Program

masccc 2015 pics 1

2015 Sessions & Lunch

8-8:45am REGISTRATION
Breakfast snack, whole fruit

8:45-9:30 KEYNOTE
Sustainability by Land and Sea:  Advancing Sustainability in Communities and on Campuses
Massachusetts has often played a significant role in American history.  Among modern and novel achievements, our campuses today offer timely research to communities striving for resilience, adaptation to climate change and proactive sustainable development solutions.
   Ellen Douglas Associate Professor, School for the Environment, UMass Boston
   Presentation: Impact of Sea Level Rise on Greater Boston, Green Infrastructure, and Planning

9:45-10:45 SESSIONS

1
Municipal Sustainability
Hear about sustainability achievements, community support and plan updates on topics such as:  energy, water, waste, food, open space, climate, and getting to zero (energy, waste, emissions).
Henrietta Davis (Moderator), Policy Consultant, former Mayor of Cambridge
   Donna Holaday Mayor, City of Newburyport
   Brendhan Zubricki Town Administrator, Town of Essex

2
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 Energy Manager, Tufts University
   John MacDonald Energy Manager, Engineering & Energy Management, Boston College

3
Our Oceans & Climate Change
The oceans drive our weather systems and can give us a wake up call 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)

4
Eco-Career Forecasts for 2017
Check out the latest in environmental, conservation, sustainability, & 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

5
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.
   Andrew Fischer Attorney
   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

6
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

7
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

8
Energy Storage, Microgrids, 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

9
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

10
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

11
Dynamic Actions Lead to Results
Discover the latest about natural gas leak mapping, plastics bans, solar installations, interfaith collaborations, or 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

12
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.
   Cat Bartolini Sustainability Coordinator, Endicott College
   James Harrison Executive Director, The Food Project

12:00-1:15 Exhibits, Networking, Lunch in Dining Hall

1:15-2:15 SESSIONS

13
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

14
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

15
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.
   Wendi Goldsmith President, Center for Urban Watershed Renewal
   Julia Knisel Coastal Shoreline and Floodplain Manager, MA Coastal Zone Management
   Barbara Warren Executive Director, Salem Sound Coastwatch

16
Workshop:  Chart a Course to Career Success
Set the stage for y our 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.
   Michelle Waters Ekanem Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
   Amanda Peters Associate Director & Career Coach, Office of Career Advancement, Harvard Kennedy School

17
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

18
Walking Tour: Large Scale Solar and Cutting Edge Lighting
Tour Endicott’s 945KW solar parking lot canopy.  On the way there, we will also tour some cutting edge lighting installations in a variety of space types, and talk 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

19
Workshop:  Sustainable Development and Collaboration
Working through engaging activities, participants will explore current and future goals for Sustainable Development against the current political backdrop to determine constructive responses.  Insights generated will be shared with all attendees and via social media posting.
   Debra Shepard Principal, Riverstone Sustainability

20
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

21
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

22
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