Greening Cities with Energy Efficiency: MIT 5th annual Community Energy Innovations Symposium

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Friday, May 2, 2014
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst Street

Our theme this year is Greening Cities with Energy Efficiency:  How do cities think about, and work with, energy efficiency as part of their sustainability initiatives?

Cities and community organizations continue to move forward as catalysts of energy efficiency in the built environment, and so we are excited to invite you to an expanded 5th annual MIT Community Energy Innovations Workshop and Symposium. With emphasis on highlighting the work of students and recent graduates, we consider howlocal action is moving to the forefront as a strategy to save energy and mitigate climate change!

The 11:30 Plenary session will include a keynote by Carl Spector  - Director of Climate and Environmental Planning at City of Boston – declared #1 city for energy efficiency by the ACEEE! Carl will discuss how Boston’s innovative energy efficiency programs and regulations fit into Boston’s broader climate mitigation and adaptation program.

Afternoon panel sessions provide a setting for students and practitioners to engage and consider pathways to greater successJoining current students, panels will include recent grads who are now leading practitioners (partial list):

  • Jenny Edwards (MCP 2009) – Manager – Pathways for Local Action – Minnesota Center for Energy and Environment
  • Eric Mackres (MCP 2010) – City/Community Programs Manager – American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
  • Gabe Shapiro (MBA 2008) – VP City/Town Partnerships – Next Step Living (leading New England energy efficiency services company).

Pre-workshop 9 – 11:30 AM: Green Economic Development with Commercial Energy Efficiency: will highlight initiatives to expand/transform commercial building energy efficiency with strategies developed by MIT CoLab’s Green Economic Development Initiative.  Presentation of cases and findings with guests from city government and private industry, followed by roundtable discussions.

Networking: lunch 12:30 – 1:30, and reception 4:00 – 5:00.

Please join us!  Free – all invited to both events! Register here

Generously sponsored by NSTAR, and the CoLab Green Economic Development Initiative.

Workshop leaders:  Harvey Michaels, Karl Seidman,  MIT Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning Workshop Coordinator - Tara Aubuchon