Our 2018 conference gathered 200 people from 4 states, 15 nonprofits, 25 businesses, 35 schools & colleges, and 50 Massachusetts communities.
How did the conference benefit you?
- I’m likely to make a stronger stand against wasteful use of natural resources.
- Coastal processes & climate resiliency planning that were presented will benefit my work in an adjacent community. Same for agriculture presentations; I can bring lessons learned to my work with new knowledge of how it’s done elsewhere.
- We’re in the process of designing a new school and will take the information and try to implement these ideas in the design.
- Networking opportunities
- Met potential collaborators. Gained insight on municipal sustainability programs.
- Found a speaker to come talk at my school and made a couple of connections that I will follow up on in my role as Sustainability Director
- I met some amazing people and wanted to networked more.
- We’ll be building a new school in the next 3 years. Our team took away a lot of good information on how to utilize green initiatives.
- I learned about a bunch of stuff I didn’t previously know about but it’s too soon to know about any changes.
- I made some good contacts.
- Information I learned about sustainable building systems – designs, solar, retrofit options – can directly be applied to my work.
- Will make new contacts for solar design and installation work.
- Most of the benefit to me was from people I met at lunch and after sessions were over, conversations that started in the session carried over into the hallway. No real changes in sustainability practices as a result of the conference, but a lot of ideas for improvements in how I do my job which is to teach others about sustainability.
- I attended to see the variety of local sustainability efforts and organizations here in New England as I investigate how to make a career switch. I’m getting in touch with several speakers for informational interviews / casual meetings to learn more about their work.
- Lunch was good; having outside time during lunch was a good idea. Having students present research at the conference in their own “track” was great – have not seen that at other conferences I’ve been to and it’s a good idea.
- Boston Solar
- Cape & Vineyard Electric Cooperative
- 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
- Unity College Online
The annual Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference connects stakeholders from communities, campuses, companies, and nonprofits. Everyone wanting to learn about best practices, current trends, and resources will find this conference timely, practical and valuable.
- Engage in cross-sector dialogues
- Learn about best practices and current trends
- Go home with knowledge and resources to advance community and campus sustainability
- Government: Municipal and state elected and non-elected officials and staff
- Education: University, college, training, K-12, staff, faculty and students
- Business: Owners and representatives
- Community: Non-profit group leaders and members
- Everyone interested in learning about sustainability
45 Presenters + 4 Student Groups
Leading experts and practitioners from communities, campuses, businesses, government, and non-profits
- Business products and services
- College certificate and degree programs
- Non-Profit organizations
- The conference purpose and mission
- Reduced printing, packaging and conference materials
- Zero Waste includes recycling, composting, and donating unserved food to local shelter. This year our unserved vegetarian wraps from Vela Juice Bar were donated to the SSAC/Emergency Assistance Food Program in Plymouth.
- Carbon offset for annual conference travel and building energy is a donation to a local organization. This year the donation was given to Annawon Weeden of First Light Foundation to support his excellent culture and nature programs.
The $30-$75 registration fee covers keynote presentation, breakout sessions, exhibitors, lunch, and networking.
An advisory team of professionals representing communities, education, business, government and nonprofits; and an on-site conference team helped with this conference which was created and hosted by Green Workforce Training.
Click on presenters’ names to view PowerPoint presentations.
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
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
EXHIBITS OPEN ALL DAY 8am-4pm
MILESTONES CELEBRATION 2018
Milestones to Celebrate
Millions across the Commonwealth are advancing sustainability day by day, action by action. Here are some amazing milestones:
Sterling installs a Municipal Microgrid
Cuttyhunk Island Microgrid powered by solar
Scituate has 100% Municipal Wind
New Bedford owns 16MW Solar
Holyoke has 95% Carbon Free Electricity
Northampton is the first 5-STAR Community
Cambridge voted most Walkable City in the USA
150 do Municipal Electric Aggregation aka CCA
Green Communities designation reaches 210
#1 in Energy Efficiency, Mass Save data, Energy Efficient state buildings
Water Conservation measures are working (conservation and fixing leaks reduced peak use by more than half)
Clean energy snapshot
25,000 acres preserved with CPA funding
Toxics reduction and organizing in communities
Natural gas leaks mapped in Massachusetts
Pipeline protests have been effective
Plastic bags banned in 61 Communities
36 years of Organic Farming advocacy
Innovation & Achievements
Greentown labs in Somerville
Community Supported Agriculture increased 95% since 2007
2000+ LEED Buildings in Massachusetts
Hundreds of EV charging stations
100+ Bike paths in Massachusetts
Climate action in higher education
Over 100 land trust and conservation organizations
200+ Active compost sites in Massachusetts
Solar dock in New Bedford