Pollinators including honey bees, native bees, birds, and butterflies, are an irreplaceable public resource.
To mark National Pollinator Week, Fresh Energy convened leaders and experts for presentations and the beginning of an ongoing conversation on the topic of how large-scale solar arrays can be built in ways that are beneficial to these important animals.
Below are the online archives of two webinars:
- Fresh Energy with Monarch Joint Venture
- Fresh Energy with Perdue Farms and the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics
National Geographic helped close out the week with a feature story highlighting two beekeepers that are producing the “Tesla of Honey.”
Fresh Energy with Monarch Joint Venture
Dr. Karen Oberhauser of Monarch Joint Venture is one of the world’s foremost experts on monarch butterflies which she has been studying since 1984. Monarch Joint Venture is a partnership of federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academic programs that are working together to support and coordinate efforts to protect the monarch migration across the lower 48 United States. Karen is also a professor in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota.
Rob Davis is a director at Fresh Energy where he builds partnerships to realize the numerous benefits from America’s accelerating transition to clean energy. Rob’s work on pollinator-friendly solar has been recognized the the U.S. Department of Energy and featured in training by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Conservation Training Center.
Fresh Energy with Perdue Farms and the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics
Steve Levitsky is vice president of sustainability for Perdue Farms, where he is responsible for advancing Perdue’s progress in achieving sustainable growth, fostering working relationships with a broad-spectrum of stakeholders at the federal, state and local level, and serving as the company’s spokesperson on sustainability and environmental matters. Steve joined Perdue from American Sugar Refining Inc., where he served as director of corporate sustainability and helped create and implement a global sustainability program. He reports to CEO Randy Day. Steve has been on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals since 2012, and served on the Maryland State Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities by appointment of the governor.
Dr. Taylor Ricketts is the director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont. The Gund Institute at University of Vermont integrates natural and social sciences to understand the interactions between people and nature and to help build a sustainable future. Before arriving at University of Vermont in 2011, Taylor led World Wildlife Fund’s Conservation Science Program for nine years and continues to serves as a senior fellow at World Wildlife Fund. These and other collaborations are part of Taylor’s continuing effort to link rigorous research with practical conservation and policy efforts worldwide—work focused on the economic benefits provided to people by forests, wetlands, reefs, and other natural areas.