Matthew Halladay has been a Clean Energy Coordinator for the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region since early 2018. His focus has been in providing deep technical assistance to all communities in our region who are striving to integrate clean energy and energy efficiency into their short and long term municipal strategies. He helps communities navigate the often complex and muddy waters that are inherent in transitioning to sustainable systems, programs, and policies via the High impact Actions promoted though NYSREDA’s Clean Energy Community initiative. His interests in planning blossomed after he spent time working as a contractor for The Nature Conservancy and Conservation Law Foundation while finishing up his degree in Vermont. While there, Matthew conducted an inductive experiment centered around uncovering motivations and barriers towards reducing surface development along Vermont’s river corridors after Hurricane Irene tore through the state in 2011. He conducted GIS analysis using remote sensing imagery to baseline rates of impervious surface change in floodplains along communities that had adopted model ordinances prohibiting development within newly mapped geomorphic parameters.
Matthew is an advocate of the clean energy revolution we are experiencing, passionate about advancing the circular economy that rewards sustainable practices, reduces inefficiencies, and creates just and healthy futures for all. He believes there is a narrative out there for each value system that jives with sustainability and his goal is to help communicate that.
Master of Science in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Colorado State University
Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Economics, State University of New York at Geneseo.
LEED Green Associate, United States Green Building Council
Conservation Action Planning, The Nature Conservancy
Climate Reality Leadership Corps Training
Areas of Expertise
Matthew’s prior work experience includes working in low-income housing development as a Director of Buildings, as well as working with Youth Conservation Corps in Colorado in a political advocacy and programmatic capital campaign capacity through AmeriCorps. He was employed by Colorado State University as a Research Assistant for a Species Recovery and Conservation Leadership project seeking to investigate successful species recovery strategies that involved local leadership and community-driven conservation. He spoke at the 2017 Society Conservation Biology ICCB conference in Cartagena, Colombia on findings that support the importance of involving conservation leaders at the local level in driving successful conservation projects.
He hopes to always work in the social realm of global environmental phenomena to uncover innovative solutions to complex problems that affect those most vulnerable to system scale environmental change. His most passion lies in climate change adaptation and community-based strategy planning that seek to re-couple the natural and human worlds into one.
He has been a Clean Energy Coordinator for the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region since early 2018.