Needham Summit on Energy and the Environment Monday, 10/24

The Needham Summit on Energy and the Environment, a collaboration of Olin College, Needham League of Women Voters, and Green Needham, will be held on Monday, October 24, 2011 at Olin College.

This will be an opportunity to discuss and work on a shared vision for our future in matters related to energy and the environment. Come and join us to set a direction for what our community can look like in 2020 and beyond.

The forum will include

  • Interested citizens
  • Town leaders
  • Students from Olin, Wellesley, and Babson Colleges
  • Needham students
  • Representatives from businesses, houses of worship, and community groups
  • Legislators.

Time and Location:

Date: Monday, October 24, 2011

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:15 pm

Place: Olin College, Milas Hall


  • David Cash – Commissioner, MA Dept. of Public Utilities
  • Anthony Brooks – WBUR producer, editor, reporter, and host


1. Conversation between David Cash and Anthony Brooks about the Massachusets 2020 plan and the roles of the state and communities in achieving it

2. Break-out groups on “what’s next,” – to generate and discuss ideas on what Needham could be in 2020 and how we might get there. Themes:

  • Water
  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Energy sources and choices
  • Development: the built environment
  • Energy efficiency & conservation
  • The Green Economy: opportunities & skills

3. Summary by discussion groups

Bicycle enthusiasts may be interested in any of these topics, but the transportation break-out session may be of particular interest.

Hope to see you there!