Sherrie Gruder, LEED AP, is a Distinguished Sustainable Design Specialist and Energy Strategist with UW-Madison Division of Extension. Sherrie provides statewide education and technical assistance on sustainable community development, clean energy strategies, and green building to support the resilience and economic vitality of Wisconsin communities, local governments, tribes, and businesses. Sherrie delivers the Energy On Wisconsin newsletter, web site and education programs to enhance energy literacy during this historic clean energy transition and provide insights into the financial, business, policy, technology, infrastructure and partnership aspects of community energy portfolios. She presented the Clean Energy Funding Series in 2023 through Extension’s Community Economic Development Program, a 6-part webinar to educate all sectors about federal, state, and other clean energy funding opportunities and strategies to successfully apply. And, she manages the Great Lakes Technical Assistance Center Program for Wisconsin to assist remote rural communities and tribes with accessing federal funding from the Inflation Reduction Act to reap the benefits of clean energy.
Sherrie is a LEED™ Accredited Professional by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), served two terms as an officer on its Government Core Committee and was on the board of USGBC-Wisconsin. Sherrie serves on the UW-Madison Extension Climate Leadership Team, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters Climate Advisory Board, and Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts Sustainability Working Group. Sherrie was a member of the Focus on Energy renewable energy network board for 10 years and helped develop and implement the Wisconsin Energy Independent Communities program.