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2018 REI Annual Holiday Luncheon

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Cranston, RI 02910

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2018 REI Annual Holiday Luncheon - Round Table Update on Renewable Energy & Other Sustainability Projects and Initiatives

Please join us for our 2018 annual holiday luncheon to celebrate innovative renewable energy projects and initiatives currently having an impact in Rhode Island as Round Table participants update us on their accomplishments over the past year and discuss the courses they are charting for 2019 and beyond.

In the spirit of cooperation and collegiality of the holiday season, REI is also inviting representatives from other sustainability sectors in Rhode Island to share news of the important work they are contributing to Rhode Island's prosperity, and to invite us to make connections between renewable energy and these sectors.

Confirmed participants include Kevin O'Neill of Rhode Island Business Climate Leaders; Huiting Zhuang of Blue Thermo; Chris Kearns of RI Office of Energy Resources; and Susan Shim Gorelick of REI, and a representative (TBA) from RI Department of Health for the Rhode to End Hunger initiative with MEANS.


Kevin O'Neill is president of The Conference Exchange which provides cloud-based software and onsite services powering the annual meetings and specialty conferences of scientific societies and other non-profits. Prior to starting that company in Cumberland in 1996, he worked for two decades as a consulting chemical engineer and manufacturing manager. In his spare time, Kevin works with Citizens Climate Lobby and Rhode Island Business Climate Leaders, advocating for sensible policies and bold action to mitigate climate change while improving the economy.


Huiting Zhuang has been the interim CEO & President of Blue Thermo Corporation since 2017. He is in charge of the feasibility study, funding and marketing effort of the company. The company is expected to be fully funded by the middle of 2019 and siting of a factory is expected to be done by the end of 2019. In addition, he is managing an import/export business in textiles, stationery, ceramics, etc. Mr. Zhuang will share an update on the company, including its progress on pilot projects, as well as the status of policies that affect heat pump technology.


Chris Kearns is the Policy and Legislative Liaison for the Office of Energy Resources (OER) and works on a variety of state energy legislation, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, natural gas and energy security and is involved in the development of the state’s renewable energy procurement programs and policies. Prior to working for the OER, Chris was Governor Lincoln Chafee’s Policy and Legislative Analyst for transportation, environmental and energy matters. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island, with a Bachelor Degree in Environmental and Economic Management in 2008.


Susan Shim Gorelick is current president of REI. She is a hard wired chemist with BS, MS and ABD in chemistry, who channeled her passion for environmental sustainability with her recent PhD in environmental and natural resource economics. She joined REI in 2017,and her idea of Green in Plain Language for REI is being launched into a state - wide initiative, CC4ES, Coalition Center for Environmental Sustainability. As an interdisciplinary faculty at Johnson & Wales University, and as a Master Gardener and a regional manager for School Garden Mentors for Providence public schools, she is currently working on several community-based projects to platform CC4ES initiative.


Jacqueline Seddon and Lauren Toracinta are both food inspectors with the Rhode Island Department of Health's Center for Food Protection and highly invested in the well being of our communities here in Rhode Island. Both have been involved with the Rhode to End Hunger Initiative since its inception just under two years ago. This Initiative is an answer to keeping safe food out of the landfills and, instead feeding the 13% of Rhode Islanders going hungry. Jackie and Lauren have been leading the way on how best practices can be used in the field to educate both the food service industry and non-profit soup kitchens about the Rhode to End Hunger Initiative and why participation is so important. They have graciously donated so many countless hours of their time to promoting this Initiative and fostering the growth of the public health scholars who have become involved.


Lunch is included.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Happy Holidays!

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