2017 Program & Presenters

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Sustainability by Land and Sea:  Advancing Sustainability in Communities and on Campuses
Massachusetts has often had an important role in American history. In modern times our campuses offer timely research to communities striving for resilience, adaptation to climate change and proactive sustainable development solutions.
WELCOME  Jen Boudrie Conference, Director; Dr. Richard Wylie President, Endicott College; Barbara Warren Executive Director, Salem Sound Coastwatch
KEYNOTE   Ellen Douglas Associate Professor, School for the Environment; Graduate Program Director, Environmental Sciences, Marine Science, and Technology, UMass Boston  Presentation: Impact of Sea Level Rise on Greater Boston, Green Infrastructure, and Planning

9:45-10:45 SESSIONS

Municipal Sustainability

Hear about coastal resiliency and sustainability achievements that leaders are championing in their communities.
Henrietta Davis (Moderator) Policy Consultant, former Mayor of Cambridge
Brendhan Zubricki Town Administrator, Town of Essex
Donna Holaday Mayor, City of Newburyport

Leading by Example: Energy Management in 2017

Massachusetts is one of the preeminent states in energy efficiency and renewables.  Learn about best practices, resources, and results.
Elizabeth Isenstein Director of Facilities Technical Services, Tufts University
John MacDonald Energy Manager, Engineering & Energy Management, Boston College

Our Oceans & Climate Change

The oceans drive our weather systems and can give us wake up calls with weather events.  Learn about human impacts on the ocean and efforts for a more sustainable future
John Bullard Regional Administrator, Greater Atlantic Region at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Eco-Career Forecasts for 2017

Check out the latest in environmental, conservation, sustainability and climate resilience career trends in:  water, clean energy, climate adaptation, food, big data, permitting, facilities management, activism, finance, and more.
Kevin Doyle Principal, Green Economy

One if By Land, Two if By Sea: A Call to Action

The language of the Declaration of Independence started at New England town meetings and spread throughout the 13 colonies. Hear about modern day movements that build on our past history.
Keith Bergman Town Administrator, Town of Littleton; Climate Reality Leadership Corps volunteer mentor; President, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Nathaniel Stinnett CEO, The Environmental Voter Project

Walking Tour: Engineered Solutions for Stormwater Management

Tour Endicott’s stormwater management systems:  rain gardens, detention basins, pervious pavement, and a series of man-made ponds.
Dennis Monaco Director of Physical Plant, Endicott College
Charlie Wear VP, Meridian Associates

11:00-noon SESSIONS

Energy Storage, Micrograms, and Distributed Generation

Learn about emerging energy technologies from experts witnessing and creating the next wave of energy projects in Massachusetts.
Will Lauwers Director, Emerging Technology, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Phil Fischer Sales Director, NEC Energy Solutions
Sean Hamilton General Manager, Sterling Light Department
Steven Strong President, Solar Design Associates

Campus Sustainability

Directors & consultants describe progress, projects, plans & collaborations on any or all of these: energy, water, food, waste, buildings, pollution prevention, land use, transportation, student & staff engagement, sustainability across the curriculum, how to fund projects, and implementation of plans.
Sarah Hammond Creighton Director of Campus Sustainability, Endicott College
Kathy Driscoll Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability Officer, Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Debra Shepard Principal, Riverstone Sustainability

Vulnerability Assessments & Setting Priorities

Communities spend millions each year on weather-related events.  Learn how identifying vulnerable infrastructure issues and prioritizing green infrastructure strategies help them adapt to current and future climate-driven hazards and manage costs.
Kathryn Glenn Regional Coordinator, MA Coastal Zone Management
Janet “Jennie” Moonan Project Engineer, Tighe & Bond
Aaron Clausen Director, Planning, City of Beverly
Kevin Doyle Principal, Green Economy; Researcher, National Green Infrastructure Workforce Study

Interns, Students & Community Projects

Today’s students own the future.  Let them learn and lead the way!  Hear about six amazing projects in Massachusetts communities.
Grace Evans Ipswich High School,  Local Effects of Sea Level Rise and How We Can Prepare for Them
Katelyn Tarrio Boston University,  Massachusetts Facility Discharge Water Analysis
Mariko McNamara The Conway School,  Masterplan for a Native American Community and Town on Martha’s Vineyard
Annie Fortnow Brandeis University,  Hair Salon Study
Catalina Aycardi Andover High School,  Merrimack River Trail
Julia Seremba UMass Amherst,  100% Clean Energy Campaign

Dynamic Actions Lead to Results

Discover the latest about natural gas leak mapping, plastic bans, solar installations, interfaith collaborations, and coastal/water initiatives that are sweeping through Commonwealth communities.
Audrey Schulman President, Home Energy Efficiency Team
Barbara Warren Executive Director, Salem Sound Coastwatch
Mark Sandeen President, MassSolar; Chair, Sustainable Lexington; Founding Member, Lexington Interfaith Garden
Claire McElwain & Claire Werner Students, Ipswich High School

Walking Tour: Local Food & Dining Hall

Learn about a local community-based organization dedicated to local, healthy food. Then visit the dining hall to witness sustainable dining practices on campus.
James Harrison Executive Director, The Food Project
Cat Bartolini Sustainability Coordinator, Endicott College

12:00-1:00 LUNCH Buffet in Dining Hall
1:00-1:15 Exhibits, Networking
1:15-2:15 SESSIONS

Moving Forward in 2017

How do campuses & communities fit in with the new federal administration?  In 2007 college presidents and mayors signed climate commitments which arose in response to the Bush administration.  What will we do in 2017?
Tim Carter President, Second Nature
Henrietta Davis (Moderator/Discussion Facilitator) Policy Consultant; former mayor, City of Cambridge

Legislative Updates

What’s next and why does it matter? Learn about the role of renewable energy in Massachusetts, job growth, business development, financing, and affordability. Get the facts from the experts.
Erica Mattison Legislative Director, Environmental League of Massachusetts
Kathleen Theoharides Director of Climate and Global Warming Solutions, MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Dan Bosley Government Relations Consultant, Northeast Clean Energy Council

Coastal & Water Projects

Learn about a range of climate adaptation strategies being implemented in communities. Hear about local natural systems restoration, green infrastructure, and stormwater projects.
Scott Horsley Principal, Horsley Witten Group
Julia Knisel Coastal Shoreline and Floodplain Manager, MA Coastal Zone Management
Barbara Warren Executive Director, Salem Sound Coastwatch

Workshop:  Chart a Course to Career Success

Set the stage for your next job, whether you are a student, volunteer, career changer, or career advancer.  This presentation will encompass goal setting, communicating your value, and asking for what you want when negotiating compensation.
Amanda Peters Associate Director & Career Coach, Office of Career Advancement, Harvard Kennedy School Career Development Strategy Worksheets
Michelle Waters Ekanem Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Grassroots, Government and Environmental Justice

People, power and politics drive change. Hear from organizers & experts about solar for low income citizens, and healthy homes and communities.  Everyone has a right to clean air, water, and affordable clean energy.
Rick Reibstein Lecturer, Environmental Law, Boston University & Harvard University Extension
Joel Wool Advocate, Energy & Environment, Clean Water Action
Jerrold Oppenheim Co-Owner, Democracy & Regulation

Walking Tour: Large Scale Solar and Cutting Edge Lighting

Tour Endicott’s 945KW solar parking lot canopy.  On the way there, tour some cutting edge lighting installations in a variety of space types, and learn about how lighting has cut Endicott’s carbon emissions even more than large-scale solar.  Hear about lessons learned and get your questions answered.
Sarah Hammond Creighton Director of Sustainability, Endicott College
Kelly Cota Principal, Wicked Watts

2:30 – 3:30 SESSIONS

Innovations in Transportation

Explore multi-modal transportation choices, electric vehicles, and flying transit pods. How we move from one place to another is changing rapidly.
Galen Mook Marketing and Advocacy, Landry’s Bicycles
Mike Stanley CEO, Transit X

Solar Energy Prospects

Learn about solar for public entities and nonprofits, the link between solar and other carbon reducing technologies, battery storage support for solar projects, and solar careers.
Matt Shortsleeve VP, Solect
Timothy D’Souza Business Development, Direct Energy Solar
Zac Bloom Director, Sustainability and Renewables, Competitive Energy Services
Kevin Doyle Principal, Green Economy

Expand Your Network

Meet exhibitors and other conference attendees.  Expand your network.  Take time to talk and discuss what is happening.  Meet in the exhibit hall.
Jen Boudrie Conference Director

Workshop:  Sustainable Development and Collaboration

Work through an engaging activity to explore current and future goals for sustainability while taking into account the current political climate to determine constructive and proactive responses.  Insights generated will be shared with attendees and via social media.
Debra Shepard Principal, Riverstone Sustainability