Agenda

8:00-8:30 Registration, Exhibits, Networking

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8:30-9:00 Welcome
Henrietta Davis  
Former Mayor and City Councillor, City of Cambridge
Rev. Adam Lawrence Dyer  Lead Minister, First Parish in Cambridge
Ayanna Pressley  US Congresswoman, House of Representatives (Invited)

9:00-9:55 SESSIONS

1
Buildings and Cities
Learn about leading efforts in solar roofs, better building efficiencies, net zero energy communities, green electricity aggregation and more at the municipal level.
Ed Lewis  Energy Manager, Watertown 
Nikhil Nadkarni  Energy Planner, Cambridge Community Development
Meghan Shaw  Outreach Director, Cambridge Energy Alliance

2
Campus Student Leaders
Hear from student environmental club and sustainability organization leaders about interests, activities, achievements, and plans.
Campus Student Leaders

3
Clean Energy:  Integrated Systems
Learn about communities working with utilities, utility transmission restrictions and local microgrid solutions to make local energy systems resilient, envisioning a new utility business model, integrating building and transportation energy systems, and large scale solar farm and rooftop solar trends.
Julie Lynch  Project Manager, Municipal Facilities Capital Program, Cambridge Department of Public Works
Steven Strong  President, Solar Design Associates
TBA  ReVision Energy

4
Faith-Based Earth Stewardship
Transforming faith into action for communities and ecology is a calling heard by all religions. Learn about progress and plans.
Rev. Karen Brammer Manager  UUA Green Sanctuary Program
Rev. Adam Lawrence Dyer  Lead Minister, First Parish in Cambridge
James Nail  Executive Committee Member, Interfaith Power and Light

5
WALKING TOUR: Green Harvard
Discover what Harvard University is doing to advance sustainability.

10:00-10:55 SESSIONS

6
Environmentally Preferred Products and Practices
Hear from pioneers about toxic reduction strategies and educating the next generation of environmental champions.  Learn about initiatives, legislation, and cost effective purchasing choices for public health and the environment that reduce waste, noise, and toxics in our communities and on our campuses.
Rick Reibstein  Lecturer, Environmental Law and Policy, Boston University; Retired Senior Environmental Analyst, State of Massachusetts
Ken Geiser  Founder, Mass Toxics Reduction Institute; Author; Professor Emeritus, UMass Lowell
Maureen Barends  Director, Strategic Sourcing Services, Operational Services Division, State of Massachusetts

7
School and Community Collaborations
Learn about exceptional models:  1) Third grader beach stewards and shoreline scientists led community action to ban single-use plastics. 2) A Sustainathon campus/community event included organic agriculture, biodiversity, water conservation, food justice, urban forestry, wildlife conservation, city sustainability, renewable energy, sustainable buildings, and waste/water recycling.
Eric Magers  Executive Director, Seaside Sustainability
Ben Wildrick  Elementary Science Specialist, Brookwood School
Reena Randhir Ph.D  Director of STEM Starter Academy, Springfield Technical Community College
Robert Dickerman Ph.D  Dean, School of Science & Engineering Transfer
Matthew Deninger  Green Ribbon Schools Program Manager, Director of Resource Allocation Strategy and Planning, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

8
Food:  School Gardens and Campus Farms
The growing school garden and campus farm movement lays the groundwork for better educated students and more sustainable food choices.
Bridget Meigs  Farm Manager, Stonehill College; Coordinator, 2018 Campus Farmer Summit; Co-Chair, Campus Farmer Steering Committee, FINES Farm to Sea Campus Network
Katie Folts  Director, Educational Outreach, Mass Hort; Director, Mass Hort’s School Garden Conference
Jane Hirschi  Executive Director, CitySprouts

9
Grassroots and Government
Grassroots groups are the foundation of our democracy.  Learn about the inspiring work of organizations – their missions, achievements/impacts, and goals.
Simon Metcalf  Member, Sunrise Movement
Audrey Schulman  Co-Founder and Executive Director, HEET
Kate Heffernan  Organizing Director, Environmental Voter Project

10
WALKING TOUR: School Building
Tour a middle school in Cambridge to learn about energy features and sustainability initiatives.  This LEED Platinum, near net-zero school, is the second highest scoring new LEED-for-Schools project in the nation.

11:00-11:55 KEYNOTE

Shaping the Future of Sustainability
Hear from extraordinary leaders about achievements and future plans.
Bill McKibben (via video) Author, Educator, Environmentalist, Co-Founder of 350.org
Ruthann Fuller  Mayor, City of Newton
Marc McGovern  Mayor, City of Cambridge
Adam Chapdelaine  Town Administrator, Town of Arlington
Joan Fitzgerald Professor, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University; Author, Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability and Economic Development

12:00-12:55  LUNCH

1:00-1:55 SESSIONS

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State and Municipal Mitigation
The state has come out with hazard mitigation planning and money for our 351 towns and cities to do their planning and use it wisely. Hear about projections and amazing info about increased risks.  Also learn how the state is helping communities to identify and mitigate potential hazards from facilities with chemical/toxic/waste storage near flood-prone or storm-vulnerable areas.
Sarah White  Hazard Mitigation Officer, State of Massachusetts
Maia Rodriguez-Semp  Chemical Policy Analyst, Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance (OTA)

12
Campus Sustainability Management
Sustainability directors present on progress and plans.
Claudine Ellyin  Sustainability Health & Safety Officer, Facilities, Mass College of Art & Design
Michael Fiorillo  Member of BAC’s Sustainability Council and Director of Sustainable Design, Boston Architectural College

13
Clean Energy:  Supply Chain
The process of integrating clean energy into community energy systems requires understanding regional supply chains, grid modernization, aggregation, Green Community incentives, regional cooperatives, and local resources available to make a clean energy infrastructure.
Joan Fitzgerald Professor, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University; Author, Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability and Economic Development
Jen Benson State Representative, State of Massachusetts
Liz Argo  Manager, Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative

14
Sustainability Changemakers
Understanding what needs to happen to make our future more sustainable goes to the heart of shaping a more sustainable future in our communities.
Jack Leng  Education and Outreach Coordinator, Boston Area Gleaners
Tabitha Yeager  LEED Program Prep Specialist, EcoRise

15
WALKING TOUR: Sustainable Urban Lifestyles
More than half our population lives in cities where work, school, shopping, and recreation are nearby. Take a walk in one of the most highly rated communities for sustainability in the nation.
Quinton Zondervan  Cambridge City Councillor

2:00-2:55 SESSIONS

16
Land Use
Forests, farms, and lawns are common ecosystems found in our communities. Learn about healthy soils and policy work. Also check out planning processes that chart a more sustainable future for land use in communities concerned with development.
Bob O’Connor  Forest and Land Policy Director, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, State of Massachusetts
Lauren de la Parra  Project Coordinator, Shaping the Future of Your Community Program, Mass Audubon

17
Strong Women, Strong Girls
Hear from organizations creating opportunities for girls to learn and women to lead.
Rachelle DeCoste PhD Associate Professor, Wheaton College; Co-Founder, Summit for Women in STEM
Kristi Marsh  Founder, Savvy Women’s Alliance and Choose Wiser

18
Water:  Nature-Based Watershed Solutions and Blue infrastructure Work
Emerging technologies provide cost effective alternatives to traditional, gray infrastructure.  Co-benefits include the creation of local jobs, the preservation of real estate values, and habitat enhancement.  Hear about a nationally-recognized watershed planning project on Cape Cod. Also learn about Merrimack watershed’s history, modern challenges and local solutions.
Rusty Russell  Executive Director, Merrimack River Watershed Council
Scott Horsley  Founding Principal, Horsley Witten Group; Adjunct Faculty, Harvard Extension and Tufts University

19
Transportation:  EVs, Bikes
EV and biking infrastructure is on the rise in communities.  Learn about the infrastructure and resources.
Galen Mook  Executive Director, MassBike
Anna Vanderspek  Manager, Energy Programs and Drive Green Program, Green Energy Consumers Alliance

20
WALKING TOUR:  First Parish
Tour this historic 1833 meeting house with the parish building manager to see and hear stories about the energy retrofits and other sustainability features.

3-3:55 Closing Remarks, Specific Interest Group Discussions, Networking
After brief closing remarks, choose a specific interest group and join the conversation; talk about your interests and what you learned during the day.
Rick Reibstein  Lecturer, Environmental Law and Policy, Boston University

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