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The 7th Annual RASCL Summit

Leading the Charge: Empowering Our Communities for a Sustainable Delaware

Wednesday January 17, 2024 | 9:00am-4:00pm
Del-One Conference Center | Dover, DE










Danielle Swallow

Coastal Hazards Specialist

Delaware Sea Grant


For Ourselves and for the Community: Chester County's Climate Action Plan and Journey

Rachael Griffith, PLA, AICP

Sustainability Director

Chester County Planning Commission


Motivators & Tools of Community Climate Action


Stefen Samarripas

Senior Manager, Local Policy Team, American Coucil for an Energy Efficient Economy


RASCL Resouces


Lynne Pusey, Coastal Training Coordinator, Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve


See me, hear me, touch me, feel me: Can offshore wind power find a place at Delaware's Table?


Jeremy Firestone

Professor, College of Marine Science and Policy,

University of Delaware


RASCL Project Guidance Group


Michelle Koenig,

Director of Conservation

Delaware Center for the Inland Bays


Myths and Trends: Electric Vehicles (EV)


Nicole Rodi

Senior Clean Transportation Specialist, ICF


Developing a Community Sustainability Plan


Beth Krumrine

Senior Planner

DNREC Division of Climate, Coastal, and Energy


Speakers and Moderators

Danielle Swallow_Summit Host

Danielle Swallow

Summit Host


Coastal Hazards Specialist

Delaware Sea Grant

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Jeremy Firestone


Professor, School of Marine Science and Policy, University of Delaware

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Lynne Pusey


Coastal Training Coordinator, Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Stefen Samarripas

Welcome Speaker

Senior Manager, Local Policy Team, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

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Nicole Rodi


Senior Clean Transportation Specialist, ICF

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Michelle Koenig


Director of Conservation, Delaware Center for the Inland Bays

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Emily Knearl


Delaware Director of Government Relations and External Affairs, 

The Nature Conservancy

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Rachael Griffith


Sustainability Director, Chester County Planning Commission

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Drew Slater


Executive Director,

Energize Delaware

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Robert H. McBride


Chair, Bike Newark



9:00 a.m - 10:00 a.m.

Registration Open and Networking

Breakfast provided

10:00 a.m - 10:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Danielle Swallow, Delaware Sea Grant

10:15 a.m - 10:30 a.m.

Welcome Speaker

Stefen Samarripas, Senior Manager, Local Policy Team,

American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy

10:30 a.m - 10:45 a.m.

RASCL Community Champions Award Presentation

Stacey Henry, Delaware Resilience Hub

Kathy Lock, Slaughter Beach

10:45 a.m - 12:00 p.m.

Renewable Realities: Sharing Insights and Dispelling Myths

This session provides a comprehensive understanding of the current state, challenges, and future of solar, wind, and electric vehicle technologies. The goal of this session is to shed light on the latest developments and dispel common misconceptions.

12:00 p.m - 1:15 p.m.


1:15 p.m - 2:15 p.m.

Renewable Roadmap: Examples and Tools for Sustainable Energy Solutions

This session shares concrete examples of where impactful work has been accomplished, offering a roadmap for others to follow. Our speakers will share their experiences providing attendees with tools and strategies to implement renewable solutions in their own communities.

2:15 p.m - 3:30 p.m.

RASCL Resources

Learn about what RASCL does to increase capacity an provide resources for renewable energy and other sustainability-related initiatives. This session includes an interactive discussion on what you would like to see more of from RASCL in 2024.

3:30 p.m - 4:00 p.m.



Thank you to the 2024 RASCL Summit Sponsors!




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Click here to view presentations, agendas, programs, and sponsors from past RASCL Summits.

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