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Climate Equity: MetroCommon 2050 Speaker Series

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Join us for the MAPC Clean Energy Forum on climate equity, part of the MetroCommon 2050 Speaker Series.

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Climate Equity x MetroCommon 2050

Eliminating carbon emissions. Advancing equity and resilience. Public health. Economic growth. How do we align those critical needs?

That's what the MAPC Clean Energy Forum will dig into on December 11. We’ll have stimulating keynotes, the launch of original research on social vulnerability and climate change, and an art installation — join us!

Light breakfast and beverages will be served.

Learn more about MetroCommon 2050, Greater Boston's next regional plan: https://metrocommon.mapc.org.

Opening Keynotes on Climate Justice

Our keynote speakers will share their perspectives on why it is critical for our climate work to center around equity in keynote presentations and moderated discussion :

  • Nicole Hernandez Hammer, Project Director, Clean Energy States Alliance
  • Sandhya Murali, Co-Founder, Solstice
  • Varshini Prakash, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Sunrise Movement

Zero to 101 with MAPC

Through net zero planning, cities and towns can set personalized community goals and targets for reducing carbon emissions. We'll briefly talk about net zero planning and MAPC's Zero to 101 resources, case studies, and technical assistance opportunities.

Mapping Vulnerability to Climate Change

The impacts of climate change are not distributed equally. MAPC is mapping social vulnerability to climate change in Metro Boston and providing municipalities with a framework to address equity in their net zero plans: be one of the first to hear about this exciting new research!

Five x Five Panel: Creating Access to Quality Jobs on Our Pathway to Zero

How can we ensure that our efforts to build a workforce to participate in the new green economy are equitable? Five panelists will provide lightning round presentations to highlight successful local approaches.

Climate Perspectives Art Installation

MAPC's Climate Perspectives project brings seldom-heard voices to the climate equity conversation, communicating what matters most in the quest for climate resilience: protecting people and their livelihoods. Through sculpture and video, our art installation elevates the voices of workers from the construction, farming, fishing, and home health care fields on how climate change is already affecting their industries.

More on our keynote speakers

Nicole Hernandez Hammer is a Project Director for the Clean Energy States Alliance, where she works on low and moderate income solar. Prior to this role, Nicole participated in CESA’s DOE Solar Energy Strategies grant as a consultant to the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, working primarily with community groups in the state. She is a well-known climate change expert, sea-level researcher, and environmental justice advocate. A Guatemalan immigrant, she has worked to address the disproportionate impacts of climate change on under-resourced communities across the US. She served as the climate science and community advocate at the Union of Concerned Scientists, as the Florida field manager for Moms Clean Air Force, and as an environmental blogger for Latina Lista. Before that, she was the assistant director of the Florida Center for Environmental Studies at Florida Atlantic University, and coordinated the Florida Climate Institute’s state university consortium. She co-authored a series of technical papers on sea level rise projections, impacts, and preparedness. Her activism and initiative on climate change earned her an invitation from First Lady Michelle Obama, to be her special guest at the 2015 State of the Union address. is a Project Director for the Clean Energy States Alliance, where she works on low and moderate income solar. Prior to this role, Nicole participated in CESA’s DOE Solar Energy Strategies grant as a consultant to the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, working primarily with community groups in the state. She is a well-known climate change expert, sea-level researcher, and environmental justice advocate. A Guatemalan immigrant, she has worked to address the disproportionate impacts of climate change on under-resourced communities across the US. She served as the climate science and community advocate at the Union of Concerned Scientists, as the Florida field manager for Moms Clean Air Force, and as an environmental blogger for Latina Lista. Before that, she was the assistant director of the Florida Center for Environmental Studies at Florida Atlantic University, and coordinated the Florida Climate Institute’s state university consortium. She co-authored a series of technical papers on sea level rise projections, impacts, and preparedness. Her activism and initiative on climate change earned her an invitation from First Lady Michelle Obama, to be her special guest at the 2015 State of the Union address.

Sandhya Murali is Co-founder and COO of Solstice, an award-winning social enterprise dedicated to expanding access to clean energy to all Americans. Prior to joining Solstice, she worked at Barclays’ investment banking division in New York and London, advising and executing public equity transactions for Technology, Media and Telecom companies. She was also deeply involved in Barclays’ philanthropy work with Endeavor, Women’s World Banking, and Barclays’ Social Innovation Fund. Sandhya holds a BBA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she received the Sustainability Certificate.

Varshini Prakash is the Executive Director and co-founder of Sunrise, a movement of young people working to stop climate change, take back our democracy from Big Oil, and elect leaders who will fight for our generation's health and wellbeing. As an undergrad at the University of Massachusetts, she took on the fossil fuel industry by pushing her university to stop investing in coal, oil, and gas. She led the campaign to victory after a 2-week long escalation involving thousands of students, alumni, and faculty. Varshini has been a leading voice for young Americans, including last fall when she helped lead a mass demonstration for the Green New Deal that went viral and put climate change on the map for Congress. Varshini's work has been featured in the New York Times, the New Yorker, TeenVogue, BBC, The Washington Post and more. Varshini currently lives in East Boston, MA.

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