Mikaela Hondros-McCarthy, Solar Coach
I am excited to support this program because it can get Lowell more local clean energy and saves residents money, plain and simple. I am actually taking advantage of it myself and installing solar and heat pumps in my home. I am a member of the Lowell Sustainability currently work as Finance Director for Green Energy Consumers Alliance, a nonprofit that that enables everyday people to make green energy choices and to advocate for energy policies that benefit the greater good.
As a homeowner and an accountant, I would love to say that my primary motivator is money. More powerful than that though, is my motivation to leave this planet in the best shape we can for future generations. I also believe that local change can be the most powerful and can spread like (prescribed) wildfire! I have gotten a lot from this city having grown up here, and am excited to see what we can give back with this program.
Jay R. Mason, AIA, LEED AP
As a LEED-certified Architect, my life’s work has been centered on sustainable design. Along with long-term, broad experience in the architectural and construction industry, I have a demonstrated commitment to advocacy regarding sustainable practices and green-building technology. While an undergraduate design student, I did a summer workshop under Paolo Soleri at Arcosanti in Prescott Arizona.
I have 14 years of experience as Principal of the architectural firm (ACS, LLC) and have been a registered architect since 1993. In addition to my position as chair of Lowell’s Sustainability Council, I am an appointed member of the Lowell High School New Building Committee, an Advisory Board member of the Lowell Salvation Army, President of the Friends of Tyler Park, and a founding member of 350MA of Greater Lowell.
Sabrina Pedersen, Communications
Sabrina Pedersen was inducted as a new member of the Lowell Sustainability Council in January 2018. Currently, she is a Clean Energy Intern at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in Boston. Serving 101 cities and towns surrounding Boston, Sabrina’s main role is educating and enrolling municipalities into MAPC’s Peak Electricity Demand Notification Program. In addition, she assists with the Green Mobility Group Purchasing Program and the Climate Action Plan for the City of Newton. She also serves as an Environmental Planning Intern at MAPC. She conducts research for an Urban Forestry Project and Best Practices Project pertaining to local wetland bylaws and regulations. This fall, she will begin her M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. Sabrina is leading communications for the Solarize Lowell Campaign.
Marlin May, LEED Green Associate
For the past 15 years or so my professional life has been focused on creating web applications for various industries. For the overwhelming majority of my life, since I read Aldo Leopold’s “A Sand County Almanac” at 10 years old, I have been keenly interested in helping humanity survive, no, thrive, through our civilization treading more lightly on the Earth. Volunteering with Solarize Lowell and the Lowell Sustainability Council allows me help make the City of Lowell a more sustainable place and to and help spread sustainable building practices before it is too late.
Cormac Hondros, Solar Coach
As an engineer, the ability to power your home from the sun, is a powerful thing. I’ve begun taking the steps myself to transition my lifestyle towards one more sustainable, and the solar installation on my roof was an exciting milestone. I’ve grown up in Lowell and see it as a place that has tremendous history, as well as potential. A year ago, I joined the Lowell Sustainability Council with the intent of helping Lowell move towards a sustainable future. Within that group, the Solarize Plus Lowell program was born. This program has the ability to make the sustainable future transition even more of a no-brainer for residents, and I am eager to help make that happen.
Katherine Moses, Energy Manager, City of Lowell
Soumita Acharya, Video Communications
Soumita is a Community TV Producer at the Lowell Telecommunications Corporation (LTC) since 2015. She graduated with a film diploma from the New York Film Academy. Now working at LTC, she produces video content about events, news, and community awareness for the City of Lowell – whether that be covering a story about municipal waste issues or cultural festivities! Soumita contributes her creative film-making skills towards the communications side of the Solarize Lowell program.
Steve McGovern, Solarize Lowell Volunteer
We often hear that buildings consume the greatest amount of energy (Residential & commercial combined, over Transportation and Industrial), and that fact directly affects my work, as well as the work of a number of my colleagues.
I am a 20+ year real estate professional. I work on all stages of commercial real estate including acquisition, leasing, development, due diligence, land use, and permitting. I concentrate in commercial and infrastructure assets like office, retail, right of way and cellular projects. I also have experience in the trades as a painter and carpenter, and on the legal side of real estate as a Paralegal in various law firms and companies from the Merrimack Valley to Boston. My wife and I relocated to Lowell from the South Shore almost 15 years ago, and we immediately fell in love with the city, its history, its diversity, and its culture.
I’m excited to see Lowell embracing clean energy. Our predecessors were using hydro-power almost 100 years prior to the overall prevalence of coal-fired electricity. I am reminded of this fact every time I go over a river or canal in town and every time I stand in front of a monstrous brick mill and think of the immense operations that sustainable power previously afforded these industrial sites. Now, as I see more and more solar-powered roofs and fields, I am also reminded of this fact, and I am proud to support it.
G. Thomas Poirier, Solarize Lowell Volunteer
Tom Fahlberg, Solarize Lowell Volunteer