NH Youth Climate & Clean Energy Town Hall 2020

Spring 2020

“NH Youth Climate and Clean Energy Town Hall”

Wednesday, February 05, 2020 | 9:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m. EDT

There was no recording of this in-person event, but there are photographs..

The Emerging Leaders panelists that participated in this event


Climate change is among the most pressing environmental issues of our time. On the basis of this shared belief, the co-hosts and partners of the ECLC came together to plan an educational forum to engage NH students in a public dialogue with 2020 presidential candidates about climate. This youth-centered event, co-hosted by the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and Stonyfield Organic, was free and open to the public.

Attendees (in order): U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Governor William Weld, Varshini Prakesh for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, Governor Deval Patrick, Andrew Yang, Tom Steyer, and Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson for U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. Several candidates could not attend (Michael Bennet) or were represented by surrogates due to a critical Senate vote that day (Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren).


  1. Spotlight candidates’ climate plans
  2. Elevate New Hampshire’s young voices to discuss intergenerational science and climate change policy
  3. Encourage youth to become more aware of the global dynamics influencing climate change

Agenda & Speakers

7:00 AMĀ 

Doors Open to Public and Introductions

  • Joined by speakers:
    • Anthea Lavalle, Executive Director of the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation
    • Gene Likens, Co-founder of the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest
    • Gary Hirshberg, former CEO of Stonyfield Farm
    • April Salas, Executive Director of the Revers Center for Energy

8:15 AM – 10:15 AM

First set of speakers w/ Moderator Alden Meyer, Senior Associate at E3G

  • 8:15 AM Joined by Senator Amy Klobuchar & student panelists:
    • Clarice Perryman
    • Kevin Yuan
    • Beatrice Burack
  • 9:15 AM Followed by Mayor Pete Buttigieg & student panelists:
    • Melina Sanchez-Montanes
    • Jedidiah Crook
    • Saskia Braden
  • 10:15 AM Followed by Governor Bill Weld & student panelists:
    • Casey McGuire
    • Chris Callahan
    • Sadie DiCarlo

11:15 AM – 2:15 PM

Second set of speakers w/ Moderator Henry Herndon, Consultant at Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire

  • 11:15 AM Joined by Varshini Prakesh, representative of Senator Bernie Sanders & student panelists:
    • Olivia Gresham
    • Ashley Lang
    • Melina Sanchez-Montanes
  • 12:15 PM Followed by Governor Deval Patrick, former governor of Massachusetts & student panelists:
    • Katelyn Fournier
    • Kevin Yuan
    • Ashley Lang
  • 1:10 PM Followed by Rob Werner, Concord City CouncilorĀ 
  • 15-minute break
  • 2:15 PM Followed by Andrew Yang & student panelists:
    • Olivia Gresham
    • Caitlyn Hatzell
    • Laura Walk

3:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Third set of speakers w/ Moderator Tiernan Sittenfeld, Senior Vice President of League of Conservation Voters

  • 3:15 PM Joined by Senator Michael Bennet & student panelists:
    • Alex Wood
    • Hannah Gaudet
    • Caitlyn Hatzell
  • 4:15 PM Followed by Tom Steyer & student panelists:
    • Isabel Boettcher
    • Catherine Bregou
    • Katie Bennett
  • 5:15 PM Followed by Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, representative of Elizabeth Warren, & student panelists:
    • Laura Walk
    • Alex Wood
    • Natalie Dokken

~6:15 PM Closing Remarks by Roger Stephenson and End of Event