what we have done.....what we might do
Monday, October 24, 2011

A collaboration of Olin College, Needham League of Women Voters, and Green Needham

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Massachusetts is a national leader in aggressively meeting multiple energy and environmental challenges. The Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020 describes what Massachusetts will do by 2020 toward:

  • addressing global climate change,
  • creating energy independence,
  • accelerating the development of a clean energy economy,
  • mitigating the human health and financial impact of air pollution

Communities have a vital role to play in achieving these goals. Needham is already stepping up to the challenge, but where do we go from here? What can Needham be in 2020? This important Fall Forum is an opportunity to consider a shared vision and responsibility for our future.

Date: Monday, October 24, 2011
Time: 6:30 - 9:15 PM
Place: Olin College, Milas Hall
Speakers: Mark Sylvia, Commissioner, MA Dept. of Energy Resources; Anthony Brooks, NPR producer, editor, reporter, and host


  • Conversation with Mark Sylvia and Anthony Brooks about the Massachusetts 2020 plan and the roles of the state and communities in achieving it
  • Break-out groups on "what’s next,” – to generate and discuss ideas on what Needham could be in 2020 and how we might get there. Themes include Water, Food, Transportation, Energy sources and choices, Development: the built environment, Energy efficiency & conservation, and The Green economy: opportunities & skills.
  • Summary by discussion groups
    • The forum will include: interested citizens; town leaders; students from Olin, Wellesley, and Babson Colleges; Needham students; representatives from businesses, houses of worship, and community groups; and legislators.

Browse the contents of Needham Summit on Energy and the Environment:

2011 Survey of Community Groups: What we have done & What we might do