Program

8:00-8:30 Registration, Exhibits, Networkingmasccc collage v6

8:30-9:30 Keynote:  Making Sustainability History

9:45-10:45 SESSIONS

1
Massachusetts Milestones: Past, Present, Future
Hear how policies have impacted the state and communities environmentally and economically.

2
Low Carbon Transportation
EVs (electric vehicles) and public transit are trending. Major manufacturers sell EVs.  Electric buses and trucks are on the road.  Municipalities are looking into EV fleets. Learn about EV infrastructure, charging stations and EV incentives/rebates such as leasing EV cars to try them out and group buying to reduce costs.

3
Weathering Storms: Research and Resilience Strategies
We saw super high tides and flooding early this year.  How did your community or campus do? Check out research and resilience strategies in the face of a changing climate.

4
Campus Sustainability: Challenges, Achievements, Plans
Hear the latest about what’s happening on campus.

5
Student Posters Show Ten Years of Change
Students take stock of where we were ten years ago, where we are now and where we want to go in the future.  Learn about changes in Massachusetts energy, transportation, water, food, waste buildings, and more.

11:00-Noon SESSIONS

6
Citizen Engagement:  Policy and Action
Advocates and lobbyists take on important topics and talk strategy.

7
Solar Challenges and Solutions
Learn about an extraordinary history, amazing solar projects, and current challenges facing solar today.

8
Working Together:  Connecting Needs and Resources
Cross-sector work and innovative projects get the job done.

9
Facilities Management – A Greener Decade
Historical changes have happened on campuses in the past decade. What changes stand out and what does the data story tell?

10
Student Engagement in Projects
Schools can be learning labs where students engage in sustainability-related projects.

12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-1:15 Exhibits, Networking
1:15-2:15 SESSIONS

11
Sustainable Development: Designing Communities for the Future
Landscape restoration, smart urban design, and coastal energy projects are transforming communities.  The city of tomorrow will look a bit different and it is being created today.

12
The Water Planet: Problems & Solutions
Our water planet needs more protection from pollution. Hear about global and local challenges and opportunities.

13
Sustainable Lifestyles & Education
Living smarter and simpler with less includes microfarms, microgrids, zero waste, net zero energy, tiny homes, and many other options.

14
Creative Approaches to Sustainability in Schools
Explore strategies for incorporating sustainability into projects.  What hasn’t been done before or could be done in a different way? How are we making history by being innovative?

15
Compelling Student Research
Hear from students doing work for environmental agencies and organizations like DEP, EEA, Boston Public Health Commission, and others. Research includes studies on bees, neonicotinoids, tree retention, clean water data, toxics in hair products, and community choice aggregation.

2:30-3:30 SESSIONS

16
Better Building Solutions
Buildings are the source of the highest emissions within the control of cities and towns, and campuses. Zero energy frameworks figure out how buildings are doing and what you need to do.

17
Organic, Local, Sustainable Food
Pioneers are advancing healthy food production practices, better consumer choices, and improved lifestyle options. 

18
Health & the Environment
Nontoxic materials support a safer, healthier, more productive environment for students, staff, and employees.  Healthy practices can be implemented at campuses, K-12 schools, municipal buildings, workplaces, and homes.

19
Career Development
Explore education, work experience, personal interests, and steps for fulfilling work that you love.

3:30-4:00 Exhibits, Networking

 

More info to come. Subject to change.