Let There Be Light: How to get government funding for your faith community’s solar and electrification initiatives

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 7–8 P.M., via Zoom

All are invited to a presentation and conversation about new ways to engage and advance sustainability and carbon reduction goals in faith communities. Presenters will include Dean Steve Thomason, Shelby Ketchum (Seattle City Light Inflation Reduction Specialist), and Stone Fennell (Saint Mark’s parishioner and UW Materials and Science Engineering student).

Join using this Zoom link.

About the presenters:

Shelby Ketchum

Shelby Ketchum, Inflation Reduction Act Specialist at Seattle City Light, is a dedicated advocate for equitable and sustainable energy solutions. With a background that includes experience in skilled trades, community organizing, and energy policy, Shelby brings a unique perspective to his work, which is primarily centered on decarbonizing the built environment through building electrification and the proliferation of distributed energy resources. He holds a Master's degree in Urban Planning and a Bachelor's degree in Urban and Labor Studies. His career is driven by a passion and a commitment to a sustainable future, which is best encapsulated in the vision of 'Net Zero By Retirement.'


Stone Fennell

Stone Fennell is a graduate student studying Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. He has studied the design of solar cells and batteries and participated in the Global Renewable Infrastructure Development RSO as a technical lead. Last year he volunteered with Kilowatts for Humanity, helping to install a solar microgrid in the Dengeza community in Zambia. He enjoys reading, cooking, and teaching math and science to future engineers.



The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason

The Very Rev. Steven L. Thomason has served as Dean and Rector at Saint Mark’s for more than ten years after serving churches in his native state of Arkansas and practicing medicine as a family doctor and hospice/palliative care specialist. In his time of parish ministry, he has served in various leadership roles in the community, diocese and wider church including guiding Saint Mark’s commitment to have a net zero carbon footprint by 2030. His educational degrees include Bachelor of Science from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN; Doctor of Medicine from University of Arkansas; and Master of Divinity from the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas.

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