Energy & Sustainable Development Committee

The 495/MetroWest Partnership's Energy and Sustainable Development Committee focuses on issues related to land use, energy, brownfields remediation, low-impact development, broadband connectivity, placemaking, and environmental stewardship.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Climate Legislation Presentation with Secretary Theoharides: The Water Resources and Energy and Sustainable Development Committees of the 495/MetroWest Partnership will host a special presentation from Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen A. Theoharides on An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy, major climate legislation signed into law earlier this year. The event will take place virtually on Tuesday, May 18th at 9:00 AM via Zoom. The presentation will be followed by a Question and Answer period. Advance registration is required for this event; click here to register. The legislation, signed into law by Governor Baker in March, codifies a commitment to achieve Net Zero emissions in 2050, establishes new interim goals for emissions reductions, authorizes the Administration to implement a new, voluntary energy efficient building code for municipalities, and allows the Commonwealth to procure an additional 2,400 Megawatts of offshore wind energy by 2027, among other provisions.

Recent Meetings & Events

Municipal Government Response to COVID-19 in 495/MetroWest: On February 9th, the Energy and Sustainable Development Committee of the 495/MetroWest Partnership hosted a special forum as part of its series on the impact of COVID-19 on our region, "Municipal Government Response to COVID-19 in 495/MetroWest." This panel discussion focused on how municipal governments across our region have responded to the pandemic. You can view a recording of the discussion online at this link. Our panel included:
  • Sgt. Ed Burman, Ashland Police Department
  • Bill Keegan, Foxborough Town Manager
  • Kristen Las, Shrewsbury Assistant Town Manager
  • John Mangiaratti, Acton Town Manager
  • Louise Miller, Wayland Town Administrator
Check out coverage of the event in The MetroWest Daily News.

Business Response to COVID-19 in 495/MetroWest: On December 9th, the Energy and Sustainable Development Committee of the 495/MetroWest Partnership hosted a special forum as part of its series on the impact of COVID-19 on economic development, "Business Response to COVID-19 in 495/MetroWest." This discussion focused on how different economic sectors in our region have responded to the pandemic. You can view a recording of the discussion online at this link. Our panel included:
  • Lisa Churchill, Owner, Blush Bouquets of Ashland
  • Brian Earley, Vice President & General Manager, The Kraft Group/ Patriot Place
  • George Coutros, Sanofi US, Director of State Government Relations
  • Katie Quinn, Owner, Mullahy’s Cheese Shop of Hudson
  • Austin O’Connor, Owner, The Briar Group
  • Ed Cuthbertson, General Manager, Bass Pro Shops of Foxborough