UMass-Boston celebrates new Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness (SERC) with “Green Education for the Next Generation” events
On Saturday night, May 1st, UMass-Boston celebrated the launch of our new Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness (disclosure – I’m the director) and other sustainability initiatives on campus with a gala dinner featuring keynote speaker Gina McCarthy, a graduate of UMass-Boston and currently the EPA’s Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation. In this capacity, she directs EPA’s policy on climate change.
Gina McCarthy gave a powerful and passionate talk, highlighting the EPA’s achievements on clean air, energy efficiency, and climate change, while pointing to the challenges ahead. She also discussed the important role played by UMass-Boston in her own education and now in training the next generation of environmental leaders. Ms. McCarthy put climate policy in the context of the huge oil spill near New Orleans and federal approval last week for the Cape Wind project. More than two hundred people attended the event in the new Campus Center, which offers stunning views over the Boston harbor.
In order to promote “Green Education for the Next Generation,” UMass Boston also hosted a panel discussion on Friday April 30th focusing on the prospects for “green jobs,” clean-tech regional competitiveness, the role of “green education” and the value of collaborations among universities, business, and government agencies.
Giving presentations were:
David Cash, Assistant Secretary for Policy in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Daniel Moon, President and Executive Director of the Environmental Business Council of New England
Kathleen J. Freeman, Director Environmental Affairs, NSTAR Corporation
Robbin Peach, Executive Director of the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security
R. J. Lyman, partner at Goodwin Procter