Project Leadership Team

Aimee Delach, Defenders of Wildlife
Karen Leu, The Nature Conservancy
Stephen Lloyd, The Nature Conservancy
Catherine Morris, Consensus Building Institute
Jessica Price, The Nature Conservancy
Chelsea Schelly, Michigan Technological University
August Schultz, formerly The Nature Conservancy
Rupak Thapaliya, Defenders of Wildlife

Steering Committee

Steering Committee members guide the process. In addition to the leadership team it includes representatives from the solar industry, utility,  and municipalities.

Robert Boerner, PSEG Long Island
Michael J. Deering, Long Island Power Authority
Jossi Fritz-Mauer, PSEG Long Island
Timothy Lederer, Long Island Power Authority
Tara McDermott, EmPower Solar & Long Island
Solar & Storage Alliance
Sarah Oral, Cameron Engineering & Clean Energy
Communities program lead for Long Island
David G. Schieren, EmPower Solar & New York
Solar Energy Industries Association
Tara Schneider-Moran, Town of Hempstead

Consortium Members

The Stakeholder Consortium represents a broad cross-section of local interests who want to have an input on solar development in Long Island.

Rachel Brinn, Town of North Hempstead
Lisa Broughton, Suffolk County
Robert Carpenter, Long Island Farm Bureau
Sammy Chu, Edgewise Energy & U.S. Green Building
Council, Long Island Chapter
Melanie A. Cirillo, Peconic Land Trust, Inc.
Jean-Pierre Clejan, GreenLogic Energy LLC
Gina Coletti, Suffolk County Alliance of Chambers
Benjamin Cuozzo, New York Power Authority
Steven Englemann, Dynamic Energy
Jessica Enzmann, Sierra Club
Meagan Fastuca, Town of North Hempstead
William Feldmann, Clean Energy of New York Inc.
Bridget Fleming, Suffolk County Legislator
Peter Gollon, Long Island Power Authority Board of Trustees
Meme Hanley, Land Trust Alliance
Marj Issapour, Farmingdale State College
Terese Kinsley, Town of Huntington
Jeffrey Laino, New York Power Authority
Samantha Levy, American Farmland Trust
Neal Lewis, Sustainability Institute at Molloy College
Ryan Madden, Long Island Progressive Coalition
Andrew Manitt, Sustainability Institute at Molloy College
Ryan McTiernan, City of Long Beach
Nicholas Palumbo, Suffolk County Community College
George Povall, All Our Energy
Gordian Raacke, Renewable Energy Long Island
Kyle Rabin, Long Island Regional Planning Council
August Ruckdeschel, Suffolk County
Kimberly Shaw, Town of East Hampton
Lauren Steinberg, Town of East Hampton

Advisors and Contributors

Ross Baldwin, Town of Southampton
Kelsey Blongewicz, formerly Defenders of Wildlife
Michael Evans, Defenders of Wildlife
David Genaway, Town of Huntington
Latika Gupta & graduate students, Spring 2019 Energy Economics course, Michigan Technological University
Kevin McDonald, The Nature Conservancy
Herb Strobel, Hallockville Museum Farm
Matias Tong, formerly The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy LogoThe Nature Conservancy’s mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. We are dedicated to helping protect New York State’s biodiversity while still advancing statewide energy development and policy goals. We developed a mapping system called the Biodiversity and Wind Siting Mapping Tool to help guide wind development away from important ecological resources, such as sensitive habitats, large forest blocks, and migration routes. We partnered with the Alliance for Clean Energy New York to convene the Renewables on the Ground Roundtable to identify barriers to renewable energy development in New York and develop strategies to reduce those hurdles.

Defenders of Wildlife’s is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. We are helping guide our nation’s transition to clean energy in a way that protects wildlife and habitats by ensuring renewable energy projects are built “smart from the start.” Recognizing that it takes more than megawatts to be good stewards of our planet, our experts work with federal, state and local agencies as well as other non-governmental organizations and project developers to shape policies and develop strategies for renewable energy development that avoids and minimizes impacts to wildlife

Michigan Tech

Consensus Building Institute


logoFunding for this project generously provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties.