Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

NYSEIA is committed to identifying and combating structural racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia, both within our own institution and as a member of the broader energy and environmental community. We believe that everyone should be able to benefit from solar energy, and that our industry should reflect the diversity of our communities, and the values of a just and equitable society.

 

To accomplish these goals, NYSEIA has formed a Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee consisting of young leaders from our member companies. They are heading our efforts at internal and external reform according to the following principles: 

 

  • NYSEIA envisions a world where all members of society are able to thrive, and to participate meaningfully in the solar economy regardless of race, class, gender, gender expression, or sexuality.
     

  • NYSEIA acknowledges the role that structural racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia play in our world, and the corresponding social, economic, environmental injustice this has caused. 
     

  • NYSEIA recognizes the role that the solar industry plays in perpetuating these systems, and the responsibility to heal our divisions. 

 

To learn more about this program, to benefit from our permanent 50 percent MWBE membership discount, or to partner on related events and projects, please contact info@nyseia.org.

JEDI Committee

Our Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee consists of leaders from NYSEIA member companies that are committed to building an industry that welcomes and promotes all New Yorkers. Learn more about our membership program and get involved.

  • Jonaliza D. Ceklic

    Eden Renewables

    Jonaliza D. Ceklic is the Community Affairs Manager at Eden Renewables. Her experience in marketing, communications, community relations, and public affairs extends for over a decade, previously working in the New York State Senate and the New York State DSCC before entering the renewable energy industry. As an environmental activist, she is excited to make the transition to help New York State reach its net-zero goal. As a member of NYSEIA's JEDI Committee, she hopes to help other BIPOCs enter and thrive in the solar industry. She obtained her Bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech and currently working on a Master's in Sustainability. Off work hours, she enjoys working with macrame and exploring nearby parks and trails with her family.

  • NYSEIA Secretary

    Kathryn Chelminski

    Ameresco

    Kathryn Chelminski is the Director of Policy and Strategy at Ameresco. Ameresco is a leading independent provider of comprehensive services, energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions for businesses and organizations throughout North America and Europe with extensive experience in developing solar and energy storage projects. Kathryn holds a PhD in International Relations/Political Science from the Graduate Institute, Geneva, and has nearly a decade of experience in energy and environmental policy spanning industry, academia, and international organizations.

  • Fayeann Lawrence

    Sologistics

    Fayeann (Faye) Lawrence is a solar energy project management expert and entrepreneur. In the solar arena, she is the CEO of Sologistics, which is the MWBE-certified expediting firm she founded to address and provide guidance on the permitting, design, interconnection and policy challenges faced by installers and developers in NY State. She is also active in advancing renewable energy and sustainability policies internationally, particularly in the warmer climates in which she is most comfortable, including her native Trinidad & Tobago and its neighboring isle of Grenada, where she resides for part of the year.

    Faye has a reputation for professional excellence in her business dealings and balances her pragmatic problem-solving with an ability to meaningfully connect with people from all walks of life. She deliberately fosters and encourages a culture in her companies that prioritizes work-life balance and as such, the staff of Sologistics, as well as her other ventures, have been working remotely and flexibly as a rule years before it was adopted worldwide. Faye finds this work-life balance herself through a combination of travel, collecting premium tequilas and participating in Brazil-style Carnivals around the globe.

  • Gerard Neely

    Madison Energy Investments

    Gerard works in business development in Madison Energy Investments’ New York City office. He works with partners and clients to help deliver turnkey solutions for solar development across the nation. Gerard previously managed the Maryland Commercial PACE program. Under Gerard’s leadership, Maryland grew to have 15 C-PACE counties enables and over $20 million in clean energy investments. Gerard also helped develop C-PACE markets across the Midwest and Rocky Midwest closing C-PACE transactions in six states.

    Gerard was also selected as a fellow at the Clean Energy Leadership Institute (CELI) that recruits and develops young professionals with strong working knowledge of energy markets and policy. While in graduate school, Gerard worked in the UK’s House of Lords conducting research and education on electricity market reform policy. Gerard received his B.A. in Political Science from Wake Forest University and holds a M.A. in International Political Economy from King’s College London.

  • Angelica Ramdhari

    Solar One

    Angelica joined Solar One’s Here Comes Solar program in 2014 to coordinate the 1-4 family solar program. Angelica now managers Solar One’s resiliency programs (PV+energy storage). Angelica first got involved in renewable energy efforts at the University of Florida, where she helped start the Neutral Gator program to green the University’s athletics program and facilities. This project created energy reductions for low-income residents, which were then certified into carbon offsets that were applied to football games and other campus sporting events in order to make them carbon neutral. She then moved to New York to become involved with larger-scale urban green energy projects, first working on Con Edison’s energy efficiency programs for small businesses and later transitioning to small-scale solar energy installations in 2011.

  • Stephan Roundtree, Jr.

    Vote Solar

    Stephan Roundtree, Jr. is the Northeast Director for Vote Solar, where he works to promote ambitious and socially just solar policy in New England and New York. Prior to joining Vote Solar, Stephan worked as an advocate and community lawyer with WE ACT for Environmental Justice in Harlem, NYC. There, he fought for more inclusive solar and energy efficiency policies in Albany and at City Hall. Stephan also co-designed a first-in-the-nation solarize campaign for a dense urban community in Northern Manhattan, and negotiated construction and local hiring contracts for the project based on community values and input.

    Originally from the Town of Dunstable, Massachusetts, Stephan holds a B.A. in History from Boston College, a J.D. from Northeastern School of Law, and a Master's in Environmental Policy from Vermont Law School. In his spare time Stephan enjoys sailing, skiing, and social distancing on his bike, though his passion for energy justice is equaled only by his love of birdwatching and Boston sports.

What We Do

  • Work with the NYSEIA Staff and Board of Directors to implement internal practices that promote JEDI outcomes.
     

  • Engage with allied organizations to support their efforts and learn best practices.
     

  • Feature the work of NYSEIA member companies to improve and achieve their diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.

  • Recruit speakers and panelists from under-represented communities to meet the NYSEIA mandate for 50 percent participation at industry events.
     

  • Organize social and professional public events such as conferences and networking that foster diverse workplace culture.

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Contact NYSEIA

New York Solar Energy Industries Association

P.O. Box 1523

Long Island City, NY 11101

 

518-288-5250  |  info@nyseia.org

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