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New England's Largest Annual Environmental Conference

March 4th @ College of the Holy Cross in Worcester

Our thanks to everyone who made Annual Environmental Conference 2017 a great success: More than 700 people in attendance; 37 exhibitors; 15 sponsors; 21 advertisers; 81 workshop presenters and moderators; our Conference committee; many volunteers; and our keynote speaker Richard Primack.

Workshops, Exhibits, Poster Session
Conference participants chose from among 24 workshops and 4 units of Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners. They visited the exhibit hall, where they saw the latest in wetlands and open space protection and met and spoke with representatives of government agencies and companies. They visited the student poster session (our first ever poster session) where they met with and discussed with students the research featured in the posters. Download the Conference Program Book HERE.

The conference proceedings are available to conference participants at no charge and to others for $25; email us for more info.

Participant Testimonials
The conference got high marks from participants. Here's a small sample:

  • “This was my first conference. I had heard it was good, and it didn't disappoint.”
  • “The conference is well orchestrated with topics that are applicable to all. The keynote was excellent.”
  • “The Conference was very worthwhile and stimulating.”
  • “Great conference! I really enjoyed spending my Saturday at the conference. The Holy Cross facilities are modern, clean and beautiful! I met new people and ran into old friends.”

See photos from the conference HERE.

Nourishment and Networking
Participants were treated to morning breakfast goodies and a buffet lunch. Many had drinks and hors d'oeuvres and conversations at the President's Reception closing the conference. The conference was a great opportunity to reconnect with and make new friends and acquaintances and network with conservation commissioners, conservation agents, and experts from across the state.

Keynote Address
Richard B. Primack, internationally-known conservation biologist, editor-in-chief of the international journal, Biological Conservation, and author of many books, gave an interesting and thought-provoking keynote address about the impacts of climate change on the flora and fauna of Concord, MA. Afterward, many purchased autographed copies of his acclaimed book, Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau's Woods. Copies are available for purchase in our bookstore.

60 Years of Conservation Commissions
The Massachusetts Conservation Commission Act became law in March 1957, the first of its kind in the nation, authorizing cities and towns to establish conservation commissions. This year's conference celebrated 60 years of conservation commissions. Many commissions contributed a slide to our special 60 Years of Conservation Commissions slide show, which you can watch HERE.

Environmental Service Awards
We were pleased to present the MACC Environmental Service Awards to most deserving awardees:

2017 Environmental Service Awardees
From left to right: Paul Catanzaro of MA Keystone Project; Jennifer Hughes; Everose Schluter; Albert Goetz

  • Jennifer Hughes: Conservation Commissioner and Administrator of the Year
  • Albert Goetz: Conservation Commissioner and Administrator of the Year
  • Everose Schluter: Outstanding Public Service
  • Massachusetts Keystone Project: Outstanding Environmental Education

Read more about the awardees HERE.

Annual Business Meeting
At the Annual Business Meeting, members elected MACC officers & board members.

We welcome new MACC board members Sandra Brock, Greg Hochmuth, & Paul McManus.

We thank Brandon Faneuf for his service on the board.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

8 am Registration Begins, Exhibit Hall Opens, Morning Refreshments
8:45-9:45 Opening Session: Annual Business Meeting; Keynote Address;
Environmental Service Awards
10-11:30 Workshops: Series A
10-12:30 Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners: Units 105 and 201
11:30-2 Lunch
1:15-2:45 Workshops: Series B
2-4:30 Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners: Units 202 and 204
3-4:30 Workshops: Series C
4:30-5:15 President's Reception and Raffle

photo Annual Environmental Conference 2017:
Richard B. Primack presenting his keynote address about the impacts of climate change on the flora & fauna of Concord, MA.

Sponsors

Platinum
Eversource Energy
Silver
National Grid
Bronze
Beals + Thomas
Epsilon Associates
Gordon & Rees
LEC Environmental Consultants
McGregor & Legere
New England Environmental / SWCA
Stantec
VHB

President's Reception
BSC Group
Keolis Commuter Services

Fundamentals
EcoTec
Lucas Environmental

Supporters
Ecosystem Solutions

more Calendar

12/12/2017
Unit 102 - Wetlands Protection Act: Fundamentals, Process and Procedures WEBINAR

12/20/2017
Applying the Massachusetts Coastal Wetlands Regulations

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Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC)
10 Juniper Road, Belmont, MA 02478
Phone: (617) 489 - 3930
Fax: (617) 489 - 3935
Email us: staff@maccweb.org

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