Director of Clean Energy Programs
For the last decade, Adam Flint has directed Clean Energy Programs in New York’s Southern Tier at the Network for a Sustainable Tomorrow (NEST). During the previous decade, his work was in higher education, where he served as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Hartwick College and as lecturer in Environmental Studies and Latin American Studies at Binghamton University. Adam co-founded the Tier Energy Network of the Southern Tier, and also, the NY Energy Democracy Alliance, where he coordinates Community Owned Shared Renewables Working Group, and represents the Alliance on the Energy Democracy Project, a national initiative to create shared technical, best practice and expert resources to serve the needs of the movement.
From supporting low income families to make their homes energy efficient, to working to make community shared solar accessible regardless of income, social and environmental justice has been a driving value throughout his career. He co-created Binghamton Community Power, an alliance of housing, healthcare, community and clean energy organizations and individuals doing energy education and capacity building in the City’s environmental justice neighborhoods. On behalf of NY Renews, he leads up the newly created New York State Climate and Clean Energy Careers Working Group, a collaborative of stakeholder from across the sector dedicated to creating a system that is inclusive, equitable and capable of producing the thousands of skilled workers needed for the State’s clean energy transition. Together with a consortium of community based organizations and NYSERDA, he helped lead the codesign and launch of New York’s $52m Regional Clean Energy Hubs, a permanent, one-stop education, outreach & workforce Program based on a decade of learning by doing. He will serve as workforce development coordinators of the Southern Tier Hub, one of twelve serving all sixty two of New York’s counties. As an experienced practitioner of building planes while flying them, in the next chapter of his career, he looks forward to replicating and scaling innovative community-based clean energy programs.
BCP Program Coordinator
Chris Wen is the program coordinator for Binghamton Community Power (BCP). He facilitates all aspects of BCP’s activities, including community outreach and enrollment in energy assistance programs like HEAP or Empower. Currently, Chris is a full-time graduate student at Binghamton University pursuing dual degrees in Public Administration and Sustainable Communities along with a certificate in Local Government Management. Chris worked in the residential solar industry on Long Island from 2017 to 2020 and joined NEST in 2021
Anna Purtell is the Sustainability Coordinator for the Network for a Sustainable Tomorrow. After a year as an Energy Corps Intern, Anna has stepped up to a staff role, helping lead NEST’s HeatSmart Southern Tier initiative and the internship program. As a senior at Binghamton University majoring in Environmental Science and Biology, she has a strong scientific background; however, she also has experience with community programs through involvement with the Rochester Area Interfaith Climate Action group (RAICA) in her hometown of Rochester NY. Energy justice, clean energy at scale, and curbing climate change are all topics that intrigue and motivate Anna. When not at work, Anna enjoys being outside and especially cannot get enough of ultimate frisbee.