Dave Conover, Program Coordinator is SHV’s new outreach and communications coordinator. He grew up in the Catskills and began his career as an educator with the Ashokan Center. Dave has an extensive environmental background, including working as Clearwater’s education director for nine years, where he managed and developed Hudson River programs. Dave later served as Clearwater’s interim executive director, overseeing the restoration of the historic sloop. He serves as a part-time faculty member at Marist College teaching environmental science. He has participated in international programs to Russia, the Netherlands, Syria and Greenland. Dave is a graduate of SUNY ESF with a BS in forest biology and Antioch University New England with an MS in environmental studies including a science teaching certification.
Jeffrey Domanski, Dutchess Outreach Liaison has worked for more than 15 years as a multi-disciplined environmental professional. He has extensive experience in program and project management and organizational sustainability leadership for large and globally-recognized organizations. Through his work, he has acquired both broad and deep knowledge of, and direct experience with, climate and energy challenges and how they are perceived and addressed in multiple settings.
His areas of expertise include the use of science-based behavioral, organizational, financial, and technological approaches to design and deploy effective energy efficiency and other sustainability strategies. He has worked in-house and as consultant for public, private, and academic organizations. At Hospitality Green, Jeff manages delivery of services for clients seeking sustainability strategies to address corporate and facility-focused environmental resource and energy reductions, financing approaches, supply chain management, internal and external reporting, stakeholder engagement, market analysis, policy development, and other social responsibility approaches. As Cushman & Wakefield’s Director of Sustainability Strategies, he guided development of the firm’s global sustainability platform while improving the environmental footprint of the firm’s corporate operations, and supported numerous clients in the pursuit of their environmental and sustainability goals. He also liaised with numerous external partners on projects and industry initiatives, including the WBCSD, the US EPA, the US DOE, the USGBC, NRDC, EDF, and real estate organizations.
He served as Associate Manager of Sustainability at Princeton University and has provided technical and policy analysis consulting services to numerous clients, including The World Bank, the University of Pennsylvania, sustainability consulting and design firms, and as senior staff scientist and project manager at AKRF, a New York-based environmental planning and consulting firm serving clients in the private and public sectors. Jeff is a LEED AP, received his BS in Chemistry from SUNY ESF at Syracuse, an M.P.A. from Princeton University. He proudly served in the U.S. Peace Corps from 1994 to 1996.
Ben Eckstein, EnergyCorps Intern is a graduate student pursuing a dual master’s degree program at SUNY Binghamton in Sustainable Communities and Public Administration at Binghamton University. A native of the Berkshires, Ben first found an interest in sustainability early in high school, and pursued an undergraduate degree in Sustainable Energy Management at SUNY ESF. He was previously an Associate Account Manager at CLEAResult, and has interned for the Energy in the 21st Century Symposium. Ben’s interests in sustainability include urban development and walkable cities.
Laurie Husted, Dutchess Outreach Liaison joined the staff of Bard College Buildings & Grounds in 2004 and is currently serving as the College’s Chief Sustainability Officer where she oversees the Office of Sustainability. Before moving to Red Hook in 2001, she worked for an environmental consulting firm, for the Community Outreach office of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection and for a startup educational technology company. Her undergraduate degree in Biology & Society is from Cornell University and she earned her MBA from Carnegie Mellon. Laurie’s current volunteer work in the community includes chairing her Town’s Conservation Advisory Council, leading a Sustainable Communities program for the community group Red Hook Together and serving as the Chapter Leader for the Mid Hudson Citizens’ Climate Lobby. She was a community leader for the Solarize Northern Dutchess campaign where over 80 homes added solar power, and helped Red Hook earn NYS Clean Energy and Climate Smart Community certifications. She is currently working on a NYSERDA grant to evaluate the feasibility of installing micro-hydropower on on the Saw Kill Creek which runs through campus, as well as a Second Nature grant to develop collection programs for refrigerants that contribute to global warming pollution.
Jeremy Koo, Technical Advisor is an Associate at Cadmus, an international energy and environmental consulting firm. Jeremy is a member of the Distributed Energy Resources and Strategic Electrification Team at Cadmus, where he has worked closely with state agencies, local governments, and utilities across the Northeast on expanding the heat pump market through supporting the design and implementation of policies and programs. Since 2014, Jeremy has provided expert technical assistance to over 40 community-based outreach, education, and group purchasing campaigns across the country promoting clean heating and cooling and other clean energy technologies.
Adam Sherman, Technical Advisor, is a senior consultant at VEIC. As a nationally recognized expert in renewable heating and cooling, Adam works with clients to identify and enact measures that achieve building decarbonization goals. With 20 years of experience, he is trusted by clients to evaluate and implement renewable heating programs and projects. Adam believes collaboration is fundamental to navigating complex projects. His technical expertise and ability to convene stakeholders around shared challenges has advanced the deployment of renewable heating technologies on local, regional and national scales. Prior to joining VEIC, Adam was the Program Director of BERC, which VEIC acquired in 2012. During his time at BERC, Adam’s work spanned across technical, economic, project development, policy and regulatory categories. Adam received International Biomass Heat training in Austria and is a board member of the Biomass Thermal Energy Council and the Alliance for Green Heat. He’s also on the editorial board of Biomass Magazine. Outside of work you can find Adam in the mountains.