Perspectives from Denmark, the U.S. Environmental Association and from the Somerville nonprofit New England Clean Energy Council highlight this year’s 2022 Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative’s Net Zero conference.
This year’s conference theme, “Bringing It Home,” will focus on the climate impacts, opportunities and resources available to towns, organizations and citizens working to address the climate crisis.
Conference keynote speakers Soren Hermansen, Director of Samsø Energy Academy, Denmark; Dr. David Cash, Region 1 Administrator for the EPA, and Joe Curtatone, president of New England Clean Energy Council, will address the criticality of local climate action.
Panelists and presenters include experts and advocates from economic, energy, environmental, housing, sustainability and nonprofit sectors such as Environmental Research Group, Cape Light Compact, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Cape Cod Commission, Town of Nantucket, Housing Assistance Corporation, Community Development Partnership, Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod and the Climate Change Climate Collaborative. Climate Collaborative President Dorothy Savarese and Executive Director Rich Delaney will open and close the conference.
“Federal, state and regional resources are critical to addressing climate change, but it’s at the local level where ‘the rubber truly meets the road,’” notes Savarese. “This year’s theme addresses the myriad ways our region and communities can seize emerging opportunities to combat the climate crisis.”
Delaney adds, “We need an all-society approach to climate change that includes private, public, and nonprofit sectors and concerned citizens. Everyone can ‘make climate change’ and people can start by attending NZ-22 to learn how.”
NZ-22 welcomes anyone interested in learning about climate change, its current and potential impacts on our region and opportunities for regional, local and individual action as we transition to a clean energy future. The program content is targeted to diverse audiences including homeowners and renters, environmental justice advocates, business owners, service providers, clean energy professionals, municipal planners, energy and climate committee members, elected officials, and citizen advocates.
The conference is free to attendees, thanks to the financial support of Presenting Sponsor Cape Light Compact and numerous others, including Avangrid, Vineyard Wind 1, Cape Cod 5, Cape Air, Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and Mayflower Wind. Sponsorship supports NZ-22 and the ongoing work of the Climate Collaborative. Businesses and organizations wishing to explore levels and benefits of sponsorship should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at capecodclimate.org/nz-22/sponsorship