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8:00-8:30 Registration, Exhibits, Networking
8:30-9:30 Keynote: Making Sustainability History
Hear from extraordinary people advancing sustainability.
Annawon Weeden Educator, First Light Foundation
Greg Watson Director for Policy and Systems Design, Schumacher Center for New Economics
Mary O’Donnell CEO, No Fossil Fuel LLC; Clean Power Inc.
Scott Durkee Director, Energy Office, City of New Bedford
Massachusetts Milestones: Past, Present, Future
Hear how policies have impacted the state and communities environmentally and economically.
Marc Pacheco Senator, State of Massachusetts
Scott Durkee Director, Energy Office, City of New Bedford
Low Carbon Transportation
EVs (electric vehicles) and public transit are trending. Learn about EV infrastructure and purchasing options for home and business, a proposed transportation RGGI (Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative), and a new line of EVs for campus and community fleets.
Larry Chretien Executive Director, Energy Consumers Alliance of New England / Mass Energy
Josh Ostroff Partnerships Director, Transportation for Massachusetts (T4MA)
Aaron Stegemann Director, Strategic Accounts, GemCar/Polaris
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.
Ellen Douglas Associate Professor of Hydrology, School for the Environment; Graduate Program Director, MS/PhD programs in Environmental Sciences and Marine Science & Technology, UMass Boston
Darci Schofield Senior Environmental Planner, MAPC
Nancy Durfee Climate Resilience Officer, Town of Scituate
Valerie Massard Director of Planning, Town of Duxbury
Campus Sustainability: Challenges, Achievements, Plans
Hear about projects and partnerships that advance sustainability practices and education.
Kathy Driscoll Environmental, Health, Safety & Sustainability Officer, Mass Maritime Academy
Gallagher Hannan Director of Operations, Mill City Grows
Ruairi O’Mahoney Director of Sustainability, UMass Lowell
Schools can be learning labs where students engage in sustainability-related projects. Students give presentations that describe their projects.
Dighton-Rehoboth High School - The Community Watershed
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical High School - Eliminating the organic waste stream from the cafeteria and restaurant, and using multiple compost methods
Engagement: Policy and Action
Leading advocates talk about 100% renewable energy goals, coastal ecosystem protection, and efforts to use safer chemicals in Massachusetts.
Ben Hellerstein State Director, Environment Massachusetts
Korrin Petersen Senior Attorney, Buzzards Bay Coalition
Pam Eliason Senior Associate Director and Training Manager, Toxics Use Reduction Institute, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Solar Challenges and Solutions
Learn about amazing solar projects, net-zero-energy, solar + storage and “SMART”, the new MA solar program.
Steven Strong President, Solar Design Associates
Haskell Werlin Government Affairs, Solar Design Associates
The Water Planet: Problems & Solutions
Our water planet needs more protection from pollution. Hear about global and local challenges and opportunities.
Barbara Burgess Founder and Chair, Women Working for Oceans (W2O)
Rick Reibstein Lecturer, Environmental Law and Policy, Boston University and Harvard DCE; Retired Senior Environmental Analyst, State of Massachusetts
Facilities Management – A Greener Decade
Significant improvements have happened statewide in buildings and facilities. Learn about achievements, innovations, a marine learning lab, and much more.
Betsy Isenstein Director, Energy and Sustainability, Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance, State of Massachusetts
Steven Lohrenz Dean and Professor, School for Marine Science and Technology, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
Compelling Student RESEARCH
Hear from students doing work for environmental agencies and organizations like DEP, EEA, Boston Public Health Commission, community developers, and others.
Brandeis University Students
Transforming Space – Sustainable Food & the Kingston Market
Boston University Students
Medical Symptoms of Toxic Exposure
Community Electricity Aggregation
Bees & Neonics
12:00-1:15 Lunch, Exhibits, Networking
Sustainable Development: Designing Communities for the Future
Greener landscapes, smart urban design, and planned community projects are transforming communities. The community of tomorrow will look a bit different and it is being created today!
Scott Horsley Principal, Horsley Witten Group
Tony Green Managing Partner, The Pinehills
Working Together: Connecting Energy Needs & Resources
Cross-sector work and innovative projects get the job done. Learn about Solarize Mass, a nonprofit co-op installing 32 MW of solar and wind on the Cape and Islands, and Massachusetts’ Green Communities program updates.
Matt Arner President, Solar Flair
Liz Argo Manager, Cape & Vineyard Electric Cooperative
Joanne Bissetta Deputy Director, Green Communities Division, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
Sustainable Lifestyles & Education
Living smarter, simpler and better with less includes organic farming, net zero energy, and helping to educate others.
Janice McPhillips Farm Educator and Outreach Coordinator, Friends of Holly Hill Farm
Peter Kane Environmental Science Instructor, Norfolk County Agricultural High School
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?
Cate Arnold Faculty Advisor, Boston Latin School Youth Climate Action Network, BLS Freight Farm, EPIIC, Boston Latin School
Robert Gomes Community Outreach Coordinator, Greater New Bedford Regional Technical High School
Better Building Solutions
Buildings are often the source of the highest emissions within the control of residents, cities, towns, and campuses. Zero energy frameworks figure out how buildings are doing and what you need to do.
Seth Federspiel Net Zero Energy Planner, Cambridge
Travis Anderson Design Director, Placetailor
Organic, Local, Sustainable Food
Hear about current trends in local farming practices and farm-to-consumer enterprises that serve schools and colleges.
Karen Schwalbe Executive Director, Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP)
Jen Faigel Executive Director, Commonwealth Kitchen
Everyone has a right to be protected from environmental pollution and to live in and enjoy a clean, healthy environment!
Deneen Simpson Environmental Justice Director, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Danah Tench Deputy General Counsel, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Explore education, work experience, personal interests, and steps for fulfilling work that you love.
Michelle Waters Ekanem Director of Diversity and Civil Rights, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Kelly DeMello Care and Action for Students Team, Career & Professional Services, Mass Maritime Academy
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