Photo: Peter Berger, Peter Lindstrom, Lissa, Diana, Alexis, and Joel in the CERTs office 2022.
We always joke that CERTs is like Hotel California: you can check out any time you like, but you can never leave. We stay connected to each other after people move on, which is one of the things that make CERTs such a special thing. We will miss Lissa’s daily presence, her infectious laugh, and the passion – and compassion – that she brings to work every day. At the same time, we know that she will bring much to her new role at the Department of Commerce, helping communities across Minnesota seize this moment in which so many clean energy opportunities are opening up. We look forward to partnering with our “original CERTsy” in her new role.
As Lissa moves into her next chapter, and as CERTs moves into its own new chapter, we, the CERTs staff, would like to say…
Thank you, Lissa Pawlisch, for 20 fabulous years!
Photo: CERTs Staff 2022
Looking forward, the CERTs team and all of our great partners will be building on our past experience to deepen engagement around the major energy opportunities we see in community-based clean energy: efficiency, beneficial electrification, and renewable energy.
CERTs has always emphasized the importance of energy efficiency, and we will continue to work to intensify efficiency across sectors and end-uses. We will provide resources to assist in identifying and implementing beneficial electrification projects for heating (heat pumps!) and transportation (electric vehicles!). Finally, as Minnesotans increasingly seek to incorporate renewables into their energy mix, CERTs will support communities in advancing projects to meet their needs and aspirations.
In the course of our work, we will continue to share models and stories that help Minnesotans imagine what clean energy could mean for them, we will bring people together to build community around clean energy, and we will help communities – especially those who currently confront barriers to participating in the clean energy transition – take advantage of the upcoming opportunities in ways that make sense for them.
It’s an exciting time for clean energy, and we are looking forward to our next 20 years!