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New Transportation Efficiency Director takes the wheel

Dec 01, 2015

As VEIC continues to drive toward achieving its mission of reducing the economic and environmental costs of energy use, the organization announced today that Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur will take the wheel as the organization’s Director of Transportation Efficiency.

“Jennifer’s work in livable communities, large stakeholder-based programs and her commitment to environmental sustainability and social justice make her the ideal person to lead our transportation work,” said Karen Glitman, VEIC Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs. “It is an exciting time in the transportation sector as we innovate and advocate for policies and programs that promote clean transportation alternatives -- including electric vehicles -- that deliver significant environmental and economic benefits to people at all income levels.”

Jennifer will focus in advancing VEIC’s work in transportation efficiency in several key areas:

  • Continuing VEIC’s leading electric vehicle work through Drive Electric Vermont.
  • Increasing electrification in the transit and school bus sectors, including the use of electrified vehicles in grid interactive settings.
  • Deploying financing options to enable fleets, including transit and school bus fleets, to leverage the energy savings from converting from fossil fuels to electricity.
  • Ensuring that low-income and disadvantaged communities have the opportunity to participate in the clean energy transformation including electric car sharing, used electric vehicles and clean transit buses.
  • Continuing VEIC’s work to support and enable walkable, bikeable and transit-oriented design to reduce transportation energy use and costs.

“There’s a lot of opportunity to be creative and make a contribution,” said Jennifer. “Transportation is such a key part of our culture and economy, and also a major contributor to carbon emissions. Finding solutions to lower the environmental and economic impact in this sector is a social imperative.”

Jennifer comes to VEIC with 25 years of professional experience and a successful track record of promoting social change. Most recently she served as Interim Manager, Livable Communities Team at AARP. She also created and led Vermont Transporting the Public Coalition, a group of diverse stakeholders seeking to improve mobility options for Vermonters.

The Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) is a mission-driven nonprofit organization founded in 1986 to reduce the economic and environmental costs of energy production and use through cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. For more information: www.veic.org.

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