WD Board Member and UMaine economist is developing a new resource to help tribal and underserved communities in Maine implement renewable energy

Sharon Klein, WindowDressers Board member and University of Maine researcher is working with Wabanaki and rural low-income communities to co-develop a new resource for helping them implement renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

“The Environmental Protection Agency awarded $1.13 million to Sharon Klein and Caroline Noblet, both associate professors of economics, so they can investigate the effectiveness of Local Energy Action Networks (LEANs) while creating one for Maine. They will have at least four graduate students and two undergraduates working on the project, with possible opportunities to recruit more. LEANs are networks of local government committees that engage in peer-to-peer learning and access to technical, financial and educational assistance relating to renewable energy and energy efficiency technology. Network partners also assist in securing funding and navigating policies at the state and federal levels.”

Check out this great article on the work Sharon Klein and Caroline Noblet are doing to investigate the effectiveness of Local Energy Action Networks (LEANs) while creating one for Maine. Click Here to read the full article.