NEEP mourns last week's passing of Laura McNaughton and celebrates the many ways she contributed to advance residential energy efficiency.
In her role as the Director of Residential Energy Efficiency Programs at New England Electric (now National Grid), and earlier in her career with the non-profit Fair Share Corporation, she touched many lives with her tireless energy, enthusiasm, willingness to innovate, and passion for equity in providing energy efficiency to residential consumers.
In the 1990’s she helped local electric utilities with early efforts to encourage market transformation activities, such as embracing promotion of lighting and appliances using the ENERGY STAR brand and supporting the nation’s Super Energy Efficiency Refrigerator Program (SERP) “Golden Carrot” contest that led to the design of a super-efficient refrigerator.
Working with her could be both a delight and a whirlwind. Laura inspired those around her and provided leadership regionally and nationally to advance energy efficiency. She served as President of Affordable Comfort, Inc., a national organization promoting best practices in residential energy efficiency. She was an engaged, fun, and forthright member of NEEP’s Board of Directors.
Sue Coakley, NEEP’s Executive Director, reflects that “Laura left a wonderful legacy of leadership to make a difference through energy efficiency and energy justice, making the world more sustainable now and for future generations. We miss her and honor her contributions to advance energy efficient products and services for all.”
Laura Gail McNaughton, born in NY and raised in Montclair, NJ, graduated from Clark University ('81) and received her Masters in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University. Early in her career she worked for progressive political and environmental organizations - at Worcester Fair Share, Conservation Services Group, and Fundamental Action to Conserve Energy of Fitchburg. From 1990 through early retirement in 2009, residential energy efficiency and conservation
programs flourished because of her skill, talent and dedication. A lifetime member of the Regional Environmental Council's Board of Directors, she played many roles including President and Treasurer. She was recently honored at the REC Gala and was thrilled to be able to attend. A past President of Affordable Comfort, Inc. she led this national organization in the promotion of best practices for residential energy efficiency. She also served on the Board of Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships. Laura helped organize REC's first Earth Day Festival and city-wide cleanups (1990), and created the initial partnership between REC and National Grid for this annual event which continues to this day.
Read Laura's full obituary.