PACE is a public health and environmental organization formed in 1973 by a group of concerned Connecticut citizens. Our mission is to transition Connecticut to clean energy through grassroots education and advocacy. Through our 100PercentCT Project, we are developing viable plans for individual towns to move to 100% renewable energy. PACE is the largest all volunteer organization in the state engaged with these issues, and its members are active at public events, legislative hearings and environmental forums, both in person and on state and local television and radio. PACE is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
Energy efficiency is our "first fuel" and is the clearest way to lower costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve health.
By transitioning to electric vehicles and heat pumps, we not only reduce pollution, we increase efficiency and lower energy demand.
The solution to our climate crisis is simple: stop burning fossil fuels. We can meet our needs with solar, wind and hydro.
We are working to promote an orderly transition of energy generation and jobs from nuclear to renewable energy, allowing the Millstone reactors to close as soon as possible.
Mark has long been interested in clean energy, energy efficiency and recycling. He has served as President of PACE since 2016. A native of Simsbury, Mark is active in his local Clean Energy Task Force. He retired in 2017 from a thirty-five-year career as an actuary and is currently leading the restoration of a local historic mansion into a mixed-use commercial property, using modern, energy efficient technology and practices. Mark received his B.A. in Mathematics and German from Washington and Lee University and his M.A. in International Economics and Foreign Policy at the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University. He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and a Certified Passive House Consultant. Mark lives in West Simsbury, CT, dabbles with music and is active in First Church of Christ Simsbury.
Bernie is Vice President of PACE and manager of the 100PercentCT Project. Bernie retired from Travelers Insurance Company in Hartford Connecticut. His last assignment was Chief Actuary for the International Division. Prior to that he held various assignments in different areas of the Travelers and Aetna Property Casualty. Bernie received his B.S. in Mathematics and Peace Studies from Manhattan College and a Master’s in Public Policy from Trinity College in Hartford. He is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society and has carried his quantitative approach into the 100PercentCT Project. He lives with his wife in West Hartford and serves on that towns Clean Energy Commission.
Deb is passionate about our natural world and has been working for and volunteering with various environmental organizations for many years. She has a B.S. in Biology from Bates College, an M.S. in Environmental Studies from Antioch New England, and an M.L.S. from Southern Connecticut State University. Deb worked for a few years for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in the Connecticut River Anadromous Fish program creating maps of fish populations. From there, she became an educator working first at an environmental education center before becoming an elementary school teacher and then a librarian. Most recently, she has served as the executive director for a non-profit storytelling organization. In her spare time, she created a podcast, wrote a book about her trip to Nepal, and manages the Granby Community Garden.
Pam grew up in, and has now retired to, southeastern Connecticut. She lived for 37 years in Simsbury, CT with her husband Nick, raising their two daughters on the campus of Westminster School where she was a librarian. While earning her MLS from Syracuse University in the early days of distance learning, she researched Dr. Martin Luther King’s summers in Simsbury when he was a teenager working with other Morehouse College students to earn tuition on Cullman Brothers shade tobacco farm. She loved being a Girl Scout leader, Sunday School teacher, and soccer mom, and later worked with some very enthusiastic students and faculty to organize Westminster’s Environmental Team which instituted recycling and built a campus ethos of reducing energy usage. Her interest in PACE began with Judi Friedman’s Chernobyl Exhibit in the Old State House in Hartford, and grew as she attended PACE meetings and supported PACE tours.
Marianne (“Charlie”) has been involved with PACE since the late1980s and has been Treasurer for almost 15 years. An avid nature-lover, gardener, birder and hiker, Charlie believes that we have a duty to preserve the natural world for future generations of people and as well as all the creatures and critters and plants that share this beautiful planet. Charlie worked as a nurse for several years before attending the University of Connecticut School of Law while raising her two children in Simsbury. She worked as a public health lawyer at the Attorney General’s Office under Richard Blumenthal and retired in 2015 as Legal Director for the State of CT Department of Public Health. Charlie now lives in Bloomfield and is a member of its clean energy task force.
Ken as been a member of PACE since the mid 1980’s and published the PACE directory (print) for a number of years before starting the PACE web site in 1995. He has run his own business first as a marketing company and later as a software development company since 1976. He was the second PV installation under the CT Clean Energy Fund in 2004. Ken was educated in classical languages (BA Harvard) and business (MBA Rensselaer).