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New England's Largest Annual Environmental Conference

March 3, 2018 @ College of the Holy Cross in Worcester

In spite of Winter Storm Riley, on the day before MACC's Annual Environmental Conference, we had a huge turnout at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA on March 3, 2018. Our thanks to everyone who made Annual Environmental Conference 2018 a great success! We had nearly 750 participants, with 42 exhibitors, 15 sponsors, and 21 advertisers. We could not have done it without our many volunteers, more than 40 workshop presenters and moderators, MACC's tireless Conference Committee, student poster presenter, and our keynote speaker, Ken Kimmell, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Workshops, Exhibits, Poster Session
Conference participants were able to choose from among 23 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, universities, and environmental consultants. They visited the student poster session (our Second Annual Student Poster Session) where they met with and discussed with students the research featured in the posters. There were 19 Fundamentals Graduates as a result of the attendance at this conference!

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

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

  • “This was my first conference. I learned a lot from the Coastal Manual training session and look forward to exploring the manual further.”
  • “Your efforts and dedication to excellence in presenting these conferences are greatly appreciated by this commissioner.”
  • “[I would] Definitely do this class on Protecting Conservation Land under Article 97 of the Massachusetts Constitution again because it is important that everyone be on the same page about Article 97! People need to know how to use it!”
  • “MACC's Conference is the best thing going for the towns and cities. Keep up the good work!”

Keynote Address
Ken Kimmell, the President of the Union of Concerned Scientists, has more than 30 years of experience in government, environmental policy and advocacy. His interesting and thought-provoking presentation,

"Climate Change in the Era of Trump", provided a glimpse of the impacts of climate change and an overview of federal budget cut impacts on environmental programs. A copy of Mr. Kimmell's presentation is provided HERE.

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

2018 Environmental Service Awardees
From left to right: Lee Curtis (Awards Committee Chair), Awardees: Robert Clark, Don MacAdam, Annabella Chen, Charlene Golden and MACC President Mike Howard. Photo courtesy of Suzanne Sullivan.

  • Annabella Chen – Youth Environmental Service.
  • Robert Clark Conservationist of the Year.
  • Charlene Golden Conservation Commissioner of the Year.
  • Don MacAdam Conservation Administrator of the Year.

Read more about the awardees HERE.

See photos from the conference HERE.

Annual Business Meeting
At the Annual Business Meeting, members voted on the budget and the 2018 slate of candidates to the Board of directors. The MACC officers and Board members are provided on our website HERE.

We welcome Michael Howard of Epsilon Associates, Inc. as President of the Board of Directors for 2018 – 2019, and a hearty "Thank You" goes to our previous President, Jennifer Carlino, for her hard work and service to the Board.

Silent Auction and Raffle
MACC's first Silent Auction in more than 20 years was very successful. There were 39 unique auction items including Red Sox Tickets, Ski Packages at Waterville Valley and Mount Wachusett; Craft Beer Samplers; a case of Girl Scout Cookies; kayak rolling lessons; Bat House; Wetland Delineation Class; MACC Fundamental Training; and even Dance Lessons! To see the complete list of the Silent Auction Items, click HERE.

We appreciate the donations of these items from the Board of Directors and from several other friends. The proceeds go directly to MACC's operating budget to support our mission: protecting Massachusetts' natural resources through education and advocacy programs.

We plan to have another silent auction next year.

MACC also held a raffle for a Deluxe Soil Classification Field Package. MACC compiled a Hand Auger, Munsell Color Chart Book, Flagging, Write-in-the-Rain book, and a tape measure. Marissa Eisnor, a student from Westfield State College, won the Field Package. We think wetland identifications are in her future.

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.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

8 am Registration Begins, Exhibit Hall Opens, Morning Refreshments, Silent Auction (all day bidding)
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 201 and 205
11:30-2 Lunch; Silent Auction (all day bidding); Student Poster Sessions
1:15-2:45 Workshops: Series B
2-4:30 Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners: Units 103 and 206
3-4:30 Workshops: Series C
4:30-5:15 Networking at the President's Reception; Silent Auction Winners

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

See photos from our 2017 conference HERE.

Exhibitors Listing for 2018 Conference

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc
Antioch University New England
Bay State Forestry Service
Beals and Thomas
BlueFlax Design LLC
Center for Northern Woodlands Education
E J Prescott, Inc.
Environmental League of Massachusetts
Eversource
Filtrexx Northeast Systems
Fourth Generation Nursery
Groundscapes Express, Inc.
GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.
Hancock Associates
Herb Chambers Toyota of Auburn
Horsley Witten Group, Inc.
Hydro International
Hydrograss Technologies, Inc.
IECA
Land Stewardship, Inc.
LEC Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Lucas Environmental, LLC
MA Division of Ecological Restoration
Mass Audubon
Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
Massachusetts Environmental Trust
MassDEP
Narragansett Bay Estuary Program - NEIWPCC
Native Habitat Restoration Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program
New England Wetland Plants, Inc.
New England Wild Flower Society
Oldcastle Precast Inc. - Stormwater
Pavers by Ideal
Rinker Materials - Stormcepter
SOLitude Lake Management
Stantec Consulting Services Inc.
SWCA, Inc.
The Conway School
Tighe & Bond, Inc
US Army Corps of Engineers - Regulatory Division
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Vernal Pool Association

Sponsors

Platinum
Eversource

Silver
National Grid

Bronze
beals and thomas
Gordon  & Rees
GZA
LEC
Stantec
VHB


Morning Breakfast
BSC Group


Poster Session Prize
BSC Group


President's Reception
interfluve
keoliscs
lucas environmental


Water Bottle
Ecosystem Solutions


Fundamentals
ecotec inc

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