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Community Acceptance of Wind Webcast

Community Acceptance of Wind Webcast

Date: 7/2/2009

Contact: Susan Hinnen, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Phone: 303-384-6962

Audio and text versions of the Webinar with Marion Trieste are available (WMV 13.5 MB) Download Windows Media Player. Time: 01:26:49. Text Version.

Marion Trieste specializes in forming partnerships among the various stakeholders affected by environmental decisions, and working to find mutually beneficial, cost effective solutions through grassroots organizing and strategic communications planning. Marion has over twenty years of experience designing and implementing meaningful public involvement programs and enjoys a national reputation as a specialist in public participation for the federal Toxic Waste Superfund program.

Marion formed Trieste Associates in 1998 to offer public outreach and campaign design services. In this capacity she has implemented a number of successful campaigns. In 2007, Trieste Associates expanded to form a partnership with Power Communications, a Saratoga Springs based energy public relations consultancy. The newly formed business venture, GEOS (Green Energy Outreach Services) is the result of the expanding demand for public outreach services. GEOS approaches today's environmental challenges by actively engaging the people most affected by environmental problems.

GEOS is currently working with clients to educate the public and coordinate grassroots support in an effort to utilize wind power and other renewable energy resources available throughout the Northeast. Marion uses her diverse network of regional stakeholders and media relations to aide in educating the public and gaining support for projects that protect human health and the environment.

Marion is well known in the environmental community for her tireless efforts to educate the public about the Hudson River Superfund site and PCBs on behalf of Scenic Hudson and the Friends of a Clean Hudson coalition from May 2000 to June 2003. Prior to her work with Scenic Hudson, Marion was a public education campaign coordinator, lobbyist and toxic waste specialist for ten years at the Sierra Club's Northeast regional office. Due to her unique expertise on the importance of public education and grassroots organizing, Marion has presented testimony on three separate occasions to various congressional committees during the years of the national Superfund Reauthorization debate.

This information was last updated on July 01, 2009