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Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs to speak about state's goals

Posted by Christina Jedra  May 9, 2013 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by the North Shore Technology Council: 

EVENT:
Energy and Environment: Links to sustainability and economic growth

Richard K. Sullivan Jr., Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) which holds the shared mission of bringing clean energy technology to market, curbing greenhouse gas emissions, cutting energy costs and preserving our natural resources, will speak at the May North Shore Technology Council breakfast event about the state’s energy and environment goals and priorities. Sullivan will outline plans for growth and investment in these areas in order to help us grow our businesses and the economy, as well as maintain our quality of life. Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 7:00 - 9:30 AM (7:00 AM networking and continental breakfast; 8:15 AM program begins). Danversport Yacht Club, 161 Elliott Street, Danvers, MA. Register for this event at www.nstc.org. The registration fee is $25 for NSTC members and $50 for non-members.  E-mail events@nstc.org for more information. Sponsor Chubb Group.

OUR SPEAKER:
Richard K. Sullivan Jr., Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, oversees the Commonwealth’s six environmental, natural resource and energy regulatory agencies: the Departments of Environmental Protection, Public Utilities, Energy Resources, Conservation & Recreation, Agriculture, and Fish & Game. He also serves as Chairman of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, the Energy Facilities Siting Board, and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

Sworn in at the start of Governor Patrick’s second term, Secretary Sullivan will build on the Patrick-Murray Administration’s nation-leading first-term clean energy and environment accomplishments. EEA priorities for the Governor’s second term include carrying out the nation’s most ambitious energy efficiency program - $2 billion of investment over three years, producing $6 billion in savings for consumers and businesses, supporting the growth of the clean energy sector, and maintaining the Administration’s commitment to parks and land conservation are priorities for the governor’s second term.   

Prior to his appointment to the cabinet post at Energy and Environmental Affairs, Secretary Sullivan served as the commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). Appointed in June 2007, he ushered in a new era of transparency and accountability at DCR, with posted maintenance schedules for DCR properties and public meetings for all significant DCR initiatives and policies. Under his leadership, DCR completed several large-scale capital improvements in parks statewide, including a two-year, $21.3 million project at Mt. Greylock State Reservation in Lanesborough that featured rehabilitation of the 13.5-mile Mt. Greylock Road, and a $9 million renovation of the visitor center at Georges Island in Boston, a facility that includes a concession area, children’s playground and a state-of-the-art solar-powered maintenance building. DCR also conducted a Forest Futures Visioning Process to engage residents across the Commonwealth in a discussion of forestry practices in state forests, leading to dramatic expansion of forest reserves that are protected from commercial logging.

Secretary Sullivan served as the mayor of Westfield from 1994 to 2007. In that capacity, he also served as chairman of the Westfield School Committee. In 2005, Sullivan was recognized by the New England Association of School Superintendents with its annual President Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education. 

He is a past president of the Massachusetts Mayors Association, past chairman of the Turnpike Advisory Board, and a past member of the Governor’s Local Advisory Committee.  He also served as founding president of the Winding River Land Conservancy, which has protected 1,700 acres in western Hampden County. 

Sullivan graduated from Westfield High School and holds degrees from Bates College, and Western New England School of Law.  

About the North Shore Technology Council 
The North Shore Technology Council (NSTC) is a non-profit, volunteer-led organization with a mission to be the leading collaborative for fostering technology businesses in Massachusetts' north-of-Boston region.  The council's mission is to build a strong ecosystem for the success of technology businesses North of Boston by facilitating collaboration, networking, professional growth and economic development in a collegial fashion.  The NSTC welcomes the participation of technology businesses, senior executive and employees of technology businesses, entrepreneurs, companies that support technology businesses, academic and governmental units and non profits.  The council is on the Web at www.nstc.org. Its office is at the Cummings Center, in Beverly, Massachusetts. For more information call, 978-335-5234.

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