Marta Marello, a researcher at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, spoke at the fifth Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference held on Friday, April 15th at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. The conference objective was to disseminate best practices and resources to advance sustainable development on campuses and in communities. During the climate change panel, Marello shared her personal experiences as a presenter and participant at the COP21, held in Paris in December 2015. As winners of the Boston Climathon, Marello and her teammates — along with winners from 12 other cities worldwide — showcased a climate adaptation solution to improve resilience to sea-level rise and flooding in the Boston area.
Besides climate change, additional themes discussed at the conference included net zero energy buildings, solar energy and the de-carbonization of the grid, and farm-to-table programs for campuses and urban areas. The Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference attracted about 330 diverse stakeholders from government, grassroots, business, and education who are pursuing sustainability.