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Anya Schoolman has been working on environment and sustainable development for more than 25 years. She spent nearly 10 years in the Federal Government at the US EPA and the Department of the Interior and the following 10 years working as a strategic adviser for NGOs and Foundations on strategy, grant-making, campaign design, base-broadening, energy policy, voter engagement and program development and design.
She founded the Mt Pleasant Solar Coop seven years ago with her son Walter.
As President of the Mt Pleasant Solar Coop she led a city-wide effort in Washington, DC to make solar accessible and affordable to anyone who wants it. She has assisted more than 150 homeowners in Washington DC to go solar and has helped foster the creation of 11 sister coops that joined together to form a city wide organization called DC Solar United Neighborhoods (DC SUN). She is the founder of the Community Power Network. Through Community Power Network she also manages programs to promote solar and local economic development through state projects called Maryland Sun (MD-SUN), West Virginia Sun (WV-SUN) and Virginia Sun (VA-SUN). This year a primary focus of Community Power Network is policies and project models for solar for low income households.