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Boston’s Future Buildings: How Do We Get To Net Zero?
Thursday, June 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Second part of our mini-series TRANSITION TO GREEN LIVING covers sustainable ways to retrofit the energy and space of our buildings.
Co-hosted by Boston Clean Energy Coalition.
The dynamic panel of speakers include:
Matt O’Malley—Boston City Council Chair, Environment & Sustainability Committee (Moderator)
Cammy Peterson—Director of Clean Energy, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)
Joan Fitzgerald—Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University
John Cleveland—Executive Director, Boston Green Ribbon Commission
Stephanie Horowitz—Managing Director, ZeroEnergy Design
Henrietta Davis—former Mayor of Cambridge
The most effective work to create a clean energy future needs to happen in our cities and towns. We can be more nimble, targeted, and successful than the federal government and move our country forward by taking steps locally to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Boston has a tremendous opportunity to show how our state and our nation can accelerate this transition by maximizing energy efficiency and local, renewable sources of energy. The initial Imagine Boston 2030 report describes a major construction boom but does not call for the state-of-the-art efficiency requirements essential to keeping this development from locking us into new fracked- gas infrastructure to power new buildings and decades of dependence on fossil fuels.
We urgently need net-zero carbon requirements for all new buildings in Boston. This forum asks the question: How do we make net-zero carbon construction happen in Boston? There are certainly technical, financial, legal, and political challenges, but how do we get to YES?
Boston Clean Energy Coalition (BCEC)
BCEC is currently comprised of leaders from the groups below. We hope to accelerate the transition to a clean, green economy by fostering collaboration among sectors that include city development, community development, architecture, finance, academia, labor, environmentalists, and faith-based organizations. We seek strong, democratic political leadership and a process that develops sound public policy—both of which must have a constant and concerned eye on our future.