Massachusetts Sustainable Economy Conference
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street Boston MA 02113
Cost: Free Admission
How Resilient is Massachusetts? Addressing Climate Change
The actions of Massachusetts in building resilience to the consequences of climate change will shape our ability to adapt and prosper now and in the long term.
Across the United States extreme weather and other climate impacts are affecting communities and businesses. To contribute to climate change resilience, the 4th Annual Massachusetts Sustainable Economy Conference brings together multi-sector leaders to explore both short term tactics and long-term strategies.
Network with and learn from Massachusetts' diverse, multi-sector stakeholders in this exclusive dialogue that looks at current issues, emerging solutions and markets that can contribute to Massachusetts' climate change resilience.
9:30 am Registration Opens
10:00 am - 10:10 am Opening Remarks
Crystal Johnson, Founder and Senior Environmental Planner and Strategist, ISES
10:15 am - 11:15 am Dialogue I: Energy System Resilience in a Changing Climate
What new strategies, technologies, companies and jobs are contributing to Massachusetts achieving its nation-leading energy goals? Join diverse multi-sector energy leaders in this critical discussion. This dialogue provides an understanding of key issues concerning the Massachusetts energy sector.
Dewayne Rogers, Green Ambassador, Boston Green Academy
Massachusetts State Senator Benjamin B. Downing, Chair, Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (Moderator)
Steven Clark, Assistant Secretary of Energy, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Alicia Barton, CEO, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC)
Michael Jacobs, Senior Energy Analyst, Climate and Energy Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
Howard Herzog, Senior Research Engineer, Carbon Capture and Sequestration Technologies Program, MIT Energy Initiative
11:15 am - 11:20 am Break
11:20 am - 12:20 pm Dialogue II: How is Massachusetts Building Climate Change Resilience?
A dynamic dialogue with Massachusetts Thought Leaders who will share and reflect on current issues pertaining to how Massachusetts is preparing realistic achievable strategies and implementing progressive programs for building resilience in a changing climate.
Brittany Doherty, Senior, UMass Dartmouth, Sustainability and Organizational Behavior and Leadership
Massachusetts State Senator James B. Eldridge, Vice Chair, Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change (Moderator)
Brian Swett, Chief of Environment and Energy, City of Boston
John Kassel, President, Conservation Law Foundation
Matthew Patsky, CEO, Trillium Asset Management
Anamarija Frankić, Ph.D., Director, Green Harbor Projects, Faculty at UMass Boston and Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography, Split, Croatia
12:20 pm – 12:30 pm Closing Ceremony
State Representative Frank I. Smizik, Chair, House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm Networking