Program Manager, Certification & Innovation
Alyssa manages the certification process and data analysis, oversees action development and revision, and provides legal counsel to Sustainable CT, a voluntary certification program to accelerate municipal sustainability actions. Alyssa earned her Juris Doctor with honors and her Master of Public Health Degree in Health Law and Policy from the University of Connecticut. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in Biology from Harvard University. She formerly served as Project Manager for Connecticut’s Legislative Commission on Aging, where she led the state’s livable communities initiative and served as a policy expert on wide-ranging health, planning and zoning, transportation and housing issues. Alyssa has also worked for the Connecticut Association of Directors of Health and the Connecticut Health Foundation. She began her career as an attorney at the law firm of Robinson and Cole.
Program Assistant, Administration
Jenna joined the ISE staff in 2015 after earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Eastern Connecticut State University. She has contributed to the production of videos designed to raise awareness of on-campus recycling. Jenna assists in the day-to-day administration of the office, coordinating Eastern’s Green Campus Committee, planning schedules, handling purchases, and providing general outreach on events and activities.
Community Engagement & Outreach
Jessica is a part of the Sustainable CT initiative at ISE, serving as the Institute’s liaison to municipalities. In this role Jessica directs municipal outreach, manages ongoing community engagement, and identifies and develops training opportunities for communities. Prior to joining ISE, Jessica was the Program Manager at the CT Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation. In that role, Jessica supported and tracked the Institute’s research and outreach projects intended to increase resilience and sustainability of vulnerable communities in Connecticut to the growing impacts of climate change. Jessica also worked as an Environmental Analyst at the State of CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), working in the Office of Climate Change, Technology, and Research. Among her many roles at DEEP, Jessica was responsible for producing the State’s annual greenhouse emissions inventory as well as assisting with the development and implementation of emissions reduction strategies from multiple sectors, most notably transportation. Jessica also oversaw the State’s Offsets program of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
Jim is a 30-year professional in marketing, public relations, non-profit development, and collegiate communications, and now serves as the communications manager for Sustainable CT. He's been a successful entrepreneur in web site and graphic design, a pioneer in the development of new media and cross-channel integration, and has worked on fundraising, member/donor, and circulation management campaigns for numerous progressive organizations including the World Wildlife Fund, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting, and Harper's Magazine. Prior to joining Sustainable CT, Jim served as the communications manager for a five-division facilities department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for nearly 17 years, leading strategic communications efforts in support of a multi-billion-dollar capital construction plan that included waste reduction, sustainable energy, and cutting-edge green building design. Jim is an artist and writer, a husband, a father of two, and a brother. He's a graduate of the George Washington University School of Public Affairs.
Lisa is a graduate student pursuing an MS with Bard College's Center for Environmental Policy. She will be interning with Sustainable CT in the Summer of 2020 to assist with the development of actions to further advance municipal sustainability. Lisa is a southern California native, graduating with her Bachelor's degree in environmental science and resource management in 2018 from California State University, Channel Islands. She then began her career managing energy and sustainability for the same university, doing work that ranged from on-campus activism to creating and implementing sustainability certification programs.
Lynn has served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University since 2014. Under Lynn’s leadership, the Institute founded and administers Sustainable CT, a voluntary certification program that fosters inclusive, resilient, and vibrant Connecticut municipalities that provide opportunities for all to thrive. Lynn also chairs Eastern’s Green Campus Committee which coordinates and guides the campus’s climate change and sustainability initiatives. She has over twenty years of experience in developing public policy and managing a broad range of environmental programs in areas including: climate change, energy efficiency, recycling, solid waste planning, pollution prevention, and coastal area management. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Political Science from Bucknell University and a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. As an active volunteer in her community, Lynn chairs Mansfield’s Sustainability Committee. She is an enthusiastic gardener, composter, and frequent bike-commuter and strives to live her values and create positive models for change.
Program Assistant, Website Support
Torin graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2019 with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications. He worked as an intern at the Institute for Sustainable Energy starting in May of 2018 and was hired as a staff member in the fall of 2019. His work mainly revolves around social media management and website development.