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Climate Ride Maine Keynote Speakers 2021


University of Maine, Marine Extension Team

As a member of the Marine Extension Team, Jaclyn focuses on the development of the seaweed sector in Maine, with an emphasis on sustainable production, post-harvest processing, and product development. Her work provides support for coastal communities through outreach education, technology transfer programs, and by coordinating stakeholders around Maine’s seaweed resources. Jaclyn’s background in technical seaweed aquaculture research helps to link ongoing applied research with industry capacity and opportunities, to foster robust and sustainable working waterfronts along Maine’s coast.    


Senior Climate Advisor, State of Maine Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future

Prior to joining the office, Jessica was the Assistant Secretary for the Environment for the State of New York, where she developed policy and programs to advance Governor Andrew Cuomo’s climate goals, with a focus on clean transportation, natural and working lands, and on the inclusion of equity and justice across all policies. Jessica has more than a decade of climate and environmental policy expertise, working with academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and local, state, and federal governments. Jessica has a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from the Yale School of the Environment.  


Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Burlington, Vermont

Jennifer Green staffs Burlington’s Sustainability Program, including work on the Legacy Action Plan, the Climate Action Plan, and other related initiatives.  Jennifer has over 30 years of community development experience, including work on gender equity, national planning, and environmental management with the Peace Corps, CARE International, Chemonics, and the World Resources Institute. Shortly after moving to Burlington in 1999, she consulted with the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation and later Efficiency Vermont. In addition to working for the City, Jennifer teaches sustainable development courses at the University of Vermont. She has a master’s in public administration from Columbia University and earned her Ph.D. in sociology from American University in 2005.

Jennifer’s work involves transitioning Burlington, VT to net zero energy (NZE) in the thermal and transportation sectors and in this capacity, supports, designs, and implements projects to move the City off of fossil fuels.  Questions?  Jennifer can be reached at [email protected].


On Night 3, we’ll have a panel discussion with five cyclists on the ride, all women, who are the rising generation of scientists, sustainable business leaders, teachers, and advocates.