June 21, 2011

Please click below to see the full agenda and meeting notes for the June 21, 2011 meeting from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM held at 50 Miles St, Greenfield, MA 01301



8:30-9am informal networking with coffee and snacks at NESEA’s 2nd floor meeting room, 50 Miles Street, Greenfield, MA

9:00-9:30 – intros & update on regional sustainability initiatives

9:30-9:50 – Greenfield’s Greening Efforts, and 10% Challenge’s new “How To” kit

9:55-10:10 – Mayor Bill Martin: Greenfield Downtown Redevelopment on Bank Row

10:10-10:25 – Drive By Wisdom Way Solar Village, near-zero-net-energy, 22-unit Affordable housing project, and 2.3 MW PV array being installed on Greenfield land fill – both firsts in Massachusetts.

10:25-10:40 – John Waite, CDC Executive Director: Intro and Tour of Food Processing Center, owned and operated by Franklin County CDC

10:45-11:00 – Marc Zaccheo, Owner/developer of energy efficient rehab of a downtown brick building into an energy efficient building for mixed use, business and loft apartments. The Olive Street Lofts overlooks another Greenfield first-in-the-nation project – a zero-net-energy multi-modal transit station to be completed in early 2012.

Meeting Notes

8:30-9:00        Informal Networking
Breakfast food and drinks were provided. Informal meeting and conversations.

9:00-9:30      Intro and Updates
Catherine Ratte    PVPC: Create a MPG for home energy use
Sara Finkle         Summer Solutions: Agriculture, energy, skill building
Erika Linenfelser    Summer Solutions: Agriculture, energy, skill building
Martha Pskowski    Summer Solutions: Agriculture, energy, skill building
Rich Roth        Earth Thrives: Creating a discussion list for pvSustain
Brian Markey        PVPC: Solar bylaws, Green Community Awards
Becca King        Greening Greenfield: 10% Energy Challenge between neighbors
Nancy Hazard        Greening Greenfield: “How To Kit”, Downtown Redevelopment,

Energy Efficiency

Suan Worgaftik    Greening Greenfield: 10% Energy Challenge between neighbors
Jono Nigier        Regenerative Design Group: Permaculture on Campus
Jennifer Marrapese    NESEA: Green Open House this October 1st
Andrew Glaze        Long Island Energy Partners: Commercial Loan Agreements
Will Szal        PVGrows: Green Trade Association as a Chamber of Commerce

9:30 – 9:50 Greening Greenfield
Nancy, Becca, and Susan outlined the successful projects of Greening Greenfield. The 10% Energy Challenge has been a very public campaign to encourage household energy efficiency. Tabling at public places as well as lawn signes and signed pledges have been a large part of the publicity and success of the campaign.
9:50-10:15 Downtown Redevelopment  
Mayor Bill Martin explained process of redeveloping Bank Row. Many years of effort, public / private partnership, dedicated volunteers and elected officials, and grant writing helped to transform abandoned and underutilized buildings in the heart of downtown into a thriving mixed use district.

10:15-10:40 Wisdom Way Solar Village
Nancy explained the development and features of Wisdom Way. It is a near-zero net energy using housing development. The 20 units include a majority of Affordable Housing units.

10:40-11:10  Franklin Co. CDC
John Waite the Community Development Corporation Executive Director, led a tour of the CDC Food Processing Facility. The facility is a business incubator that provides state of the art kitchen equipment to local businesses and farms at a fraction of the cost of ownership.

11:10-12:30     Olive Street Lofts
Developer and owner, Mark Zaccheo, led a tour of the newly renovated brick mill building in downtown. The former mill is now an extremely energy efferent business and residential building.

Next Meeting
Next meeting date is tentatively set for August 17 in Hampden County.

Art of Sustainability
The installation has not yet been to many of the town in the Pioneer Valley. Please contact Catherine Ratte or Brian Markey if you want to host. 413.781.6045

Skill Building
Potential future skill building session leaders are encouraged to talk with Eric, Catherine, or Brian. Kirsten noted that she knew Dan Lieberman a local expert in Social Media use. Other members present noted they would like to know more about how to best use social media to attract and communicate with potential customers.

12:00 Tour of Greenfield Energy Park and Meeting Adjourned


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