Islands on the Front Line: Transition Lessons and Opportunities from Remote and Rural Communities

October 14, 2021 – 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
Westin Portland Harborview
Portland, ME
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Rural, remote, and island communities are on the frontlines of climate change. Innovative partnerships, community-driven planning, and informed clean energy investments have now become more crucial than ever in their efforts to navigate the transition and support energy and economic resilience for local populations.

In this session during the 2021 NASEO Annual Meeting, panelists will share experiences, expertise, and planning strategies that communities across the United States can learn from, drawing from emerging place-based approaches, such as the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Transitions Initiative Partnership Project and related initiatives in comprehensive, community-level planning and technical assistance.



  • Mark Glick, Specialist, Energy Policy and Innovation, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute
  • Suzanne MacDonald, Chief Community Development Officer, Island Institute
  • John Ferland, President, ORPC, Inc.