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Sue Inches

Author, "Advocating the Environment, How to Gather Your Power and Take Action”

Don’t Leave Rural America behind; Policy Changes needed for an Equitable Clean Energy Future

A graduate of College of the Atlantic and the University of New Hampshire, Sue has worked in public policy for over 25 years. As Deputy Director of the State Planning Office, she conducted research, designed and led public engagement processes, and lobbied on behalf of the Governor. Her key achievements include: establishing Maine’s Uniform Building and Energy Code, establishing Current Use Taxation for the Working Waterfront, and writing legislation to establish Efficiency Maine, a state agency. Prior to this Sue worked with the fishing, aquaculture, and seafood processing industries as a Director at the Department of Marine Resources. Sue also Chaired the Board of Coastal Enterprises, a Community Finance Development Corp providing funding to low-income areas in Maine and nationally. The annual budget was $10MM, and assets under management $800MM. She also served on the Maine Technology Institute Board for seven years. This agency provided over $100 million in funds to start-up companies during her tenure. Sue now works as an author, consultant, teacher and advocate with a focus on the environment and climate change. She developed and teaches a course called Advocating for the Environment at several colleges, and offers public workshops on the same topic. She also provides strategic planning, advising and communications services to clients. Sue holds a BA in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic and an MBA from the University of New Hampshire.

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