Leach was first elected to the NH House of Representatives in 2000 and as a member of the Science, Technology & Energy Committee he co-sponsored the main amendment that established the first four-pollutant bill in the nation. He is the founder and publisher of Leach Newspapers, Inc., and published newspapers in NH, SC and on Nantucket Island. He has two grown children and lives with his wife Beverly in Hancock, NH.

Patrick Miller
MPH is former Executive Director of The Jordan Institute where he worked on school and other community construction projects that promote sustainable materials selection and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He now serves as a Research Associate Professor at the New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice. He is currently working on both information technology and policy projects, developing environmental health research projects, and is teaching in the Masters of Public Health program. Patrick has spent the past fifteen years working in the fields of health care finance, operations, technology, and policy. Patrick previously has held positions as Chief Information Officer and co-founder for Choicelinx Corporation, as well as senior management positions with Healthsource/CIGNA. Patrick has a Masters of Public Health with a focus on Ecology from the University of New Hampshire. He joined the Institute in September 2006. He and his family live in an active and passive solar home in Campton, NH.

Kurt Olson
Kurt Olson is an Assistant Professor of Law at his alma mater, the Massachusetts School of Law (MSL). He has served as the Public Relations Director for the school, and is currently the school�s Litigation Team Coordinator and Attorney, the Co-Director and an Assistant Professor of the Research and Writing Program, and a practicing attorney in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Olson hosts and produces MSL�s television programs, Educational Forum and Books of Our Time. Since 2003 he has produced and participated in more than 12 shows including The Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, Global Warming, and Alternative Fuels. Olson is also the Carbon Coalition�s town volunteer in Salisbury, NH.

Rafe Pomerance
Rafe Pomerance is currently Chairman of the Climate Policy Center, a nonprofit focusing on policies to lower greenhouse gas emissions. From 1993-1999 Pomerance was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Environment and Development. In this position he was responsible for developing and implementing US diplomatic policy on a range of issues, including: forests, climate change, ozone depletion, and coral reefs. Prior to joining the State Department Pomerance spent eight years as a senior associate at the World Resources Institute focusing on policy responses to global warming and ozone depletion. He has also served as Chairman of the League of Conservation Voters and was a founder and the first coordinator or the National Clean Air Coalition, and  a founder and chairman of the board of American Rivers.

Laura Richardson
Laura is the president and co-founder of the New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association. NHSEA educates NH citizens and organizations about sustainable energy and advocates for favorable sustainable energy policies. With no other state-wide organization or agency focusing specifically on renewable energy in the state, NHSEA collaborates with many organizations, agencies, and companies to educate and improve NH’s energy dialogue and action. The volunteer group coordinates and co-sponsors workshops and conferences, exhibits at fairs, festivals, and conferences and advocates for improved NH energy policies. A majority of efforts focus on addressing specific questions and needs for individual situations.  

Living off-the-grid in a very efficient home powered by photovoltaics (solar-electric panels) motivated her and husband Gil to share their research and experience with others interested in pursuing similar goals. Since NHSEA’s founding in 2003, the group has grown significantly and become a leader in the discussion about renewable energy in NH. She loosely models her energy/sustainability referral and hand-holding services on efforts as a Master Gardener with the UNH Cooperative Extension’s Family, Home & Garden Center’s Info Line where she volunteered for 3 years. With a BA in Spanish from Bates College, 10 years in the commercial printing world, 8 years as a health advocate for a family member with myriad medical maladies, and a passion for her productive but sadly overlooked gardens, she fantasizes about writing fiction and living sustainably on the 37 acres in Benton Flats.

Dr. Barrett N. Rock

Barry Rock is a faculty member in the Complex Systems Research Center at UNH.  He is also a member of the Natural Resources faculty and the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space and teaches in Natural Resources. His research focuses on the impact of air pollutants on forest species. Dr. Rock has developed a number of pre-college (K-12) science education outreach programs based on his own research activities. Today over 150 schools across New England are involved in Forest Watch.

Jim Rubens

Jim Rubens was a New Hampshire state senator from 1994-1998, GOP candidate for governor in 1998 and chair of the NH GOP Platform Committee in 2000.  He is author of the state's charter school, victim restitution and SB-2 voting laws. He is a consultant to Union of Concerned Scientists on national clean energy policy.  Since 2001, he has served as Executive Committee chair and spokesman for the Granite State Coalition Against Expanded Gambling. Jim is a commercial real estate and angel investor in technology-related business startups and is a member of Granite State Angels, based at the Tuck School of Business in Hanover.  He serves as board chairman of Accentus, LLC. Jim lives with his wife Susan and son Matthew in Etna.  His favorite outdoor activity is strenuous day hiking in the NH Whites.

Chuck Stata
Chuck is the Executive Director and founder of the American Snowmobilers Association. He has worked as a technological innovator within the computer industry for many years. He served as chairman for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and Robotics International, New England Chapters. He taught classes in Manufacturing Technology at Northeastern University, U. Mass Lowell, and local community colleges. An avid outdoors enthusiast, he has been associated with various recreational organizations including AMC, the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association and several local snowmobile clubs.

Roger W. Stephenson, APR
Roger Stephenson has over 15 years of experience providing public relations counsel to heads of government agencies, cabinet secretaries, senior corporate managers and non-profit executives. Before returning to NH he served in the Clinton administrations under Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt. Roger is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and signatory to the PRSA codes of ethical practice

Kirk Stone
Kirk Stone is the Coordinator of the New Hampshire Partnership for High Performance Schools (PHPS), an initiative of The Jordan Institute. His task is to manage the PHPS work in all its aspects: marketing and outreach, technical assistance, policy development, legislative strategy, and professional training. Kirk has worked in and with New Hampshire�s environmental and energy policy communities for many years. He is most interested in finding ways to move the built environment away from reliance on fossil fuels and toward efficient use of energy produced from renewable resources. Since 1976, Kirk has been involved with a number of non-profit organizations, seeking to educate citizens and their legislators about the economic and environmental value of energy and resource efficiency. He spent eight years as the Environmental Affairs Director at the Audubon Society of New Hampshire, six years as an Energy Program Manager at the NH Governor�s Office of Energy and Community Services, and 18 months on a contract with the Henry P. Kendall Foundation to build viable collaborations in each New England state on high performance school facilities.Kirk graduated with a BA in History from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, in 1970, and then moved east to attend graduate school at Princeton Theological Seminary, receiving an MA in Social Ethics in 1974. He is now at home in Bow, NH.