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Welcome to the fifth annual celebration of Climate Action Day!  We are excited about what’s in store for us this year and we are grateful for your engagement with the day.

All students are required to register for and attend Climate Action Day on Friday, April 26. You must register for the Opening Assembly Keynote Address AND either one (1) all day workshop OR two (2) short workshops: one Featured and one Student Choice.


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Friday, April 26 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
It’s Electric! (Your city’s new public bus, that is.) FULL
Limited Capacity full

Venue:  Gillepsie room, located in the Institutional Advancement building

From New York to Seattle, some of the country’s most environmentally progressive transit agencies have committed to electrifying their entire public bus fleet over the next couple decades. Why are electric buses an integral part of cities’ climate action plans, and can this new technology live up to its promise? How will transit agencies afford this massive transformation and achieve it without disrupting service? In this workshop, we’ll explore the opportunities and challenges of rolling out electric buses, whether in Exeter, NH or in large cities with millions of residents. Put yourself in the shoes of a transit planner as we figure out how, when, and where to charge these new high-tech and whisper-quiet vehicles. Our goals are to reduce emissions, stay on schedule, minimize costs, and get people home from work and school without running out of juice!

Kate Tomford is a Senior Analyst in the Finance Department at the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), where she manages energy-related initiatives including energy efficiency, electric buses, and utility cost management. She has 15 years of experience in the field of environmental and energy policy, previously serving in positions with the Illinois Governor’s Office and the Illinois Energy Office, and as a consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Kate graduated from Exeter in 1995, way back before anyone in her dorm (Wheelwright) had a cell phone or an internet connection! She holds an MS in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Chicago Harris School and an AB in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Harvard College.

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Kate Tomford '95

Senior Analyst, Chicago Transit Authority
Kate Tomford is a Senior Analyst in the Finance Department at the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), where she manages energy-related initiatives including energy efficiency, electric buses, and utility cost management.  She has 15 years of experience in the field of environmental... Read More →


Friday April 26, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Gillepsie room, located in the Institutional Advancement building