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COP21 Paris Climate Talks unConference

by Ryan Duffy

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

More than 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions are related to the built environment.  Emissions could double by 2050 if we carry on with business as usual. Failure to change increases the vulnerabilities of countries, regions and local communities to climate change. Yet:

  • The buildings sector offers one of the most cost-effective and economically beneficial paths for reducing energy demand and associated emissions, while at the same time supporting adaptation and resilience to climate change.
  • Many low-energy, renewable and deep- renovation solutions are available. Proven policy, finance and technology actions exist! The economic, health, and social benefits of sustainable buildings are significant. Buildings provide shelter, places to live, work, learn and socialize, directly affecting our daily lives.
  • Buildings are long-term ventures. Today’s new buildings are tomorrow’s existing stock. Failure to act now will lock in growth in GHG emissions for decades. ​


  • 8:30 - 9 Registration and networking
  • 9 - 9:15 Keynote and opening
  • 9:15 - 10:30 Breakout with Discussion Leaders (unConference)
  • 10:30 - 10:40 Break + Networking
  • 10:40 - 12:00 Paris Panel with questions from audience​​

Our Paris Panelists, Presenting on Their Experiences at COP21:

  • Michael Green, Executive Director, Climate Action Business Association
  • Christopher Mackey, Building Scientist, Payette Architects
  • John Sterman, Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management & Director, MIT System Dynamics Group

Our unConference Discussion Leaders:

  • Quinton Zondervan, President, Climate Action Business Association​
  • Josh Craft, Program Director, Environmental League of Massachusetts​​
  • Elizabeth Saunders, Massachusetts Director, & Alex Papali, Organizer, Clean Water Action​
  • Henrietta Davis, former Mayor of the City of Cambridge​

Find out more about the event and register Here.

When: Tuesday, March 29th, 8:30am - 12:00pm

Where: 50 Milk Street, 17th Floor, "Milky Way" conference room, Boston, MA 02109

Light breakfast will be provided.

Our Mission

NESEA advances sustainability practices in the built environment by cultivating a cross-disciplinary community where practitioners are encouraged to share, collaborate and learn.

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