Climate Community Citizen of the Week – Dan Schnitzer

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Congratulations to Daniel Schnitzer this week’s Climate Community Citizen of the week. We met Dan many months ago through one of our close friends and a founder/advisor of ours Ted Steck of The University of Chicago. Dan has an amazing background and as you will read an enormous heart.  For years Dan has been working to raise the standard of living for those in Haiti – primarily through the introduction of renewable energy to the nation.  But, from the time of the earthquake on Dan and his team have been working day and night to save lives and to bring small scale solar lamps to the women and children of the nation who are most at risk.

The following was provided to us by Dan:

Dan is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of EarthSpark International, a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating energy poverty in Haiti.

EarthSpark is presently engaged with several communities and numerous NGOs, multilateral institutions and for-profit ventures in an effort to develop financially sustainable supply chains for clean energy technologies.  Dan has visited Haiti many times and resided there from October 25 to December 12, 2009.  In the wake of the earthquake, EarthSpark has raised funds to distribute 3,000 lamps to women living in internally displaced persons camps in the Port-au-Prince area.  He works for EarthSpark on a volunteer basis.

Starting in January 2010, Dan became a Ph.D. student in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.  His research at CMU is on the transient stability of large-scale power systems with high penetrations of wind energy.


Prior to starting at CMU, Dan worked at KEMA, Inc., an energy consulting firm, for two years.  At KEMA, his work focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy policy, engineering, and system analysis.

Dan graduated from the University of Chicago in June 2007 with a B.A. in Physics, Economics and Environmental Studies. As co-president of the Green Campus Initiative and a founding member of the student-faculty-administration Sustainability Council, he was heavily involved with designing sustainability policy for the University.

In addition to being our winner this week – EarthSpark is the charity we have chosen to recognize at an event June 26th which we are jointly hosting with our good friends The Green Girls.  If you are interested please join us and consider this very worthy cause.

Finally – congratulations again to Dan and his team – keep up the great work!

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