All In Energy Cambridge Senior Program Manager Natalie Reeder reflects on being selected as an Aspen Institute Future Climate Leader and All In Energy's support for her professional development
It's not often that I have the opportunity to hear from such diverse individuals as Tommy Caldwell, a professional climber, Bill Nye, and Kamala Harris. That's what was so great about getting to attend the Aspen Institute’s Climate Conference. I was selected by Aspen Institute as a future leader, an honor I shared with 250 fellow 18-30 year olds working on climate change.
The diversity of thinkers there was impressive. From someone who worked at Heineken thinking about the sustainability of brewing beer to TikTok and LinkedIn influencers to people working for powerful corporations, I was able to broaden my perspective on the different ways people think about and work on the issue of climate change.
My job can look totally different from someone else’s and still be united by the common thread of addressing climate change. I was reminded of this fact with every person I met at the conference. The breadth of professions represented at the conference didn’t reduce my feeling of unity; I knew we were all working to address climate change and its impacts. I didn't agree with all of the perspectives represented at the conference, and this was my first time outside my liberal bubble in Boston hearing from people that had very different opinions on what priorities are for climate change.he diversity of thinkers there was impressive. From someone who worked at Heineken thinking about the sustainability of brewing beer to TikTok and LinkedIn influencers to people working for powerful corporations, I was able to broaden my perspective on the different ways people think about and work on the issue of climate change.
For instance, speakers such as Richard Powell (CEO of ClearPath) at a plenary session (plenaries convene larger groups of people at a conference) underscored the importance of capitalism to solve the problems of climate change, without mentioning the equity problems that are built into the structures of capitalism. While I disagreed with some peoples' points, I valued the opportunity to speak with people who had opinions that differed from my own. It forced me to consider their perspectives. Learning to deal with conflict and disagreements is an important skill to develop to try and reach as many people as possible, as we all must be in it together to address climate change. While I disagreed about some of the approaches people at the conference had in their work, being exposed to them reaffirmed how important it is to me to include equity considerations in all climate policy implementation. Many presentations and discussions lacked that lens, and it is lapse I hope to continue having the space to point out and bring up.
I had the chance to speak with multiple government officials including Mayor Jon Mitchell of New Bedford and Esther Sosa, Special Advisor for Policy, IRA Implementation, at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). about how they are trying to implement legislation including the MA Environmental Justice Policy and the Justice40 Initiative that requires more projects at the federal and state level to include justice considerations to be eligible for funding. I was grateful for the chance to speak to these changemakers, as well as others like Charles Hua from Rewiring America and McKenna Dunbar from Building Electrification at the Sierra Club about the work I do at All In Energy to amplify the impact of the outreach we do every day to people who have historically been left behind.
With the support of All In Energy’s Professional Development funds, I was able to spend a week learning from others about topics relevant to our work and broader mission, and also teach others about the implementation barriers we see and work with every day. Many people at the conference seemed more experienced than me with more impressive titles. By the end of the week, I gained so much confidence by going outside my comfort zone to talk to these people. I quickly learned that no matter their title or years of work experience, in their own way, everyone had the united goal of learning and growing, all to figure out how to better address climate change.
At the beginning of this year, I was able to join a professional organization, New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE) with the support of All In Energy. In the year that has passed since graduating with my Master’s. I have joined a professional organization, attended networking events alongside my coworkers, and been selected to attend a conference as a future climate leader. My coworkers and peers have pushed me to achieve, and supported me along the way. Because of them, I have achieved much more in a year than I could dream of when I was beginning college. I can’t wait to continue supporting the All In Energy team, and seeing all we can accomplish together in the future. I’m sure it will be more than we could ever imagine.
We really appreciated the time that we had with these amazing Fellows from the Fall Semester! Please read more below to see the invaluable roles that they played in our organization
We would once again like to offer our gratitude to this past semester’s fellows, and look forward to seeing the changes that they bring about in their own lives.
Energy vampires (aka phantom loads) are appliances that are continually sucking electricity even when they are turned off. Appliances may appear off but if they are plugged in, the standby mode is still thirsty for energy.
According to the Department of Energy, Energy Vampires drain 4-5% of the energy in an average home, which adds up to approximately $92 per year in the average household and $4 billion a year in the US combined. This energy wasted equals roughly 52 billion kWH per year, which is equivalent to 26 average sized power plants, and is the source of 1% of the US CO2 emissions each year (1996-2013 Salt River Project (SRP) and 2008 Good Magazine LLC).
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How to Identify Energy Vampires
Even when you are not using appliances or electronics, energy vampires can still consume power just by being plugged into the wall. Look around your home for any plug electronics that are not being use. Chances are that most of them are draining energy without your knowledge. Find below a list of clues to recognize energy vampires at home:
Francesca has been a member of the All in Energy team since March as the City of Cambridge Program Manager. In 2018, she suffered a devastating nerve injury in her leg. After this long and arduous journey, she is able to challenge herself to a 1/2 marathon! Clean energy is important to her because the climate crisis will hit the most vulnerable first- and All in Energy simultaneously works to make homes more efficient AND make communities more comfortable and climate resilient. "I want to make all the people in my life proud of me -- of my recovery and of the organization I work for."
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Carrie has been friends with Rouwenna Altemose, co-founder, since 2009. Throughout their friendship, she been inspired by Rouwenna's passion and knowledge about addressing the urgent issues of climate change has definitely helped her to be a more responsible global citizen! Carrie is inspired by the work of All in Energy toward including more people and communities in clean energy solutions. Clean energy is important to her because greater accessibility to clean energy can move us one step closer to a safer world. Running has been an exciting new challenge for her during the past few years. She is grateful for this opportunity to train for the Cambridge Half Marathon and support the work important of All in Energy!
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Grace is All In Energy's Field Outreach Manager and Customer Action Coordinator! Having asthma her entire life, she never knew she could learn to love running. Clean energy is important to Grace because when we are energy efficient, nobody loses. Residents save energy and money, companies receive tax credits, the state reaches their goal, and climate change is mitigated. Grace is motivated to participate because at first, she thought to herself, "maybe I can't do this." But then she realized she'd rather complete the race dead last than not run it at all. She learned through preparing for the half-marathon that she has become more tenacious in her goals she wants to accomplish.
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Lilia Gardner, Finance, Human Resources, & Administration Fellow
Lilia is a junior at the University of New Hampshire studying International Business and Management with a minor in Spanish. She will be the Finance, Administration, and Human Resources intern for All In Energy through the College for Social Innovation partnership program.
Lilia is from Durham, New Hampshire, and loves to travel. Her favorite place she has been is Perth, Australia, where she spent six months in 2018. During this internship, she hopes to improve her finance and accounting skills, as well as developing her knowledge of the renewable energy industry to combine skills she learned in school with her passion for climate solutions.
Cat Bates, Marketing & Communications Fellow
Cat is currently a senior at the University of Vermont studying Environmental Studies and International Development. She is from Darien, CT. In this role, she assists with the management of All In Energy's social media, blog, and website. Also, she will help to gather and share stories of past All In Energy users.
Cat enjoys traveling and plans on studying abroad in London next semester. In her free time, she loves to play guitar, read, and cook.
Through this internship, she hopes to gain professional experience in the renewable energy sector. She plans on having a future career in conservation and environmental health management.
Genesis Hernandez, Bilingual Communications & Marketing Fellow
Genesis is a visual art student at Bunker Hill Community College. She immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic in 2011 to get a better education. She arrived without knowing the language or culture, but that was not a barrier for her and her dreams.
Genesis last semester at Bunker Hill Community College will be in Spring 2022. Genesis likes to travel and also get pictures of where she goes. During this internship, she wants to learn about marketing as well as how to help the community.
Diego Mansilla, Database Development Fellow
Diego Mansilla was born and raised in Guatemala. He is a junior at Boston University pursuing a BSBA in Information Systems and minoring in Sustainable Energy.
Diego strongly believes that the future of our planet relies on the consequences of our actions to address environmental, economic, and social challenges. He seeks to remedy the mismanagement and inefficiency of Latin America’s agricultural sector by discerning and inciting conversation on how countries can adopt the sustainable model to efficiently employ their natural resources without abusing their renewability.
In his free time, Diego plays volleyball, bikes, and trains for triathlons. Additionally, he volunteers as a WOOFER where he has lived with a Native American community in Colorado as well as learned about sustainable farming practices. He dreams of working in the coffee industry due to how coffee relates to his passion as well as his identity.
Aliyah Villa, Neighborhood Outreach Fellow
Aliyah was born in Lawrence, MA, but her family immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic. She is currently a Freshman at her local college, Northern Essex Community College. Aliyah is majoring in nursing and hopes to one day become a traveling nurse to be able to follow her career dreams while also traveling around the world. A fun fact about her is that she enjoys reading and tends to reread her childhood favorites.
Aliyah will be a part of the neighborhood outreach team and will be working directly with residents to help them receive benefits from the Mass Save Program. She is excited to be able to be a part of a team that can serve residents directly.
Julio Cordero, Communications and Marketing Fellow
After receiving his Associate Degree in Business from Bunker Hill Community College in the Spring of 2021, Julio relocated to Miami to pursue his bachelor’s degree in Marketing at Florida International University. All In Energy was his first experience working in the clean energy field, which he enjoyed and learned a lot from it.
Julio’s role at All In Energy was as a Marketing Intern. He was working on projects related to the promotion, awareness, and engagement of the organization with the public. Among Julio’s tasks, the highlights included the creation of informative graphics for social media, which helped him develop a great skill on graphics design. He also learned how to use specific softwares to update the company’s website. Lastly, he was in charge of managing social media accounts such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to make weekly posts and create engagement with All In Energy’s followers.
Julio is thrilled and grateful for his great experiences at All In Energy. He fulfilled his learning goals as a member of the team. Besides learning about marketing tools, marketing activities and work ethics, Julio also learned about how the clean energy industry works and how helpful it is for people and for the environment.
Thanks to his great experiences, connections, and projects from All In Energy, he hopes he will be considered for other work opportunities in Florida, Massachusetts, within the USA or even internationally. He hopes to keep learning and improving more every day.
Eric Ayvazian, Finance, Human Resources, & Administration Fellow
Eric was a sophomore at the University of New Hampshire majoring in business analytics during his time at All In Energy. This was his first real internship experience, as well as his first look into the clean energy industry. In his role as a finance, human resources, and administration intern, he primarily assisted management with tasks related to the financial operations of the organization. Some of his primary tasks included running payroll, invoicing, and assisting in the development of financial, accounting policies, and procedures handbooks.
Eric is grateful for the opportunities that have opened up for him since interning with All In Energy, as he learned valuable lessons about financial and accounting procedures. He focused on translating his newfound skills into his everyday life, something he thinks he has succeeded with. Eric would like to attend graduate school once he finishes his undergraduate degree. He hopes to stay in the clean energy industry once he graduates, as he enjoys working in an industry that makes meaningful, significant change within so many communities.
Alec MacKay, Neighborhood Outreach Fellow
Alec Mackay is a student at Merrimack College. All In Energy was his first time working in the clean energy industry. He was a part of the outreach team with Luis Navarro, Angelica Rodriguez, and Grace Umaña. The main goal was to help families and communities receive the benefits of the Mass Save program through different events and canvasing to help connect them. To Alex, this was a great experience because he learned so much about the clean energy industry and also practiced his direct marketing skills. The most important part to him was that he was helping underserved families get the benefits they deserve. He would like to keep working for a clean energy industry.
Overall, Alex had a great time working for All In Energy this summer and he’s very grateful for the opportunity to work for their team.
Pranit Chand, Data Analyst Fellow
Pranit is a student at Emerson College and has a Self-Designed Interdisciplinary major in Data Science and Economics. This was his first internship as well as first time working in the clean energy field.
Pranit was a Data Analysis intern at All in Energy. He worked under the direct supervision of Jimmy Hikmatullah, the Operations and Data Coordinator. He worked on managing the salesforce database and created marketing tactics in different languages. He was also responsible for making choropleth maps for various cities which were used to show the impact of All In Energy’s work done there. He negotiated and contacted the vendors to get a new canvassing software implemented for All in Energy. After that, he worked on creating the Salesforce database for one of the contractors.
Pranit learned a lot during his time here at All in Energy. He was able to apply things he learned in the classroom and use it in a practical way which would be beneficial for the entire community. He was also able to learn more about Salesforce and use various tools built into it such as reports.
Right now, Pranit is focused on getting his academics done. Next summer, he will be looking at internships in the clean energy sector.
Angelica Rodriguez, Neighborhood Outreach Fellow
Angelica attends Boston University studying a double major in Sociology and Economics and a minor in International Relations. This was her first time working in the clean energy field.
Her role at All In Energy was being a Neighborhood Outreach Representative where she served the Chelsea community and helped connect residents to the MassSave Program. Her main project was scheduling home energy assessments for residents in the Chelsea area and constantly discovering new ways of approaching more people.
She discovered a new terrain regarding renewable energy and ways to help find solutions for people who want to have a collective greener future. Not only has she expanded her knowledge regarding clean energy, but she felt she has been completely pushed out of her comfort zone and discovered her persuasion skills to a whole other level. Her skills have improved significantly and through this type of role and she exceeded her own expectations. This internship has given her a jumpstart for her career because of the professional skills she learned.
Angelica is staying for the Fall semester because she feels that the tight knit community All In Energy offers is warm and homey. She roots for the nonprofit and everyone working for it to keep growing and to keep incentivizing people to act to a greener future. She hopes to come back again for the Summer as well to keep growing her role and figuring out more ways to grow as a professional.
Luis Navarro, Neighborhood Outreach Fellow
Luis Navarro is a student at Suffolk University and majors in Political Science, Philosophy, and Economics. He had his first internship experience at All In Energy and now he is working as a full time staff.
His position at All In Energy was the Neighborhood Outreach Team Lead for the division in the Merrimack Valley. He was in charge of preparing training materials as well as training canvassers and events staff. He also worked at community events and canvassed in Lawrence, Methuen, Haverhill, Chelsea, and Dorchester.
Luis learned the importance of interacting directly with the community to break down barriers and bring direct support to the residents that need support the most. Luis believes this experience builds character and determination and this has given him the drive to succeed and to connect with the communities. He hopes to continue working with All In Energy to bring the services to communities first hand. Eventually, he hopes to pursue running for local or state office.
Julio Cordero, Communications and Marketing Fellow
Julio Cordero is originally from Venezuela. He graduated with High Honors and as a member of the Alpha Kappa Mu Honors Society from Bunker Hill Community College in 2021, receiving an Associate Degree in Arts, focused in Business. He speaks both English and Spanish.
He is currently working as an intern in the Marketing department at All In Energy, working on the creation of social media content, flyers, social graphics, updating the organization’s website and helping other members of the team translate content from English to Spanish and vice versa.
Other outstanding experiences of Julio are his great customer service skills, which he learned from his job at TJMAXX; his participation in the HOPE initiative at Bunker Hill Community College using his presence as an activist to provide help to Black and Latino male college folks. Ultimately, Julio as a hobby, has been producing music as an independent artist since the beginning of 2021, releasing 3 songs, which are available on all music platforms.
Pranit Chand, Data Analyst Fellow
Pranit is an international student from Nepal, the land of Mount Everest and Lord Buddha. After being in the US for about two years now, Pranit hopes to work in the Data Science sector and also has entrepreneurial spirits.
He previously attended Marlboro College and presently goes to Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. He is currently majoring in Data Science and Economics with a minor in Entrepreneurial Studies. This summer, Pranit is focused on developing All In Energy's database system and learning to better structure the data flow, including the use of various programs in order to accomplish that. He enjoys working for the community and has been involved with various organizations related to it in the past.
Considering himself a staunch advocate for student rights, Pranit is the Vice President of Student Government at Emerson College. He also enjoys traveling, biking, and hiking in the woods. In his free time, he enjoys making video games as a hobby. A big follower of Steve Jobs, his goal in life is to literally "put a dent in the universe."
Luis Navarro, Neighborhood Outreach Fellow
Alec Mackay, Neighborhood Outreach Fellow
Alec is a senior at Merrimack College. He will be graduating in May of 2022 with a B.A. in Economics and a Minor in Finance. He is from Bogota Colombia and came to the U.S in August of 2018 in order to study and play tennis. He is a member and captain of the Merrimack Men’s Tennis team. He will be working this summer as a Neighborhood Outreach Representative helping to connect residents in different cities of Massachusetts with statewide programs that are going to help them to reduce their energy consumption and save money.
He is very excited to work for a non-profit organization such as All In Energy that is going to show him a wider view of how non-profit organizations work and how the clean energy industry is progressing in the U.S, especially in Massachusetts. He is also very happy that his work is going to help the people that need it the most.
Angelica Rodriguez, Neighborhood Outreach Fellow
Angelica was born and raised in Honduras. She is a junior from Boston University doing a double major of Sociology and Economics and a minor in International Relations.
She will be working as a neighborhood outreach representative at All In Energy this summer having real in person interactions, while staying COVID-19 safe and bringing awareness about the benefits of the program to others.
She’s excited about growing her communication skills and meeting new people. She is grateful for this internship because it gives an opportunity to grow her passion of creating a positive impact for the environment (the main reason she is vegetarian). She loves what All In Energy's mission and values are and is excited to be part of such an amazing tight knit family that helps the communities who are unaware of the energy programs offered in the state. She hopes to learn and spread awareness regarding energy programs from which people can take full advantage of.
A fun fact about Angelica is that she loves to spend her time baking and trying plant-based recipes since she is passionate about the environment. She loves to help others and is interested in pursuing a career in the legal field, where she can advocate for environmental and human rights. She is weirdly obsessed with peanut M&Ms (she has a complete collection of random M&M merch).
Other work experiences she has had is working as an intern in the Supreme Court of Justice in Honduras.
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All In Energy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission to advance an inclusive clean energy economy. We bring energy efficiency and renewable energy to underserved communities, while increasing job opportunities for diverse talent in the clean energy industry.