Jen Gorke

Senior Director at Travaglini, Scorzoni, & Kiley LLC

Christian Scorzoni, Jen Benson, Jen Gorke, Jeff Roy

Reflecting on a truly amazing experience touring Denmark last week with some of the Commonwealth’s leading business and community leaders, policymakers and academics. Thank you to The Alliance for Business Leadership, the Barr Foundation, and UMass Boston for organizing such an interesting, productive and fun tour of Denmark’s green transition. I look forward to combining what I learned about Denmark’s climate innovation, planning creativity and use of public-private partnerships with the relationships I built this past week to work toward inclusive climate action in the Commonwealth!

Highlights of the trip for me included: 

  • Port Esbjerg: Once a leading port of fishing and oil and gas, the Port today reflects the results of a green transition, handling more shipping for the offshore wind industry than other port in Europe.
  • Samso Island: This island municipality has completely transformed its energy system from fossil fuels to renewable energy, becoming the world’s first renewable energy island. Samso is carbon negative and boasts 100% ownership of renewable energy investments. They have ushered in this transition while putting the community at the center of thinking and planning about this green transition. 
  • Middelgrunden Wind Farm: The world’s largest offshore wind farm when it opened in 2001, the farm consists of 20 turbines equally shared by its developers and a private cooperative partnership. 
  • Nordhavn: This harbor area, formerly an industrial shipyard, is on track to support Copenhagen’s vision to become the first carbon neutral city. Development in Nordhavn is focused on design and planning that supports complex urban life, business, and areas that promote rest and recreation.
  • Coppenhill: The cleanest waste-to-energy plant in the world, Copenhill is an incredible example of creativity and multi-purpose design with tree-lined hiking trails up the building, a ski slope on its roof and a climbing wall on its facade. 

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