Director of Clean Energy
Cammy Peterson joined MAPC’s Clean Energy Department in late 2013, and has served as Director since early 2016. As Director of the Department, she oversees MAPC’s clean energy and climate mitigation work, including local clean energy and climate planning, regional clean energy procurements, and local and state clean energy and climate policy. Ms. Peterson shapes local clean energy and climate planning efforts through MAPC’s Local Energy Action Program (LEAP), from facilitating progress toward Green Communities Designation to meeting with municipal officials and project partners and overseeing scope development and project implementation. In supervising regional energy efforts, she guides the department in developing and managing collective procurements for energy management services and technologies; in organizing collaboratives, including the Metro Mayors Coalition Climate Preparedness Taskforce; and in coordinating multi-municipal efforts on building codes, vehicle and building electrification, shared energy manager staffing, community shared solar, and renewable energy additionality, among many other topics. Under her leadership, the department has launched an innovative net zero planning platform, pioneered a groundbreaking green municipal aggregation program, and received a 2018 Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources’ Leading By Example Award.
Ms. Peterson strives to integrate clean energy practices into all aspects of MAPC’s planning work, and cultivates partnerships with municipalities, community-based organizations, policymakers, and other energy stakeholders to advance clean energy efforts throughout the Commonwealth. She was appointed by the Department of Public Utilities to the seat representing Commonwealth Cities and Towns on the state’s Energy Efficiency Advisory Council (EEAC), a position held by MAPC since 2017; she serves on the state’s Green Communities Advisory Committee and Zero Energy Advisory Council; and participates regularly as the agency designee on the state Global Warming Solutions Act Implementation Advisory Council (GWSA IAC), serving as the Chair of the Buildings Work Group.
Previously, 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 polystyrene use and implement bus rapid transit, and developed bills to require greater energy efficiency in televisions and to reduce mercury content in compact fluorescent lamps, among many others.
Ms. Peterson serves on the Board of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN). She is the Co-Chair of the BuildingEnergy Boston 2020 Conference, after serving as Vice Co-Chair in 2019. Recent speaking presentations include the New Buildings Institute/Rocky Mountain Institute’s Getting to Zero Forum, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Codes Conference, the International District Energy Association IDEA2019 Conference, and the ICLEI World Congress. She earned a Masters 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 of Arts degree, cum laude, from Harvard University.
Areas of Expertise: Clean energy and climate policy and planning, regional and public procurements, building code and decarbonization strategies, net zero, Green Communities, visioning and strategy development, project management, program development