COP21 Paris Climate Talks unConference

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More than 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions are related to the built environment.  Emissions could double by 2050 if we carry on with business as usual.  Failure to change increases the vulnerabilities of countries, regions and local communities to climate change. Yet:

  • The buildings sector offers one of the most cost-effective and economically beneficial paths for reducing energy demand and associated emissions, while at the same time supporting adaptation and resilience to climate change.
  • Many low-energy, renewable and deep- renovation solutions are available. Proven policy, finance and technology actions exist!
  • The economic, health, and social benefits of sustainable buildings are significant. Buildings provide shelter, places to live, work, learn and socialize, directly affecting our daily lives.
  • Buildings are long-term ventures. Today’s new buildings are tomorrow’s existing stock. Failure to act now will lock in growth in GHG emissions for decades. 

Please join us as a community of advocates and practitioners as we explore how to leverage the public awareness and policy momentum generated by COP21 to drive policy gains in Massachusetts.

  • When: Tuesday, March 29th, 8:30am - 12:00pm
  • Where: 50 Milk Street, 17th Floor, "Milky Way" conference room, Boston, MA 02109
  • Light breakfast will be provided.


  • 8:30 - 9 Registration and networking
  • 9 - 9:15 Keynote and opening
  • 9:15 - 10:30 Breakout with Discussion Leaders (unConference)
  • 10:30 - 10:40 Break + Networking
  • 10:40 - 12:00 Paris Panel with questions from audience

Our Paris Panelists:

  • Michael Green, Executive Director, Climate Action Business Association
  • Christopher Mackey, Building Scientist, Payette Architects
  • John Sterman, Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management & Director, MIT System Dynamics Group

Our unConference Discussion Leaders:

  • Quinton Zondervan, President, Climate Action Business Association
  • Josh Craft, Program Director, Environmental League of Massachusetts
  • Elizabeth Saunders, Massachusetts Director, & Alex Papali, Organizer, Clean Water Action
  • Henrietta Davis, former Mayor of the City of Cambridge

This event will gather our community of experts from a variety of organizations and firms. Panelists who attended the Paris climate talks will be present, with break-out groups led by local issue experts.

Both the panel and breakout sessions will focus on the following topics and will provide perspectives from various professional backgrounds:

  • Value Chain Transformation: is the building sector capable of massive deployment of low emitting buildings and deep renovations? How will building sector stakeholders better work together to scale up solutions adapted to local circumstances?
  • Bridging the investment gap: how ready is the financial sector to increase investment in building efficiency?  How will we address the critical need to scale up the public and private financing of EE and sustainable buildings?  We will explore how buildings and EE can contribute to realizing MA's carbon goals and how the financial sector can help support that.
  • Public Policies: what is the readiness to implement long term action plans to address the key role of local jurisdictions to organize and facilitate integrated policy packages and collaborative approaches that shift to a low carbon and resilient built environment?
  • Building rating & reporting systems: how do they support the COP21 momentum?  

Please join us as a community of advocates and practitioners as we explore how to leverage the public awareness and policy momentum generated by COP21 to drive policy gains in Massachusetts.

Partnering Organizations

March 29th, 2016 8:30 AM   through   11:30 AM
USGBC MA Headquarters
USGBC 17th Floor "Milky Way"
Boston, 02109-02109
Phone: 7818004008
Chapter Member $ 35.00
Non-Member $ 50.00
Foundation for a Green Future Member $ 20.00
CABA Member $ 20.00
Sierra Club Member $ 35.00
Clean Water Action $ 20.00
Environmental League of Massachusetts $ 20.00
Event Details
Branch Metro Boston
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