Tory Hanna is a certified Urban Planner (AICP) and renewable energy professional. He has worked right here in the Berkshires for the City of Pittsfield's Planning and Community Development Department focusing on land use, Brownfields redevelopment, and other community and municipal planning issues for the early part of his career. His work has also focused on coast resiliency, waterfront zoning, and urban manufacturing during his time at as an Urban Planner for The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation in Brooklyn, NY.
Tory currently is the Director of Business Development at Origin Solar Energy, a small solar startup company focused on site origination for large scale ground mounted and rooftop solar assets and community microgrid solutions across the Northeast. He holds a BS from Umass Amherst in Environmental Design with a concentration in Urban Studies, and a MA from SIT Graduate Institute in Sustainable Development and International Development. His Graduate work Tory will be discussing his Graduate Thesis work (entitled Solar Urban Planning) which investigated the intersection of Solar Energy and Urban Planning, and practical solutions towards the proliferation of renewable energy in urban environments, and the numerous Policy-barriers and conflicts that arise for policy makers, planners, municipal practitioners alike when working towards renewable energy in cities.