CANDIDATE STATEMENTS 2018
My name is John Drouhard: I am a lifetime Wayne County resident and an electrician by profession. I am interested in the production, storage and wise use of renewable energy. I believe in the SEN mission of promoting renewable energy technologies and practices, especially solar generation and electric vehicles.
My name is Matt Kelbly. I have been interested in renewable energy for a long time and was able to serve as a trustee over the past two years. During that time I've been a active member of the group. I have spearheaded efforts to make science kits with an energy focus available to middle and high school students in the area. I've also participated in various other wcsen events. I think this group does a lot for the area and I hope to be able to serve as a trustee for another term.
My name is Dan Kiefer, I was born and raised in Smithville in which I still reside and intend to stay for my remaining years with my wife Erica. My interests regarding sustainable energy strongly revolve around efficiency, reducing and reusing. I have little notable experience in the field of sustainable energy other than collecting and composting food waste from Local Roots and a few residents of downtown Wooster. I believe all efforts, big or small, towards a common goal of community sustainability will bring our vision to reality.
I am Jay Klemme, a “post-paycheck” dermatologist who retired early 2018 from University Hospital. I had been at Wooster Clinic, and then Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Wooster 1994-07. I completed my undergraduate studies in biology at Stanford, followed by Northwestern Med School; MPH at U of Illinois; 5 yrs at CDC as epidemiologist at NIOSH, then dermatology residency at University Hospital and an immunology fellowship. I have committed myself to renewable and sustainable energy by driving EVs (3 Nissan Leafs, and a 2014 Volt). In my home, I have installed a geothermal system and 32 solar panels on roof.
My name is Fred Michel. I am a Professor of Biosystems Engineering at The Ohio State University-OARDC in Wooster where I conduct research on cellulosic ethanol, composting and anaerobic digestion. I teach “Solar Energy Systems” at the OSU ATI, am the Chair of the OSU Wooster Sustainability committee, am an ETA certified Photovoltaic Level 1 installer and live in a solar powered house in Wooster. I have served as WCSEN President since 2009. I am interested in working with WCSEN to educate members of the community about the impacts of climate change and to demonstrate ways that individuals, families, businesses and government can reduce their carbon footprint and move to a more sustainable future. I am particularly interested in renewable energy systems and policies that both reduce the environmental impacts and costs of energy use. My four goals for SEN are to: (1) further develop renewable energy educational programs for Wayne County citizens, (2) bring speakers and programs to the community that teach ways to reduce our carbon footprint, (3) develop organics recycling programs, and (4) provide information to citizens about how they can reduce their energy costs using photovoltaic solar systems. A long term goal is to work with SEN members, businesses, academics and local governments to develop climate action plans for the city of Wooster and Wayne County that allow us to become climate positive communities.
My name is Taylor Mowrer. I work in sales and marketing for Rick Hinderer Knives. I have always been fascinated by sustainable energy. I believe that reducing our carbon foot print through sustainable practices is the way of our Communities Future. I want to help raise the awareness of the benefits of using renewable resources with members of the community and local businesses. Not only do I want to help others with their education but I want to continue learning so I may better serve our community in becoming a more Sustainable Community.