March 8, 2017 – Repurposing, Refurbishing and Restoring – The Wellspring Cooperative
Emily Kawano, co-director of The Wellspring Cooperative, as well as Gary Roby and Pam Howland discuss The Wellspring network that includes three businesses, with more in the pipeline: Wellspring Upholstery Cooperative, the Old Window Workshop and Wellspring Harvest, a hydroponic urban greenhouse that will break ground in March. A primary goal of Wellspring is creating decent jobs in democratically run businesses with asset building opportunities, as well as supporting sustainability and saving tons of waste from being added to our landfills.
Sponsor: Jobs with Justice
February 8, 2017 – Offshore Wind Energy: A New Frontier for Massachusetts
Dr. Jim Manwell, Director of UMASS Wind Energy Center updates us on this burgeoning renewable energy source in New England.
Sponsor: Associated Energy Developers
January 11 – Roger Sorkin will present his film “The Burden,” the story of fossil fuel dependence as our greatest long-term national security threat.
“The Burden” tells the story of fossil fuel dependence as our greatest long-term national security threat, and why the military is leading the transition to clean energy. The film is the centerpiece of a strategic media engagement campaign to inspire a movement that strengthens our energy security and harnesses the power of American innovation to make us leaders in the 21st century global clean energy economy.
Sponsor: The Sandri Companies
December 14 – Grass Fed Beef, Health and Carbon Capture in New England
Ridge Shinn of Big Picture Beef presented his innovative plan for creating large “finishing farms” that will provide local facilities for small farmers to send their grass-fed beef cattle to be fattened entirely on grass, eliminating the need to ship cattle to the Mid-west to be fattened on grain. He also outlined the human and animal health benefits of raising beef cattle on a 100% grass diet, and the sustainability benefits of growing deep-rooted, prairie-like grasses.
Sponsor: River Valley Co-op which carries Hardwick Beef, a grass-fed beef organization co-founded by Ridge Shinn.
November 9 – Solar Hot Water – Overlooked Potential for Carbon Reduction
Spartan Giordano, who runs, a full service solar hot water company in Greenfield, MA, and also installs mini-splits and heat pump hot water heaters. Blogging at: www.zeroandbeyond.com
Sponsor: Stiebel Eltron
September 14 – State Senator Benjamin Downing
Senator Downing shared his thoughts about his work on energy issues in the State Senate and more.
State Senator Benjamin Downing, Chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy in the Massachusetts Legislature
Sponsor: SJP Environmental Consulting, LLC
August – Yearly hiatus
July 13 – Village Hill Co-housing project
Mary Kraus of Kraus Fitch Architects, led us through a look at this newest co-housing community. We will learn more about how co-housing contributes effectively to both community life and the environment.
Mary Kraus, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
June 8 – Dance Party!
BLEST ENERGY brought some great dance-able environmental hip hop with a soul for our annual fundraiser.
May 11 – Wasting Food Is not Sustainable!
Panelists from the Center for EcoTechnology’s Recycling Works program, UMASS, commercial composter Martin’s Farm and food producers.
Sponsor: Center for EcoTechnology
April 13 – Advancing Sustainability and Resilience—and Growing the Economy in the Process
Alex Wilson, founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. in Brattleboro, Vermont and president of the Resilient Design Institute.
Sponsor: UMASS Clean Energy Extension
March 9 – Speed Networking!
Green Night attracts a great mix of people interested in sharing and learning from each other about green building and sustainability topics.
Facilitators: Andrew Baker and Mark Tajima, President of WMGC and Board Member respectively
Sponsor: Leader Home Center
February 10 – How Did Seven GREEN COMMUNITIES Do It?
Ben Weil, Extension Asst. Professor of Building Energy at UMass Amherst
Lauren Mattison, Research Fellow in the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Clean Energy Extension at UMass Amherst
Jim Barry, Western Mass Regional Coordinator, for the Department of Energy Resources, Green Communities Division
Sponsor: Greater Good Energy Solutions
January 13 – What’s the ‘Climate Reality’ talk and post-Paris walk?
Darren Port, of Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) and a member of the WMGC Advisory Board, shared what he learned at Climate Reality Project leadership training in December, 2015, in Miami relative to the road ahead from the Paris Climate Talks.
Dec. 9 – Green Bank & Commercial PACE in MA
Representative Paul Mark, MA House of Representatives
Sponsor: Victory Energy Solutions
Nov. 11 – Solarize Mass: How It’s Working
Stephanie Ciccarelli, Town of Amherst Sustainability Coordinator; Carol Collins, Town of Greenfield Director of Energy and Sustainability discuss their implementations of the Solarize Mass program in their towns.
Solar Tech Minute: Community Solar by Isaac Baker of Co-op Power
Sponsor: NorthEast Solar
Oct. 14 – Healthy Building Network
Bill Walsh, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Healthy Building Network
Sept 9 – What is An Affordable Retrofit?
Panelists: Sean Jeffords, Beyond Green Construction; Kent Hicks, Kent Hicks Construction Co. Inc.; Jamie Callan and Adin Maynard, HIS & HERS Energy Efficiency
July 8 – The Orange Food Coop (Quabbin Harvest) Energy Efficiency Story
Panelists: Karl Bittenbender, Janice Kurkosky, Ben Weil
June 10 – Green Building Codes
Darren Port, Building Energy Code Manager for Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
Sponsor: Beyond Green Construction
May 13 – Bicycling as Transportation
Eli Damon, Cycling Savvy; Peter Talmage, ELF Owner and long time bicycle commuter; Wayne Feiden, City of Noho Sustainability, Pedal People; Alden Booth, Owner The People’s Pint
Sponsor: The People’s Pint
April 8 – Vermont’s Building Science Center for Excellence
Peter Yost, VP of Technical Services at BuildingGreen.com and Guy Payne, Executive Director of Sustainable Energy Outreach Network (SEON)
Sponsor: Menck Windows
March 11 – Integrating Site Design and Building Design
Beth Paulson, Building Analyst, Ecological Landscape Designer, Teacher at Greenfield Community College (Sustainability Program) and Boston Architectural College
Sponsor: Regenerative Design Group
February 11 – South Congregational Church’s Path to Net Zero
A case study of energy stewardship in a religious community, by Steven Jones. Check out their solar production and sustainability video at the bottom of the home page.
Sponsor: Live Well Home Improvement
January 14 – Women in Sustainable Construction
Jacqueline Cooke, Regional Administrator, U.S. Department of Labor
Sponsor: Quigley Builders