ASGA Call #42: Bee the Change, VT and Solar Grazing Trial, California

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Our presenters for this call were Mike Kiernan, Founder of Bee the Change, Vermont; Russ Young, Head of Operations for Engie, Renewables; and Emma Kampherbeek, Master’s Student The Netherlands Wageningen University & California Polytechnic Institute.

ASGA hosts:  Jonathan Barter and Lexie Hain

About Mike Kiernan & Bee the Change:

Bee the Change was founded by Mike Kiernan and his wife Tawnya in 2015. They create pollinator habitat in solar fields and other spaces. Their fields are in the Northeast US and they are working towards roadside pollinator habitat installations in Haiti and Costa Rica. He is a physician in the Emergency Department at Porter Medical Center in Middlebury, Vermont and an instructor at the Middlebury College School of the Environment in Yunnan, China.

About Russ Young, Head of Operations, Renewables, Engie

As Head of Operations, Russ has overall responsibility for Engie’s operational matters. Russ is a member of the company’s executive management team with key input on the formulation and execution of the company’s strategic initiatives, engineering, supply chain, construction and O&M strategy, investment decisions, commercial contract documentation, governance, IT functions and risk tolerance.

About Emma Kampherbeek & phone +31630069763

Emma is a Masters student Animal Sciences from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Her Master’s Thesis at California Polytechnic State University, working with the sheep on Cal Poly’s solar farm. I researched the effect of solar panels on the grazing behavior of sheep.

She absolutely loved it! Sheep are just amazing animals and after spending time with them, you just get to know the personalities of the sheep. Certain sheep stand out from the crowd and you become quite attached to them. I would like to present the results of this research to you on the evening of June 2nd.

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