University Hosts Forum on Green Communities Act


The University will participate in the National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions with a forum, What does the new Green Communities Act mean for Massachusetts?  

The Green Communities Act encourages energy reform, including utility investments in energy efficiency and the use of renewable power and clean technologies.

The forum, to be held from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, February 5, 2009, at Suffolk University Law School, will feature a distinguished panel of speakers from government, industry, and advocacy organizations.

Panelists will discuss how the new Green Communities Act will impact energy efficiency, renewable energy, green jobs, and the Massachusetts electricity market.

Panelists include:

  • Massachusetts Undersecretary for Energy Ann Berwick,
  • Barbara Batshalom, LEED AP, executive director of the Green Roundtable
  • Nick d’Arbeloff, executive director of the New England Clean Energy Council
  • Kalila Barnett, senior organizer for the Boston Green Justice Coalition.

“With this forum, we hope to raise awareness around recent legislative changes designed to promote greener communities,” said Susan M. Prosnitz, executive director of the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service, which brings together policymakers, academics, private industry, and community activists to address current public policy issues that affect people at the state and local levels. 

The event will feature a short film, Solutions for the First 100 Days, which addresses ways that president-elect Barack Obama can implement policies to reverse the effects of global warming.

The National Teach-In will engage millions of Americans at thousands of campuses and other institutions in a dialogue about the clean energy transformation that can stop global warming and renew the American economy and spirit. 

It offers an opportunity for young people to interact with national political leaders and other key decision-makers in critical face-to-face discussions about their future.

The forum is free and open to the public. It is presented by The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service, Suffolk University Facilities Planning & Management, and the Suffolk University Environmental Law Society.  Co-sponsors include the Green Justice Coalition, the Green Roundtable, and the Suffolk Sustainability Committee.


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