4th Annual
Massachusetts Sustainable Economy Conference
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Massachusetts State House
Great Hall
24 Beacon Street Boston MA 02113

Cost: Free Admission
Limited Seating

Register HERE

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.



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? Is energy resilience possible? By when and with what technologies and practices? Join diverse multi-sector energy leaders in this critical discussion. This dialogue provides an understanding of key issues concerning the Massachusetts energy sector.

Conversation Leaders:

Massachusetts State Senator Benjamin B. Downing, Chair, Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (Moderator)

Steven Clark, Undersecretary of Energy, MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Alicia Barton, CEO, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC)

Michael Jacobs, Senior Energy Analyst, Climate & Energy Program, Union of Concerned Scientists

Howard Herzog, Senior Research Engineer, Carbon Capture and Sequestration Technologies Program, MIT Energy Initiative

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 for building resilience in a changing climate. 

Conversation Leaders:

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 Remarks

State Representative Frank I. Smizik, Chair, House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm Networking







The annual Massachusetts Sustainable Economy Conference builds bridges within and across Massachusetts' government, business, academic, non-profit and community sectors to foster a viable 21st century economy

Developed By

ISES Planning

In Partnership with

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 
House Committee 
Global Warming and Climate Change