As Senior Advisor, Cammy Peterson focuses her work on clean heat, building code, and building decarbonization policy. With MAPC since 2013, Ms. Peterson led the Clean Energy Department from 2014 through June 2022. As Director, she oversaw MAPC’s clean energy and climate mitigation work, including local clean energy and climate planning, regional climate and energy procurements, and local and state energy and climate policy. Under her leadership, the Department served to support cities and towns in the planning and implementation of projects and policies related to clean heating and cooling, building decarbonization, energy efficiency, building energy codes, climate mitigation and resilience, climate equity, solar, energy resilience, clean transportation, and more.
Ms. Peterson helped to form the Metro Mayors Coalition Climate Taskforce in 2015 and develop and implement its groundbreaking climate resilience and mitigation commitments, including the commitment to achieve net zero as a region by 2050. She launched MAPC’s net zero planning practice, spearheaded its innovative green municipal aggregation program, and shaped the department into a building decarbonization thought leader. She strove to integrate equitable clean energy and climate practices into all aspects of MAPC’s planning, policy, and programmatic work.
Ms. Peterson is appointed to the statewide Commission on Clean Heat and the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC). At the EEAC, she has represented Commonwealth cities and towns since late 2017, and co-chaired the EEAC Equity Working Group through June 2022. For many years, she also served as MAPC’s representative on the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) Implementation Advisory Committee (IAC) and chaired the IAC Buildings Work Group. She additionally served on the Commonwealth’s Zero Energy Advisory Council and Green Communities Advisory Committee.
Prior to MAPC, Ms. Peterson managed the energy, environmental, and transportation policy and legislative portfolios for New York State Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh. In this capacity, she helped to enact a statewide law requiring that rechargeable batteries be recycled, worked to reduce styrofoam use and implement bus rapid transit, and developed bills to require greater energy efficiency and to reduce mercury content, among many others. Ms. Peterson earned a Master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University, where she focused on clean energy and climate policy and planning. She holds a Bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Harvard University.