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Improving Energy Efficiency in Municipal Buildings: Successes, Challenges, and Strategies

This session will be held virtually on Wednesday June 22nd 2022, at Noon


In this moderated panel discussion, municipal officials from the Cities of Worcester and Northampton along with a representative from the UMass Amherst Clean Energy Extension will provide perspective on energy efficiency efforts in municipal facilities, including clean heating/cooling upgrades, solar, energy management systems, etc. They will discuss their successes and challenges as well as their strategies for achieving energy use reduction goals. Panelists will answer questions from the audience. 

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Chris Mason

Energy and Sustainability Officer, City of Northampton, MA

Chris is responsible for implementing projects and initiatives to achieve high levels of energy and resource sustainability, reduce climate change emissions, increase energy literacy, and shift to renewable energy sources in Northampton’s municipal, commercial, and residential sectors. Chris holds a Master’s Degree in Resource Management and Administration, a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, and is trained as an elementary and middle school level teacher. Prior to joining the City, Mr. Mason worked for nine years as the Education Director for the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association.

Luba Zhaurova

The City of Worcester

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Lauren Mattison

Umass Amherst Clean Energy Extension

David Pomerantz

Moderator - Umass Boston Collins Center for Public Management

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