Sustainability Symposia Series

Sponsored by:
Noresco





UMass Dartmouth Sustainability Office




SRPEDD


UMass Dartmouth Sustainability Office

Dear Colleague:

We are writing to invite you to a series of action-oriented seminars to help municipalities served by the Southeast Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD) realize the financial and environmental benefits of energy efficiency, renewable energy generation, and local food production.

Developed by the Southeastern Massachusetts Council on Sustainability, the UMass Dartmouth Office of Campus and Community Sustainability, and SRPEDD, the four seminars will focus on:  Municipal Energy Efficiency; Cultivating Wind Energy; Cultivating Solar Energy; and Promoting Local Food Production. These sessions will speak to zoning bylaw development as well as other issues that tend to be stumbling blocks.

Invitations are being sent to municipal officials and community members  in each of SRPEDD's 27 communities. We hope that you will join us or assign one of your colleagues to represent your community as we come together as a region pursuing sustainable objectives.

Seminars will include presentations by local, state, and national authorities and panels of local leaders. There will be time for discussion about regional initiatives as well as opportunities to interact with Green Communities officials and Energy Savings Companies.

Our overarching goals for these seminars are:

  1. To help our communities reap the financial benefits of energy savings, renewable energies, and local food production;
  2. To help communities develop coordinated strategies for siting renewable energy installations;
  3. To support SRPEDD communities considering Green Communities designation with resources available from the  Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources;
  4. To share best practices in by-laws and other approaches;
  5. To develop a regional collegial dialogue about the energy and food issues facing Southeastern Massachusetts.

The seminars are:

  • November 8 (8:30-1:00) Energy Efficiency keynoted by Rick Sullivan, MA Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs.  Other speakers include Steve Grattan from NStar, Steve Smith from SRPEDD and officials from Fairhaven, Lakeville and Mansfield.  They will introduce the numerous programs  available to help Massachusetts cities and towns become more energy efficient in their buildings, streetlights, vehicles and public works operations - REGISTER HERE
  • January 10: Solar Energy keynoted  by Mark Sylvia, Commissioner of Mass Department of Energy Resources. This seminar will feature discussions on how to write and adopt municipal solar energy zoning/siting by-laws, renewable energy requirements for becoming a Green Community;  information about the state's Solarize Mass pilot project underway in 17 cities and towns; issues relating to utility interconnection of solar power;  the growth of solar installations on closed municipal landfills; and more - REGISTER HERE
  • February 7: Wind Energy keynoted by Steven Clarke, Assistant Secretary for Energy. Massachusetts has seen a 33-fold increase in installed wind energy generation since 2007, with 100 megawatts now installed - enough to power over 31,600 homes and eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from over 21,500 cars annually. With abundant wind resources offshore, along the coast, and in the higher elevations of Central and Western Massachusetts, wind energy presents an opportunity to reclaim much of the approximately $18 billion Massachusetts sends out of the state to purchase energy.  Barbara Kates-Garnick, Energy Undersecretary, MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs will keynote this seminar devoted to answering questions related to local siting of wind energy projects.  Join local and state wind energy experts to learn the benefits and challenges of wind power, municipal wind energy siting, the renewable energy requirements for becoming a Green Community, and more.-  REGISTER HERE
  • March 7: Food Security keynoted by Greg Watson, Commissioner of Mass Department of Agriculture.  With droughts and increasingly uncertain food supplies and prices, food security is becoming an important issue for all regions of the globe. Luckily, Southeastern Massachusetts has an abundance of fertile soils, though not all available plots are being cultivated and many that once were lost their markets to large industrial farming and international produce trade. - REGISTER HERE

Register for the seminars here. Please mark your calendars for the 2013 gatherings and let us know if we can answer any questions.  We look forward to growing a critical mass of supportive community representatives that can help each other move the Southeastern Massachusetts forward in its sustainability achievements.

Susan Jennings

Director, Office of Campus and Community Sustainability UMass Dartmouth


Steve Smith

Executive Director, SRPEDD

 

Energy Efficiency Symposium Recap

Here are some of the PowerPoint presentations from the Energy Efficiency Symposium on November 8, 2012. They are in PDF format.

Photos of the event:

 

Walkable Communities Photos

Below are photos from our Creating Walkable Communities event on September 20, 2012. Speakers included Wendy Landman, Executive Director of WalkBoston, Jason Schrieber of Nelson/Nygaard, and Steve Cecil of The Cecil Group. A video will follow.

 

Creating Walkable Communities

Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 1:00PM - 5:00PM
UMass Dartmouth Woodland Commons

 

What is it that makes you want to stroll a neighborhood? Why do some city centers and town villages draw you to be out on foot? Please join us on September 20th as we host three speakers who will help us envision how Southeastern Massachusetts can transform village and urban areas towards greater walkability. We'll explore planting trees and other greenery; sidewalks, streetscapes and parking; building designs and vistas for pedestrian centers.

Anyone should come who is interested in greening up their city or town, or sharing how their neighborhood already encourages visitors and residents to park their cars and walk around. We'd like to have participation from municipal planners, environmental activists, and SouthCoast residents. The workshop will include tips and stories of how walkable neighborhoods have been established elsewhere, and it will also offer time for discussion of questions and suggestions from participants. Speakers include:

  • Wendy Landman, Executive Director of WalkBoston
  • Jason Schrieber of Nelson/Nygaard
  • Steve Cecil of The Cecil Group

This event is the first in our new series, 'Sustainable Cities.' This series, co-sponsored by the Urban Initiative and the Sustainability Initiative of UMass Dartmouth, will involve conversations about the ways we can capitalize on the assets of our urban communities to promote a low-carbon future. Register for the event here. To request more information on upcoming events in this series, contact Colleen Dawicki at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Susan Jennings at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Annual Meeting 2012 Presentations and Photos

Here are the the PowerPoint presentations from March 29th's annual meeting, "Economic Benefits of Sustainability to Southeastern Massachusetts".

All presentations are presented as PDFs.

Photos of the meeting:

We will have video soon.

 
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About the Council on Sustainability

The Southeastern Massachusetts Council on Sustainability was established by the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth (UMD) and the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD) to provide education, advice and assistance on the broad issue of sustainability in Southeastern Massachusetts.

The Council acts as a leadership forum and network to connect, facilitate, support and coordinate sustainability efforts and initiatives throughout Southeastern Massachusetts.

The Council acts as a regional coordination point for targeted efforts at achieving sustainability in food and agriculture, transportation, energy, natural resources and economic development. The Council will work to unite these elements into a regional plan for sustainability.

The Council will endeavor to secure and provide technical support by identifying expertise within UMD, SRPEDD and among regional resources for sustainability efforts and initiatives throughout the region.

Council membership is open to all who wish to participate.   Representatives from UMD and SRPEDD shall act as co-chairs. The Council may establish or support subcommittees for food and agriculture, transportation, energy, natural resources and economic development, or other areas as needed.


Welcome

To Officials, Citizens and Organizations in Southeastern Massachusetts concerned with Sustainability:



The future of our region and indeed our planet depends upon our making choices today that are sustainable fifty to one hundred years from now.  The decisions about how we develop land, use natural resources, consume energy and govern ourselves will have repercussions far into the future.

Many disparate groups and individuals in Southeastern Massachusetts have been working on these concerns under the umbrella of sustainability.  Included are those promoting local agriculture and farming, advocating for solar and wind energy, and planning for alternative methods of transportation.  Many have participated in a recent series of “regional exchanges” sponsored by UMass Dartmouth’s Sustainability Initiative and Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD).


We feel that it is time to unite these efforts as the Southeastern Massachusetts Council on Sustainability.  UMass Dartmouth and SRPEDD are taking the lead to organize the Council and we invite you to participate by appointing yourself or someone to represent your organization to the Council.

The purpose of the Council is to provide education, advice and assistance on the broad issue of sustainability in Southeastern Massachusetts.  The Council will act as a leadership forum and network to connect, facilitate, support and coordinate sustainability efforts and initiatives throughout Southeastern Massachusetts.  (See attached Statement of Organization).

For more information about the Council and the region’s efforts toward achieving sustainability, please contact Susan Jennings at UMass Dartmouth (508-910-6484; sjennings@umassd.edu ) or Louise Hardiman at SRPEDD (508-824-1367; lhardiman@srpedd.org ).