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1st Massachusetts Sustainable Communities Conference

Friday, April 15, 2011 at 8:00 AM (EDT)

Marlborough, MA

1st Massachusetts Sustainable Communities Conference

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1st Massachusetts Sustainable Communities Conference

"Best Practices for Local Sustainability"

April 15, 2011 | Holiday Inn | Marlborough, MA

Full Conference Details at www.MaSustainableCommunities.com

  

THE CONFERENCE

Massachusetts is greening its communities.  The Massachusetts Sustainable Communities Conference strives to answer the timely question "What are best practices for local sustainability?" by showcasing experts and exhibitors who provide sustainable community guidance, a forum for stakeholders (government, education, business, community), updates about communities across the state, and networking opportunities.

THE OBECTIVES

  • Learn from leading experts about current local best practices and plans for sustainabilty
  • Network with local and regional sustainability peers and professionals
  • Go home with knowledge and resources for community sustainability

WHO SHOULD ATTEND 

  • Local Government Staff:  Energy/Sustainability Committees, Facilities, DPW, Purchasing, Conservation/Environment, Planners, Councilors, Selectmen, Economic Developers 
  • Community Leaders and Members
  • Business and Academic Staff
  • People Interested in Community Sustainability

THE EXHIBITORS  

  • State/Local Government Resources
  • Businesses Services and Products
  • Community Organizations
  • College Sustainability Programs

Details at www.MaSustainableCommunties.com

SPONSORS

Many thanks to two premier sponsors:  Ameresco and The Cadmus Group.

THE PRESENTERS

Fifty leading experts from government, education, business and communities.  Details at www.MaSustainableCommunities.com

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE & TOPICS

7-8a   REGISTRATION, NETWORKING, BREAKFAST

 

EXHIBITS OPEN

 

7a-4:30p

8-9a   KEYNOTE SPEAKERS  Mark Sylvia, the newly appointed Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (MA DOER).  Mark was a Town Manager in Plymouth and became the first Director of the MA DOER Green Communities Division.  Jim Walker, VP and Director of Solar Grid-Tie Projects at Ameresco.  His projects include the first Solar PV Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) in Massachusetts for the 500 KW system in the City of Newburyport.  Jim is on the board of MIT's Enterprise Forum.

 

EDUCATION & COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY 

Gain knowledge from experts describing sustainable community characteristics, college programs that support community sustainability, and best practices in communities.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

 

What are Green Committees doing in towns and cities across the commonwealth?

 Hear about best practices and discover new resources.

LOCAL BUSINESS

 

What’s new in the local business world? 

 Hear from businesses that driving the local green economy and sustainability. 

COMMUNITIES & MORE 

Learn about land use and transportation, local organizations improving sustainability, and resources to help improve sustainability in your community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

COACHING

& TECHNICAL SUPPORT

 

9:15 -noon

 

9:15-10:30

 

What is Community Sustainability?

 

Municipal Energy Best Practices

 

Marketing Strategies to Affect Change

 

Land Use and Transportation Choices

10:45-noon

College Programs that Impact Local Sustainability

 

Green Community Grant Programs and Beyond

 

Regional, Local, and Backyard Sustainable Food Systems

Community Organizations: Local and Online

12:10-1:20  LUNCH  Feel free to join facilitated roundtables with experts and peers to explore best practices.

 

EDUCATION ROUNDTABLE

Discuss local workforce development at an Education Roundtable

 

MUNICIPAL ENERGY COMMITTEE ROUNDTABLE

Talk with Municipal Energy Committee members about proactive practices and results 

SMALL BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE 

Join a Small Business Roundtable to discuss local initiatives that succeed

 

COMMUNITY NETWORKING

Network with Community Neighbors in your region of Massachusetts

 

 

 

 

 

 

COACHING

& TECHNICAL SUPPORT

 

 1:30-4

 

1:30-2:45

Best Practices in  Communities:  Energy, Water, Materials Management, Green Purchasing, Land Use, Transportation, Food

The Economics of Sustainable Development

 

 

Locally-Produced Energy Choices:  PPAs and more

 

 

Funding Resources and Technical Assistance

 

 

3-4

 Best Practices in  Communities:  Energy, Water, Materials Management, Green Purchasing, Land Use, Transportation, Food

Exhibitor Showcase

Small Businesses Boost Local Green Economies

 

Exhibitor Showcase

7am-4:00pm  NETWORKING

 

COACHING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

Sit down with one of 8 sustainability experts at the conference for one-on-one coaching and technical support at no additional charge. Experts are from MA Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Green Communities Program, The Cadmus Group, MA Office of Technical Assistance (OTA), TNZ Energy, Mass Rides, and more.

FREE raffle and display of 6 excellent books about Community Sustainability.

TICKET FEE covers exhibitors, speaker sessions, roundtable discussions, coaching and technical support, book raffle, continental breakfast and lunch.

GREEN EVENT FEATURES

Selected local/organic food and/or beverage items

Carbon offset by www.LiveCooler.org

Ridesharing information www.viamerge.com

Conference ride share page: http://viamerge.com/trvswitch.php?eventid=m330284000

INFORMATION

Full Conference Information at:  www.MaSustainableCommunities.com

Contact:  Jen Boudrie, Conference Director, T 508-481-0569, JenBoudrie@gmail.com

UPDATES

This registration webpage will be updated with details as the conference date nears.

Have questions about 1st Massachusetts Sustainable Communities Conference? Contact the organizer

When & Where


Marlborough Holiday Inn Ballroom
265 Lakeside Avenue
Marlborough, MA 01752

Friday, April 15, 2011 at 8:00 AM (EDT)


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