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Virginia and UVA Transitions in Renewable Energy

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Speakers: Andrea Ruedy Trimble, William Shobe, Aaron Berryhill

Virtual Event with Live Captioning

Virginia is emerging as a leader in state, local, and university-level policies and strategies in response to legislation and goals for additional renewable energy development and reduced carbon emissions. This panel of experts will discuss University of Virginia’s decarbonization initiatives, including policies, infrastructure, research, and educational opportunities. These leaders will also discuss efforts at the state level to support additional renewable energy development.

Speaker Biographies

Andrea Ruedy TrimbleAndrea Ruedy Trimble, Director, Office for Sustainability, University of Virginia

Andrea Ruedy Trimble is the Sustainability Director at the University of Virginia and has been a leader in higher education sustainability for over sixteen years. Trimble leads a team of UVA Office for Sustainability staff focused on pan-university strategic planning, engagement, communication, analysis, sustainable building, and a myriad of programs across sustainability impact areas aligned with UVA’s sustainability goals. She currently co-teaches two courses at UVA – Sustainability Leadership and Write Climate. Prior to joining UVA in November 2014, Trimble managed Harvard University’s sustainable building program in Harvard’s Office for Sustainability, taught university courses in design and sustainability, and worked in architecture, historic preservation, and sustainability consulting.

Andrea Trimble holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech, a Master of Liberal Arts in sustainability and environmental management from the Harvard Extension School, and a Master of Science in historic preservation from Columbia University. She is also an artist – a juried member of McGuffey Art Center, is on the Board of Second Street Gallery, and is co-founder of Draw Charlottesville.

William ShobeWilliam Shobe, Director, Center for Economic & Policy Studies, Professor of Public Policy & University Sustainability Fellow, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, University of Virginia 

William Shobe, an economist, is a Professor of Public Policy at the University of Virginia and directs economic and policy studies at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. His current research includes emission market and auction design, environmental federalism, greenhouse gas mitigation, electricity demand forecasting and deep decarbonization strategies. In 2007, he worked on the team that designed the carbon allowance auctions for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and has worked on design and evaluation of the RGGI program, the EU emission trading system and the California cap and trade program for greenhouse gases. In 2000, Shobe received a Fulbright Fellowship in environmental economics and policy. Before joining UVA in 2004, Shobe was an associate director at the Virginia Department of Planning & Budget, where he coordinated state expenditure forecasts and the economic analysis of state regulations. While at the DPB, Shobe managed the design and implementation of the innovative Virginia NOx allowance auction. He also developed the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall website, the first in the nation web site for managing and publicizing state regulatory development.

Aaron BerryhillAaron Berryhill, Solar Program Manager, Virginia Energy (DMME)

Aaron Berryhill serves as the Solar Program Manager at the Virginia Department of Energy. In this role, he provides outreach and technical assistance to localities focused on all scales of solar siting and local government renewable energy procurement. Berryhill also partners with the Virginia Solar Initiative at the UVA Weldon Cooper Center to develop research-based resources, tools, and guidance for local governments. He recently earned a Master's in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University where he conducted research on the current land use trends of utility-scale solar facilities in Virginia.


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