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Workshops are intended for municipal planning boards, zoning boards of appeal, conservation advisory councils, conservation boards, and other related groups that regularly review land development proposals and advise municipalities on land management or regulatory decisions.

All programs are free for ELLA member municipalities.

Climate Action Boot Camp

Saturday May 15 & 22 @ 10am-12pm

About this Event

In this two-part in-depth ‘boot camp’, energy expert Lindsay Audin of Croton will explore how to prioritize and evaluate meaningful climate action projects for the greatest impact.

Space is limited. Participants will be asked to complete a short assignment ahead of the start date and must commit to both dates.

Meet Your Instructor

Lindsay Audin is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED-AP), a member of the AEE Energy Managers Hall of Fame, and has written or co-authored several books on energy issues. His first exposure to the climate issue came in 1976 when he interviewed James Hansen (retired from NASA and now active in the Climate Lobby) on a weekly radio show (called the “Alternate Energy Committee”) he hosted for 3 years on WBAI.

He has worked as an energy engineer and consultant for over 40 years, 8 of which were as the energy manager for Columbia University. For the last 23 years, he has run his own consulting firm (Energywiz, Inc.), serving large firms that each consume at least $1 million a year in energy. His firm has performed energy studies and upgrades, benchmarking, GHG inventories, renewable power procurement, utility rate optimization, and developed software tools for energy use analysis. He has also served as an expert witness on issues related to energy procurement.

During the last 30 years, over 200 of his articles and presentations have been published. Both in person and via live webinars, he has taught over 150 classes on energy cost-cutting and analysis to facility and energy professionals. One of the services his firm performs involves reviews of studies, claims, press releases, etc. on energy and climate-related issues. He routinely checks others’ numbers and assumptions for flaws and fakery, which are unfortunately common.

For the last 5 years, he has chaired Croton’s sustainability committee, developing local projects for cutting carbon. His recent work has included: securing grants for lighting upgrades, EV chargers, and food scrap recycling; developing community solar projects; bringing CCA to Croton; converting home heating systems to cleaner fuels; and analyzing various vendor offerings, including proposals for solar canopies and a microgrid.

Under his direction, Croton’s committee has performed the most tasks of any community participating in NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Community (CEC) program. In New York State’s Climate Smart Community (CSC) program, it secured silver (the highest) level of CSC certification.

You may not like everything Audin has to say, but be assured it is always based on in-depth knowledge and analysis, with no ideological bias.