Community Energy Director
Programs

Suzanne has led the Institute’s award-winning initiatives on community-based energy efficiency, locally-owned renewable energy, offshore wind, and energy education since she developed the program in 2009.

Recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy for her leadership in engaging communities, Suzanne has a passion for supporting islanders who are rethinking the ways in which their communities generate and use energy and a keen interest in sharing their stories to help the rest of the nation build a more sustainable energy future. She has been quoted in the New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Boston Globe, Portland Press Herald, Bangor Daily News and in books including “Power from the People: How to Organize, Finance, and Launch Local Energy Projects.” In 2015, she delivered a TEDx Talk entitled “What Islands Can Teach Maine About Energy.”

Prior to working at the Island Institute, Suzanne worked at EARTHWORKS, an environmental advocacy and community support organization based in Washington, DC. She holds an M.A. in urban and environmental policy and planning from Tufts University and a B.A. in political science and international development from McGill University.  

Mobile: (207) 701-1401

Work: (207) 594-9209 ext. 144

Email: smacdonald@islandinstitute.org