MIT Community Energy Innovations Symposium

Greening Cities with Energy Efficiency
MIT 5th Annual Community Energy Innovations Symposium 
Friday May 2nd, 2014  |  9 am - 5 pm |  MIT Media Lab, 6th Floor |E14-674

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Please see the latest agenda (below) – great guests, featuring Carl Spector, and presentations of the achievements and ideas of current students and recent grads! And dozens of organizations to meet – community organizers, government, services, technology, financing!

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 how local action is moving to the forefront as a strategy to save energy and mitigate climate change!


9:00 – 11:30 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 including Paul Andersson, Bellevue Washington Environmental Stewardship Initiative, and David Strauss, A Better City, followed by roundtable discussions

11:30 -12:15 Welcome and Plenary Session Carl Spector  - Director of Climate and Environmental Planning at City of Boston- will discuss how Boston’s innovative energy efficiency programs and regulations fit into Boston’s broader climate mitigation and adaptation program. Also speaking/responding will be Paul Gromer, President of Peregrine Energy Group, a Boston-based leading community efficiency planning firm and Audrey Schulman, President of HEET, a Cambridge-based Efficiency Community Organizer working with cities across the region.

12:15-1:00  Lunch

1:30-4:00 Afternoon sessions provide a setting for students and practitioners to engage and consider pathways to greater success. The sessions explore new program models (such as PACE financing, community-based marketing, one-stop shop ), and new tools (such as energy disclosure, community mapping, social media).  Two recent student research projects will be presented:

·      Kentucky Community Efficiency:  Ryan Cook and Brian Bowen,  Energy planning in rural and small-community contexts

·      Cambridge Multifamily Efficiency Pilot: Callie Seltzer, Alexis Howland, Adi Nochur, Overcoming barriers in tenant-occupied housing.

     Joining current students, panels will include recent grads who are now leading green cities strategies and solutions:

·      Jenny Edwards (MCP 2009) Minnesota Center for Energy and Environment

·     Eric Mackres (MCP 2010) Community Programs Lead, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

·     Gabe Shapiro (MBA 2008) VP City/Town Programs, Next Step Living

·     Jason Jay (Sloan PhD 2010), Lecturer, Sustainability Initiative at MIT Sloan

·     Josh Sklarsky (MCP 2010), New Ecology

·      Nikhil Nadkarni (MCP 2012) City of Boston Buildings and Climate Program

·     Brittany Zwicker (Tufts MCP 2012), CLEAResult

·      Eduardo Berlin (Harvard MCP 2010), Mapdwell


4:00-5:00 Reception