Program

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

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

9:45-10:45 SESSIONS

1
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

2
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

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.
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

4
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

5
Student PROJECTS
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

11:00-Noon SESSIONS

6
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

7
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

8
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

9
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

10
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
     Tree Retention

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

1:15-2:15 SESSIONS

11
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

12
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

13
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

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?
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

2:30-3:30 SESSIONS

15
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

16
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

17
Environmental Justice
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

18
Career Development
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

3:30-4:00 Networking
EXHIBITS OPEN ALL DAY 8am-4pm