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Bolaji Olateru-Olagbegi, Samantha Morton, and Katharina Voehler in Plymouth Harbor after their presentations at the MA Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference.

BU students’ work featured at Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference

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April 30th, 2018
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Since 2010 environmental conference organizer Jen Boudrie has brought hundreds of people together at the premiere event in Massachusetts for environmental experts, professionals, activists, officials and academics. At this year’s conference in Plymouth Harbor, three BU students presented their work in the class Research for Environmental Agencies & Organizations (GE 532).  Samantha Morton researched how to promote the retention of trees for state conservation officials, and with others provided a review of the scientific literature on the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on bees to the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.  Bolaji Olateru-Olagbegi presented her project for the Boston Public Health Commission, investigating whether health providers understand that some of the symptoms they see might be caused by toxic exposures, and with Katharina Voehler explained the work their team performed for the City of Boston on Community Choice Aggregation – bulk purchasing of energy for residents that can be used to promote cleaner energy (and local generation of cleaner energy).  Instructor Rick Reibstein also presented at the conference on the history and future of clean water, including water quality data analyses that Alex Kerr and Michael Silano conducted for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.


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April 12, 2018

Jen Boudrie

Event: The 8th Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference connects stakeholders from government, grassroots, education, and business to promote best practices.  The event will be April 27 at Hotel1620, Plymouth, MA.  Details are available at www.MaSustainableCommunities.com.

Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses

April 27, Hotel1620, Plymouth, MA

Plymouth, MA – Massachusetts continues to advance sustainability at every level. From grassroots to government, colleges to companies, future-minded individuals and groups not only implement, they initiate, and innovate.  And, most importantly, they share ideas and resources.

Communities and campuses will be sharing best practices when local and state experts come together at the 8th Massachusetts Sustainable Communities & Campuses on Friday, April 27.

“This conference connects people from coastal and inland communities, and from small and large campuses in the state,” says conference director Jen Boudrie. “This year our theme, Making Sustainability History, shines a light on achievements in communities, campuses and The Commonwealth.”

The keynote speakers will be Southeast Massachusetts residents: Annawon Weeden of First Light Foundation, Greg Watson of the Schumacher Center for New Economics, Mary O’Donnell of No Fossil Fuel and Clean Energy Inc, and Scott Durkee from the City of New Bedford.

Sustainability solutions are expanding statewide. Eighteen workshops will be led by recognized experts:  Nancy Durfee, Climate Resilience Office, Scituate; Valerie Massard, Planning Director, Duxbury; Kathy Driscoll, Health, Safety & Sustainability Officer, Mass Maritime Academy; Barbara Burgess, Founder of Women Working for Oceans; Steven Lohrenz, Dean and Professor, School for Marine Science and Technology at UMass Dartmouth; Scott Horsley, Principal of Horsely Witten Group; Tony Green, Managing Partner of The Pinehills; Liz Argo, Manager of Cape & Vineyard Electric Cooperative; Marc Pacheco, Massachusetts State Senator;  Janice McPhillips, Educator and Outreach Coordinator of Friends of Holly Hill Farm; Peter Kane, Environmental Science Instructor, Norfolk County Agricultural High School; Robert Gomes, Community Outreach Coordinator, Greater New Bedford Regional Technical High School; and Karen Schwalbe, Executive Director of Southeast Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership; to name a few.

Conference director, Jen Boudrie, an instructional designer and sustainable development advocate, creates the conference with the support of an advisory group and on-site conference team comprised of professionals from government, business, education and communities. “Each year we hear about success stories from all over Massachusetts,” Boudrie says. “Every municipality and college campus is doing something.

Speakers this year represent Massachusetts cities and towns such as:  Cambridge, Duxbury, Kingston, New Bedford, and Scituate.  Campuses include: Boston University, Mass Maritime Academy, and UMass Dartmouth.

State agencies include the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management, and the Department of Environmental Protection.

Organizations & Businesses represented are:  Mass Energy, Environment Massachusetts, Buzzards Bay Coalition, Acadia Center, and more.

Exhibitors include:  Boston Solar, Cape & Vineyard Electric Cooperative, CoolGreenPower, Elutions, GemCar, Green Mountain College, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Regenerative Design Group, RES Solar, Sierra Club Massachusetts, Solar Design Associates, Solar Flair, Solect Energy, Tufts University, and Unity College Online.

Full details about the conference can be found at www.MaSustainableCommunities.com

Jen Boudrie


The 8th Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference, April 27, 2018

Stakeholders from local and state government, grassroots, business and education gather to share best practices and resources to advance sustainability

Hotel1620, Plymouth, MA

Annawon Weeden of First Light Foundation
Greg Watson, Director for Policy and Systems Design, Schumacher Center for New Economics
Mary O’Donnell, CEO No Fossil Fuel and Clean Energy Inc
Scott Durkee, Director, Energy Office, City of New Bedford

45 Government, grassroots, business, and education experts share their knowledge and experience in 18 workshops

Educators, municipal employees, students, community leaders, business partners, the public – any and all people interested in learning about and expanding sustainability initiatives in communities and on campuses in New England

The $60 entrance fee covers 45 speakers, 15 exhibitors, 18 workshops, lunch, and networking.  Register online before April 20.  Walk-in registration is $75. Conference details are at www.MaSustainableCommunities.com.

An advisory group and on-site conference team comprised of professionals from government, business, education and communities

Jen Boudrie