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Who We Are

The Medford Energy Committee works in conjunction with the Medford Office of Energy and the Environment to support the City’s goals of energy independence and environmental stewardship. The Committee provides additional technical and consulting expertise to the City and organizes energy and environmental related projects, events and programs to benefit the residents of Medford. The Committee is comprised of residents and staff who bring a variety of expertise to the city, particularly in the areas of energy efficiency, clean energy, community outreach and education.

Each member of the committee is appointed by the Mayor. The Committee is staffed and organized by the Energy Efficiency Coordinator or another staff member from the Office of Energy and the Environment.

Our mission is to promote policies and actions that improve energy efficiency, encourage conservation, and increase the use of renewable energy to meet our present needs while considering future generations of the Medford community.

The Energy Committee is made up entirely of Medford residents.

Medford Energy Committee Photo Taken February 4, 2013Medford Energy Committee Members
Bob Paine, Susan Altman, John Rogers, Kathleen McKenna
Jeff Goldsmith, Elisabeth Krautscheid, J.R. Siegel, Brett Sullivan
Jonathan Hunt, Rick Sacco, Curtis Tuden, Fred Laskey
Carey Duques, Mayor Michael J. McGlynn, and Alicia Hunt

Medford Energy Committee Chair & Agent

Fred Laskey is the Chair of the Medford. He is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA), which is responsible for the water supply and wastewater treatment for 2.5 million people in the greater Boston area. Best known for the cleanup of Boston Harbor, MWRA has been more recently recognized for its award winning renewable energy projects, including four wind turbines, over 1.2 megawatts of pv/solar electricity, and 22M kWH of hydropower annually. Fred, his wife Donna and their four children are proud graduates of Medford High School –Go Mustangs!

Alicia Hunt is the Director of Energy & the Environment and the Environmental Agent for the City of Medford and works with the committee.

Medford Energy Committee Members

Susan Altman has extensive communications experience, focusing on climate change, energy efficiency, marine conservation, pollution prevention, sustainability, and social marketing. She has been Outreach Director for the Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) since 2007. She is President of Green Medford, a voluntary grassroots group encouraging environmental action in our community. She also has been a board member of MCAN, the Mystic River Watershed Association, and Harvest Cooperative Supermarkets. She has a master's degree from Tufts University's Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Program.

Jeff Goldsmith is the principal electrical engineer for GE Water & Process Technologies. Among previous jobs, he worked on developing solar cell manufacturing processes at Mobil Solar. He earned an electrical engineering degree from Tufts, and has lived in Medford since then.

Jonathan Hunt is a Senior IT Project Manager at MIT with a background in electrical engineering and a passion for sustainability. He writes the green living blog Green Lifestyle Consulting with his wife Alicia and they are active in greening their church, Grace Episcopal in Medford. He is also a local artist making jewelry out of solar panels. He is very proud of the 4.68 kW Solar PV Awning on his home.

Elisabeth Krautscheid is currently a stay-at-home mom and is planning to return to the workforce in the fall of 2011. She is a green building specialist who focuses on energy efficiency, renewables, and sustainable operations. She formerly worked at the Clean Energy Center running the Green Schools Initiative and the Green Affordable Housing Initiative.

Kathleen McKenna.

Bob Paine is an air pollution meteorologist who deals with clean air issues every day at work. He believes that pursuit of new energy sources and a wiser use of current ones are needed to keep Medford and the USA on the forefront of environmental technology. In that regard, he has a leased solar PV system on his home's roof that will supply about half of his electrical needs for the next 20 years.

John P. Rogers has worked in the electric vehicle industry for the past seventeen years. First with Solectria, developing the electrical system for the world record holding “Solectria Sunrise” EV and eventually working on the development of Solectria’s Grid Tied Solar Inverters. Most recently he worked with Azure Dynamics developing a Ford E250 Electric Van Prototype, and refining the on board charging system for the Ford Transit Connect Electric. John has an extensive background in energy conversion especially with respect to motors, batteries, chargers, and the power grid. A life long resident of Medford, he attended Medford High School and took course work at Medford Vocational High School. He joined the Medford Energy Committee because he recognizes all of the good work Medford has done for energy independence and environmental stewardship and hopes that his technical expertise along with the rest of the committee, will help keep Medford an energy and environmental leader among Massachusetts communities.

George Rick Sacco is a retired employee who formally worked in the Industrial & Turbine Division of GE. Lifelong citizen of Medford and Grandfather of six. By being a member of the Energy Committee will help in someway bring a cleaner and healthier environment to the Citizens of Medford.

Brett Sullivan is senior business advisor for Grant Thornton LLP specializing in IT control assessments and design evaluation. He is driven to help support the city's goals of energy independence and environmental stewardship.

Curtis Tuden is a recent college graduate dedicated to helping his community become more responsible in environmental/energy practices. He currently substitute teaches at Medford High School and is actively involved with student community service programs.

Past members: Carey Duques was the former Director of the Office of Energy and Environment. J. R. Siegel stepped down from the committee when he moved to Seattle, Washington.

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