Green power to the people
Gina Jones had a mission she’s turning into reality for the Onondaga Nation in Syracuse that her father belonged to. “I’m looking to help the nation build a ‘green power community,’ with National Grid’s support and expertise.”
The community would include ‘economically advantageous and environmentally sustainable’ concepts and technologies – including energy-efficient products and services, renewables, smart energy and net metering. There would be workshops and training, too. And everything would be engineered to continue to respect native sovereignty over the nation.
Gina began pursuing this passion evenings and weekends a couple of years ago, separate from her job as an information and records management analyst at National Grid and her role as chair of our Native American Indian (NAI) employee resource group. Senior management saw her passion and supported her endeavor with a ‘split work’ opportunity – 20 hours a week on her regular job, 20 hours on the innovative Onondaga pilot as part of Melanie Littlejohn’s Central New York Jurisdiction team.
“I’ve pulled together a strategic plan on how National Grid and Onondaga Nation can work together within sovereign territory to build a green power community. That would be the basis for the pilot program,” explains Gina. “From there, our goal is to further the efforts with the other Iroquois Confederacy Nations, as well as NE and downstate NY nation territories throughout National Grid’s service area.”
Company and community come together
“This is a wonderful example of merging the best of who we are as company into our community. It’s a pleasure to work with Gina to help bring the vision of Onondaga Nation to fruition.”
Melanie Littlejohn, Director, Community & Customer Management, CNY
“This unique partnership brings the Jurisdiction model to life by serving the needs of our most historic and diverse customers. I thank Melanie and Gina for helping make National Grid a great place to work and our local communities a great place to live.”
Ken Daly, NY Jurisdiction President
“It’s a privilege to be NAI ERG executive sponsor under Gina’s tireless leadership. She’s a dedicated employee and proud member of her community. This work is the perfect partnership of company/community collaboration.”
Colin Owyang, SVP and US General Counsel