By Anthony Lucivero, Advocacy Fellow

Yesterday marked another successful event for the Chapter with our COP21 Paris Climate Talks unConference!  The framing question of the day was “what can the USGBC MA and its community do going forward?” 

For the first half of the event, we broke into a circle and had a laser-focused group conversation, led by our discussion leaders Henrietta Davis, Josh Craft, Elizabeth Saunders & Alex Papali.  The high-level of conversation centered on public policy, building energy use disclosures, and energy efficiency solutions for low-income and under-represented communities.  This led to brainstorming possible local solutions to these issues.  The use of, and access to, building energy use data, and coming together as a coalition to ensure that happens, was the prevailing idea. 

The second half of the event was dedicated to our Paris Panelists, John Sterman, Michael Green & Christopher Mackey.  They relayed their Parisian experiences, the lessons they learned, what they thought of the results of COP21, and how we can move forward.

This was a wonderful morning that has given us a bevy of leads on how to proceed as a chapter, and as a community. Our intrepid leader, Grey, will be posting an in-depth review of the event soon.  

John Sterman, one of our Paris Panelists, Professor of Management at MIT, and Director of MIT's System Dynamics Group & Sloan Sustainability Initiative has some great resources available about COP21:


Don't miss our next string of events! Here's a quick summary of what's happening:

Be sure to check out our Events Calendar for the full scope of everything going on! 


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