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MAPC's 2017 Clean Energy Forum: Planning for Net Zero

Bringing Net Zero to 101 Cities and Towns and Beyond

MAPC’s 2017 Clean Energy Forum: Planning for Net Zero was held on October 11, 2017, at District Hall in the Boston Seaport District. The Forum was a part of MAPC's Zero to 101 Series: Bringing Net Zero to 101 Cities and Towns and Beyond and engaged over 100 stakeholders on how to take a holistic approach to net zero planning & strategies to start achieving net zero goals.  The cities of Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, and Towns of Concord and Wayland shared their progress and insight on working towards net zero goals. MAPC staff from the Clean Energy, Land Use, Transportation, Environment, and Public Health Departments introduced attendees to the variety of ways MAPC can help them to deploy multi-benefit strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Climate leaders facilitated robust and thoughtful discussions throughout the room with attendees on barriers, best practices, and resources for communities setting out on net zero planning.

This page hosts all presentations, materials, and photos from the Forum.



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Keynote: Suzanne DesRoches

Susanne DesRoches | Deputy Director for Energy & Infrastructure, NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

Susanne DesRoches is the Deputy Director for Energy & Infrastructure at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency where she focuses on adapting regional infrastructure systems to climate change. In this role, she oversees analysis and advocacy on a wide range of regulatory and legislative energy matters before the New York State and federal government.

She also leads the NYC Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, a group of 60 public and private infrastructure operators, to identify climate risks, coordinate adaptation strategies and develop resiliency design guidelines.

Susanne was previously the Chief of Resilience and Sustainability in the Engineering Department at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, where she oversaw incorporation of sustainability and climate resiliency into the agency’s $27B ten-year capital program.

Susanne holds a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University.

Suzanne DesRoches - Keynote Presentation

SolSmart Resources

Chelsea, Boston, Melrose, Cambridge, Winthrop, Natick, and Somerville were awarded their SolSmart designations at the forum, showing that they have each achieved measures to reduce solar soft costs and be a solar ready community.

Explore SolSmart resources for your community here or apply for SolSmart designation here.


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