Living your Work

I worked with Marlene. This story is not just a feel-good puff piece. It really represents who I saw during work and after hours.

Marlene Brown is a pioneer, among the first people in Albuquerque who chose to power their homes with the sun.

"There's a term for people who adopt technology before it's economically feasible: `the early adopters,' " said Jeff Buell, a spokesman for the Public Service Company of New Mexico. "That's what Marlene is. Even before the incentives, she made a commitment to the environment, to alternative energy sources for the sake of her values."

Brown's home on Vassar Drive near the University of New Mexico is powered by a 1.2-kilowatt photovoltaic system installed in May 2004.

At the time, she was teaching an all-female class on installing solar energy systems.

Brown teaches about two hands-on, five-day seminars a year on installing the systems. She'll teach an all women's class at the end of April and a co-ed class in May. Both are through the New Mexico Solar Energy Association.

"I really want to empower women," Brown said. "I really think it's important."

Read the whole story here.


wacky said...

Great example of living values

Doc Mara said...

I totally agree. Marlene was a really challenging colleague, but she was very laid back as a person. She keeps a sunny disposition while doing really important work.