Having dedicated her career to the environment, Comm-En’s mission of bringing renewable energy systems to the Northeast is more than Sue’s profession, it’s her passion. “After working in the renewable energy field for years, founding Comm-En was what I wanted to do,” says Sue. “I look forward to helping small business, agricultural producers and consumers across the Northeast build renewable energy systems.”
It’s a passion that has born fruit. Before founding Comm·En in the spring of 2006, Sue served as a lawyer and a lobbyist for Maine's largest envrionmental group. It was there that Sue worked closely with the state legislature not only on policy, but also as a frequent testifier and speaker on energy issues and policies. Also during her time there, Sue worked collaboratively with Maine businesses, trade groups and media outlets. As a lawyer, Sue has also served in the capacity of both lawyer and negotiator, and has successfully lead many legislative campaigns. All told, Sue’s experience has afforded her both intimate knowledge and great comfort with all areas of project development, from fund raising, to press coverage, renewable technology and legislative functions.
As a leader in Maine renewable energy initiatives, Sue was invited to join the Institute for Civic Leadership in Portland, Maine in 2006 and was the recipient of the “Clean Air Award” by the Maine chapter of the American Lung Association for her “leadership in assuring clean air for Maine people” in 2005. Sue served as a representative of the Northeast region on a 9-day study tour of “Renewable Power Projects in Germany”, March 2004. One of 8 Americans (and as the only one from the Northeast) invited by the German government to study first-hand power projects in Germany, the world’s leader in new wind power (including community wind), and other renewable power technologies.
Sue serves on the boards of directors for the Hydrogen Energy Center and the Maine Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. Sue served as Vice Chair to the Greater Portland Clean Cities and is a member of a Maine Small Business Alliance.
She lives in Freeport, Maine with her husband Andy and their dog Brisbee in a high performance, energy efficient home.