Preliminary Schedule

*Schedule is subject to change and will be updated as presenters are confirmed

Wednesday, April 3rd 2024
Brandeis University
8am – 4pm
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Registration & Coffee

8:00 – 9:00 am
Registration & Sign-in


Art Table

8:00 – 4:00 pm
Art for a Healthy and Positive Climate Future
Participants are invited to contribute to a collective community art project which will depict our aspirations for positive climate action and a healthier world.


Welcome & Plenary Session

9:00 – 9:10
Welcome and Appreciation

9:10 – 9:50
Climate Risks Facing New England: The Decisive Decade for Action
Dr. Sarah Das,  Science Mom & Researcher at Wood Hole Oceanographic Institution


Panel Session #1

10:00 – 10:40
Campaign Showcase
Highlights from successful campaigns

  • PlugIN Metrowest – Electrifying Acton, Wayland, Natick & Framingham
  • Engaging Youth Voices – Weston HS Green Team on the Sustainability Commission
  • Mass Go Solar – An initiative to solarize the state
  • Electrify Brookline – A neighborhood-based campaign to help Brookline move beyond fossil fuels
  • Curbside Composting in Framingham – reducing food waste city-wide
  • Opt-In Specialized Code – Weston’s Path to a Surprisingly Smooth Town Meeting

10:40 – 11:00
BREAK


Breakout Session #1

11:00 – 11:50
Personal Professional Development: Empowering you!
Choose one breakout session to attend

  • The Power of Conversations: A Key to Growing the Climate Movement
  • Sustainability Manager Roundtable – supporting municipal employees
  • Fundraising for your Community-Based Work – tips & tools
  • Leveraging  Digital Tools – social media and free online tools & resources
  • Best Practices for Climate Messaging – insights from marketing professionals

Lunch & Keynote

11:50 
LUNCH

12:30 – 12:40
Announcements & Recognitions

12:40 – 1:10
Keynote: The Power of Possibility: Why Climate Optimism is Necessary
Anne Therese Gennari, The Climate Optimist


Breakout Session #2

1:20 – 2:10
Making your Organization More Effective
Choose one breakout session to attend

  • Got Volunteers? – methods for volunteer engagement
  • Strategizing for Climate Change Wins – moving from idea to policy change
  • Raising the Bar – tools and resources to make your organization more effective  
  • Engaging Diverse Constituencies – mobilizing underserved communities
  • Coaching Programs  – what they are, how they differ and how to build the one that’s best for you
  • What is Your Message? – refining your organization’s campaign messaging

2:10 – 2:30
BREAK


Panel Session #2

2:30 – 3:20
Starting Conversations & Inspiring Action: Building the Climate Movement
Panel conversation – moderated by Sabrina Shankman, The Boston Globe

With panelists:

  • Jim Antal, Author of Climate Church, Climate World
  • Crystal JohnsonMassachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • Frank Lowenstein, Rare
  • Darr Reilly, Carbon Crew Project
  • Sue Vatnick, THIS! Is What We Did

Closing

3:20 – 3:30
Closing remarks & Evaluations


3:30 – 4:00
Networking, Social time, Book sales