Joyce Flynn leads an active Cape Cod energy committee

Joyce Flynn and Sandy Cashen, right, stand in a solar panel field behind Dennis-Yarmouth High School. Solar power saves Yarmouth money, they say, while being a visible example for students to see energy conservation at work.

Who’s on Board is a series highlighting local boards and committees on Cape Cod and the people who serve on them.

YARMOUTH — Joyce Flynn has spent the past decade reinventing herself in some ways. In an earlier life she taught English and Irish literature. Now she spends her retirement years helping the town save money as it invests in green energy.

Flynn has spent the past 12 years learning about energy. When she turned 60, she enrolled in a course at Cape Cod Community College. The motivation? She began to think about how energy usage was affecting the climate and the world. 

She is now chairwoman of the Yarmouth Energy Committee. The nine-member committee advises the Select Board on energy matters, evaluates the possibilities of wind- and solar-powered energy installations on town land and recommends initiatives.