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Joseph B. Martin Conference Center May 31, 2014

May 31, 2014 Dear Neighbor, It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Greenovate Boston Community Summit, the City of Boston’s first city-wide sustainability summit. I am honored that Boston continues to lead the way in environmental stewardship and climate action. Home to the oldest city park, one of the most successful harbor clean-ups, and the first green building zoning code in the U.S., Boston is now renowned for its sustainability efforts. In the past year alone, we were ranked the number one city for energy efficiency programs and policies, and were welcomed into the C40, an invitation-only global network of cities on the front line of preparing for and helping prevent climate change. We are making measurable progress reducing greenhouse gas emissions, making our homes and businesses more energy efficient, increasing bikability, and cultivating a booming green-tech and green-collar job market. None of this could have happened without you. Your commitment, energy and drive has pushed Boston forward to tackle one of the most important challenges of our time. I want to personally thank you for being here today, and for your continued efforts to help make Boston the greenest, most climate-prepared city in the U.S. Sincerely, Martin J. Walsh Mayor of Boston


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Contents Agenda..................................................................................4 Facility Maps..........................................................................6 Speakers...............................................................................10 Marketplace of Ideas.........................................................14 Innovation Sessions.............................................................16 Greenovate Boston Awards..............................................18 Carbon Cup Recipients.....................................................19 Sustainability at the Summit...............................................24 Summit Sponsors..................................................................30 Ways to Engage at the Summit.........................................31 Ways to Engage after the Summit................... Back Cover

Wifi Access: Network: HMS Public (No password required)




9:30 am

Doors Open, Coffee, and Marketplace of Ideas Location: Main Foyer

10:00 am

Introduction: Summit Program Begins Location: Amphitheater Charles Zhu and Leah Bamberger, Greenovate Boston

10:15 am

Welcoming Remarks Location: Amphitheater Welcome Speaker: Brian Swett, Chief of Environment, Energy & Open Space, City of Boston

10: 35 am

Keynote Speakers: Activating Boston to Address Climate Change Location: Amphitheater

Keynote Speakers: – Beverly Scott, General Manager of the MBTA – Geoff Chapin, CEO of Next Step Living – Cynthia Loesch, Vice President, Codman Square Neighborhood Council

Moderator: Wilson Rickerson, CEO, Meister Consultants Group

11:10 am

Interactive Moderated Discussion with Keynote Speakers Location: Amphitheater

12:00 pm

Break for Refreshments and Marketplace of Ideas Location: Main Foyer

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Agenda 12:30 pm

Greenovate Awards with Mayor Walsh Location: Amphitheater Moderator: Brian Swett, Chief of Environment, Energy & Open Space, City of Boston

1:30 pm

Lunch and Marketplace of Ideas Location: Café and Main Foyer

2:25 pm

Innovation Sessions – Round 1 Locations: see page 16

3:30 pm

Innovation Sessions – Round 2 Locations: see page 16

4:35 pm

Summit Wrap-up Location: Amphitheater Moderator: Wilson Rickerson, CEO, Meister Consultants Group

5:00 pm

Word of Thanks and Close Location: Amphitheater Closing Speaker: Brian Swett, Chief of Environment, Energy & Open Space, City of Boston


Ground Floor

Elevators Courtyard (Museum of Science Renewable Energy Discovery Zone)


Exit to Avenue Louis Pasteur

Marketplace of Ideas Innovation Sessions Registration Plenary Sessions


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First Floor A/V

Marketplace of Ideas Innovation Sessions

Bray Room

Registration Plenary Sessions




Pechet Room


CafĂŠ (Lunch)


Amphitheater (Balcony)


Second Floor 216



214 Rain Location for Museum of Science Program

Marketplace of Ideas Innovation Sessions Registration Plenary Sessions


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Third Floor


Rotunda B

Rotunda A Marketplace of Ideas Innovation Sessions Registration Plenary Sessions



Beverly Scott General Manager Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Dr. Scott was appointed the General Manager of the MBTA in December 2012. Her responsibilities include oversight of the Commonwealth’s 15 Regional Transit Authorities and MassDOT’s freight and passenger rail program. She is the first female General Manager and second African American in the 115-year history of the MBTA. Dr. Scott’s career in the public transportation industry spans more than three decades, and includes executive/senior leadership positions with the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJT), the Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority (WMATA), and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). Her visionary leadership, results-driven management style, and progressive approach to labor management relations have made her renowned throughout the U.S. and North American transit industry, and her ability to manage change earned her the honor of “Transportation Innovator of Change” by President Barack Obama. In May 2012, the MBTA signed the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Sustainability Commitment Pledge. Transit agencies that sign the pledge commit to instituting procedures, policies and programs focused on water, energy, fuel, greenhouse gas emissions, waste, and recycling. The MBTA’s first submittal under the APTA Sustainability Program earned the transit organization “Gold” Recognition Level!


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COMMUNITY SUMMIT 2014 Cynthia Loesch Vice President Codman Square Neighborhood Council Ms. Loesch, a Dorchester native, emerged as a sustainability leader at age 13 when she founded B.O.L.D. Teens - a youth-led social and environmental justice group. Since then, she has continued to serve her community in a number of ways. While attending Boston College, Ms. Loesch continued to lead B.O.L.D Teens and also served as President of the Codman Square Neighborhood Council. Her efforts included developing the Codman Square Farmers Market, promoting healthier developments and parks, organizing local merchants, participating in Boston’s Climate Action Plan, creating the Boston Youth Police Connection, and assisting with the development of the Governor’s first Statewide Youth Council. In addition to all of Ms. Loesch’s great community work outside her home, she also completed the construction of Dorchester’s first certified LEED-Platinum home, which received the Mayor’s Green Home Renovation and Resource Conservation Award in 2012! Just last month, she was selected by Mayor Walsh to serve as a member of Boston’s 2014 Climate Action Plan Steering Committee.


Geoff Chapin CEO and Founder Next Step Living Mr. Chapin founded Next Step Living in 2008 after years as a teacher and strategy consultant focused primarily on non-profits and community development. He approaches his role as CEO with a sense of practical activism and an unwavering commitment to solving environmental problems. His business strategy focuses on creating strong cross-sector partnerships with public utilities, schools, churches, nonprofits, and other community organizations. Through these partnerships, he hopes to create neighborhoods that consume less energy and save money for residents and businesses. A member of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s Implementation Advisory Committee on the Global Warming Solutions Act and board member of the New England Clean Energy Council, Mr. Chapin is a familiar face on Beacon Hill, in the clean energy community and in the greater Boston community. When he started Next Step Living with three colleagues, Mr. Chapin knew he wanted to create something different – the whole-home approach to home energy efficiency. But he never imagined that five years and almost 70,000 households later, the company would be named No. 84 on the Inc. 500 list of fast-growing companies!


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COMMUNITY SUMMIT 2014 Brian Swett Chief of Environment, Energy, & Open Space City of Boston Chief Swett is Mayor Walsh’s top appointed official on sustainability. He oversees Parks & Recreation, the Environment Department, and Inspectional Services. He also serves as the Mayor’s appointee to the boards of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA), Boston Groundwater Trust, Boston Harbor Islands Alliance, and the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership. He also represents the City on the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, the State’s Global Warming Solutions Act’s Implementation Advisory Committee, and the State’s Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee. Over the last year, Mr. Swett has led a variety of major policy and program intiatives in Boston including developing and passing a building energy disclosure ordinance; launching Greenovate Boston; and kicking off Climate Ready Boston, a set of climate preparedness initiatives focused on Boston’s built and natural environment. Prior to his Boston appointment, Chief Swett oversaw LEED and sustainability related initiatives at Boston Properties, including Atlantic Wharf – Boston’s first LEED-Platinum Certified skyscraper. He also led a program for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency centered around learning from international best practices in green building, integrated permitting, smart growth, and urban planning for domestic adaptation and application.


Marketplace of Ideas - Ground Floor women men




Bray Room

stairs stairs





Pechet Room

Exhibitor Locations


Marketplace of Ideas - First Floor cafĂŠ

To Pechet & Bray Rooms



open to courtyard

Amphitheater Balcony

open to below


Exhibitor Locations stairs


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About the Marketplace of Ideas Get to know over 20 of the leading Boston businesses, institutions, and community groups that are helping Boston neighborhoods address climate challenges! Visit the Marketplace throughout the day and during the dedicated times in the agenda to meet with representatives from local companies and organizations and learn about the innovative products, services, programs, and activities they offer. Ground Floor Boston Climate Action Network

Next Step Living

Boston Recycling Coalition

NStar / Northeast Utilities

Climate Action Liaison Coalition


Conservation Services Group

Renew Boston

EcoThermal Filters

Roxbury Technology


Save That Stuff

Greenovate Boston


Mass Energy Consumers Alliance


Massachusetts Clean Energy Center


National Grid


First Floor A Better City Boston Cyclists Union Fairmount/Indigo Line CDC Collaborative Foundation for a Green Future HomeHarvest


Innovation Sessions The Innovation Sessions are highly interactive 55 minute workshops on climate and sustainability topics run by community members and local businesses. Nine workshops will run in parallel during both rounds of Innovation Sessions. Sustainable, Edible and Organic Gardens in Boston Ben Barkan, HomeHarvest Community-based Solar Energy Programs Lilah Morrissey, HEET (Home Energy Efficiency Team)

Amphitheater (Ground Floor) Bray Room (1st Floor)

Zero Waste Vision for Boston Adam Mitchell, Save That Stuff Alex Papali, Boston Recycling Coalition

Pechet 1 (1st Floor)

Making Low-Stress Bicycling Possible for Everybody Peter Furth, Northeastern University and Boston Cyclists Union

Pechet 2 (1st Floor)

Buildings and Energy Efficiency Amy Vavak, Mass Energy

Room 214 (2nd Floor)

Zoning and Tax Policies to Encourage Resilience Arlen Stawasz, CBT Sustainable Design Group Bryan Glascock, City of Boston

Room 216 (2nd Floor)

Community Engagement for Boston Climate Initiatives Ninya Loeppky, Boston Climate Action Network

Room 217 (2nd Floor)

Plant-based Eating: How to Encourage this Earth-Friendly Action David Havelick, Harvard School of Public Health & Board Member of the Boston Vegetarian Society

Rotunda A (3rd Floor)

Reflection on the Past, Preparing for the Future: How to Make Boston Resilient to Sea Level Rise Nina Chase, Sasaki Dragana Kovacevic, Boston Architectural College Susan Pranger, Vidaris and the Boston Landmark Commission

Rotunda B (3rd Floor)


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For Kids and Parents: Explore the Renewable Energy Discovery Zone! Hosted by the Museum of Science Street Team

Stop by the outdoor courtyard for a family-friendly program hosted by the Museum of Science Street Team (11 am – 3 pm) Courtyard (Ground Floor) Rain location: 2nd Floor Lounge • Explore different types of renewable energy! • Try out hands-on demos! • Build your own solar-powered oven to take home!


The 8th Annual Mayor’s Greenovate Awards The Greenovate Boston Awards recognize outstanding sustainability leadership across the city of Boston, including businesses, community organizations, non-profits, residents and institutions. This year’s awards focus on the theme of collaboration and engagement. The awards are a special time for Mayor Walsh to recognize those in Boston that are helping the City reach its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2020. Mayor Walsh is proud to announce this year’s winners at his first ever Greenovate Boston Awards: The Boston Architectural College and Halvorson Design Partnership, INC Green Alley Project

Veolia Energy Green Steam Pipeline

Planet Southie Community Organizing

Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation Community Organizing

Ace Auto Body Hazardous Waste Reduction

Bon Me Food Truck Sustainable Food Systems

Codman Square Health Center Green Building & Education

P&G Gillette, Boston Site Energy Conservation

Tim Hall, CERO Cooperative Community Leadership

Curley k-8 School Waste Reduction

Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH) Community Climate Preparedness Learn more:


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The Mayor’s Carbon Cup The Mayor’s Carbon Cup, which was launched earlier in May, showcases building portfolios that have committed at least one million square feet of building space to a 35% reduction in greenhouse gas intensity by 2020 from a 2005 baseline. With the launch of this new program, Mayor Walsh welcomes four building portfolios to the Cup! Massachusetts General Hospital - Partners HealthCare Achieved: >35% reduction in GHG intensity per licensed bed over 5.6 million square feet Brigham and Women’s Hospital - Partners HealthCare Committed: 35% reduction over 3.1 million square feet Harvard University Achieved: 35% reduction in GHG intensity per square foot over 1.1 million square feet Committed: 30% absolute reduction across entire North American campus by 2016 Boston University Achieved: 35% reduction in GHG intensity per square foot over 1.1 million square feet Committed: 35% reduction across 5.2 million square feet The goal of both the Mayor’s Greenovate Awards and Carbon Cup is to recognize outstanding leadership, and inspire others to follow. Boston is extremely fortunate and proud to have such fantastic leadership year after year! Learn more:


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2010, E+ Energy Positive Green Buildings and Communities 2013, Climate Change Preparedness and Resiliency Checklist - Review Requirement


2013, Article 89 Urban Agriculture


2013, EcoDistrict Summit and Pilot


2014, Citywide Energy Study

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Sustainability at the Summit The support of vendors and partners is helping make the Greenovate Boston Community Summit a more sustainable and low-carbon event! Mass Energy Consumers Alliance is offsetting the electricity used during the event with 100% local wind power. That means that renewable energy is going onto the grid on the Summit’s behalf, displacing the need for fossil fuel power.

CrowdComfort is donating use of their crowd-sourced comfort and maintenance technology to help ensure a comfortable conference environment. Download the CrowdComfort app (free from the Apple App Store or Google Play) and report site-specific comfort and maintenance issues in real-time using your smart phone.

Use this QR Code in the Amphitheater:

Use the app to scan the Amphitehater QR code on this page or the unique QR codes which are posted in 12 locations around the Summit.


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Restaurant Associates, the catering service of the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, has taken a number of steps to provide its services in more sustainable ways: Local Food: Restaurant Associates is working with local farmers and produce distributors to provide our guests with fresh seasonal foods while supporting our local communities, reducing food miles, energy used for refrigeration, and packaging waste. Sustainable Seafood: The world’s stock of wild seafood is threatened with extinction due to over-fishing. Restaurant Associates adopted a policy in 2006 to replace endangered species with more environmentally sound alternatives. Zero Trans-Fat: Restaurant Associates is committed to providing healthy menu items and has transitioned to non-hydrogenated, zero trans-fat oils for both cooking and frying. Fair Trade Coffee: All coffee provided for events in The Joseph B Martin Conference Center is Fair Trade Starbucks Coffee. Milk Produced Without Synthetic rBGH: All milk served in the Conference Center is rBGH free, produced by dairy cows that have never received injections of synthetic bovine growth hormone. Recycling: Recycle bins are located around Conference Center to help divert recyclable materials from landfills. Composting: As part of the Conference Center’s sustainability efforts, Restaurant Associates composts all leftover food, turning kitchen waste back into nutrients that can be mixed with soil to enrich it.




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Thank you to our Sponsors! GOLD



SUPPORTER Embue HomeHarvest Mass Energy Consumers Alliance Next Step Living 30

Norwex Save That Stuff Soutenir Viridian

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We want to hear from YOU! Share your questions and ideas throughout the day The 2014 Climate Action Plan Update is being created for and by all Bostontians. That means we need your input, and that is what today is all about. There are many ways to share your ideas, questions and comments at Summit: Write on the Community Q&A board! Participate online via Ideactive at: Fill out the worksheet--complete all activities to get your free Greenovate Boston schwag! Attend an Innovation Session--we'll be taking notes! Talk to each other and talk to us! Nothing beats a little face-time.


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Continue the Conversation Online after the Summit! Four easy ways to connect with the City and fellow Bostonians: Greenovate Boston @GreenovateBos #EngageBos Connect with fellow Bostonians. Propose and discuss climate solutions.

Greenovate Boston Community Summit Program  

The Summit is a one-day event that’s all about empowering the Boston community to address climate change and help make Boston the greenest,...

Greenovate Boston Community Summit Program  

The Summit is a one-day event that’s all about empowering the Boston community to address climate change and help make Boston the greenest,...