DCAMM CLIMATE ACTION AND WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU
Elizabeth Minnis from DCAMM discusses four components needed to reach net zero in Massachusetts: expanding knowledge, budgeting carbon, thinking to the future, and accelerating progress. She then calls for action from the community, emphasizing the need for creative, forward-thinking design that is more affordable, maintainable, and better than the current requirements.
The MA Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance, known as DCAMM, is the Commonwealth’s steward, working with state agencies to create and manage forward-thinking sustainable buildings to meet the needs of the Commonwealth’s citizens. DCAMM partners with agencies to help them meet their strategic needs with fiscally responsible building and real estate solutions. In addition, DCAMM supports the growth of the Commonwealth’s economy and actively engages with private sector partners to make it easier to do business with the Commonwealth and improve access and opportunity. The agency’s annual operating budget is about $500 million a year.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Elizabeth Minnis, AIA, is the Deputy Commissioner for Planning with the responsibility to oversee the Commonwealth’s $500 million +/year capital program of strategic long-term planning and development for Higher Education, Public Safety, Judiciary, Human Services and other executive branch agencies and state offices. She leads a staff of experienced design and planning professionals who collaborate with teams of A/E firms and planning consultants to develop a wide range of projects including strategic facilities and campus master plans, repairs, renovations, energy efficiency and resiliency upgrades and planning and pre-design activities for state building projects and public development initiatives.
She is a member of the Boston Society of Architects (BSA), served on the BSA Nominating Committee and the BSA Board as Director at Large. Liz was the 2012 Chair and served 5 years on the American Institute of Architects’ Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ) Advisory Group.