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Diverse NH Leaders to Voice Support for EPA’s Finalized Clean Power Plan

CONCORD, NH – Following the finalization of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Clean Power Plan on Monday, August 3rd at 2PM in Washington, local leaders will hold a tele-press conference at 3:30 on Monday, August 3, 2015 to voice their support for the EPA’s Clean Power Plan to combat climate change, and call on local, state, and national leaders to do the same. Experts in health and financial field, as well as a faith leader, will be included.

The Clean Power Plan is the largest single action on climate as it sets the first ever nation-wide limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants, and encourages investments in clean energy and energy efficiency.

DATE: August 3, 2015

TIME: 3:30PM



Speakers at Monday’s event will discuss specifically the projected economic, health and leadership benefits of the plan. More speakers are expected.

Katie Robert, MPA, is the president of the board of the New Hampshire Public Health Association. She provides management and technical support to a variety of projects across the public health spectrum. Katie has been working directly and indirectly with NH child care programs to improve physical activity and nutrition policies in their settings. In addition, Katie works on a number of projects related to health communication and outreach plan development for a variety of state and privately-funded collaborative programs. She received her Master’s in Public Administration and her BA in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire.

Julie Fox Gorte, Ph.D. is the Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing at Pax World Management LLC. She oversees Environmental, Social and Governance-related research on prospective and current investments as well as Pax’s shareholder advocacy and work on public policy advocacy.

Dr. Gorte serves on the boards of Ceres, the Sustainable Investments Institute, the Endangered Species Coalition and the American Sustainable Business Council. She serves as the co-chair of the Asset Management Working Group of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiatives and is on the steering committee for UNEP’s workstream on biodiversity.

Prior to joining Pax, Dr. Gorte served as Vice President and Chief Social Investment Strategist at Calvert. Her experience before she joined the investment world in 1999 includes nearly 14 years as Senior Associate and Project Director at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, Vice President for Economic and Environmental Research at The Wilderness Society, Program Manager for Technology Programs in the Environmental Protection Agency’s policy office and Senior Associate at the Northeast-Midwest Institute. Dr. Gorte received her Bachelor of Science in Forest Management at Northern Arizona University and a Master of Science and Ph.D from Michigan State in resource economics.

Steve Blackmer is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church. Steve received his Master’s degree in Religion from Yale Divinity School in 2012 with a focus on Christianity spirituality and the environment; he also holds a Master’s degree in Forestry from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Dartmouth College. Steve is forming a network of people committed to connecting their environmental action with spiritual and religious transformation – a network he calls the “Green Friars” (without limitation as to gender or faith) – and creating a new multi-faith church, The Church of the Woods in Canterbury NH, particularly to serve people who find “God” in nature.


The plan, as part of the Clean Air Act, will reduce carbon from power plants by 30 percent below 2005 levels nationwide by addressing four areas, such as energy efficiency, reducing demand, and promoting renewable energy like wind and solar. States can create their own implementation plan or work with others to adopt a multi-state plan.

It is likely that the flexibility of the Clean Power Plan will allow New Hampshire and the other Northeast states involved in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI, to continue making climate advances.



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