12:00pm Zoom The Function and Impact of Municipal Certification Programs Watch Recording Brad Gentry, Yale School of the Environment Associate Dean for Professional Practice Speaker Information Brad Gentry is the F.K. Weyerhaeuser Professor in the Practice at the Yale School of the Environment and the Yale School of Management, Senior Associate Dean for Professional Practice at the Yale School of the Environment, and a Director of the Yale Center for Business and the Environment. Trained as a biologist and a lawyer, his work focuses on strengthening the links between private investment and improved environmental performance, with a particular focus on increasing investment in natural areas. He has worked on land, water, energy, industrial and other projects in over 40 countries for private (GE, Suez Environnement, Working Lands Investment Partners), public (UNDP, World Bank, Secretariat for the Climate Change Convention, UNEP) and not-for-profit (Land Trust Alliance, The Trust for Public Land, the Northern Forest Center, SustainableCT) organizations. He holds a BA from Swarthmore College and a JD from Harvard Law School. Lynn Stoddard, Sustainable CT; Institute for Sustainable Energy at ECSU Director Speaker Information Lynn is the Founder and Director of Sustainable CT, a program that inspires, supports, and celebrates actions that make our communities great places to live for all. From affordable housing to vibrant public spaces, walkable and safe roads, inclusive municipal decision-making, and support for local businesses, Sustainable CT helps Connecticut towns and cities improve the quality of life for every resident. Created by towns for towns, the program is coordinated and administered by the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University. Lola Schoenrich, Sustainable States Network Network Coordinator Speaker Information Lola Schoenrich coordinates the Sustainable States Network. She serves as the Co-Director of Minnesota GreenStep Cities, which she helped to launch in 2010. She is the Vice President for communities at the Great Plains Institute where she has worked since 2008. Lola has over 35 years of experience in energy policy and community energy initiatives. She has extensive background in bringing diverse groups of people together to craft energy policy and implement projects in networks, coalitions, and working teams.