The forum featured an in-depth plenary discussion that touched on five key points including: 1) how best to integrate principles for making rental homes healthier and more energy-efficient in light of tight budgets; 2) appropriate energy-efficient performance standards for multi-family properties; 3) return on investment for green improvements; 4) ways to encourage greener preservation practices in the region; and 5) emerging trends in this ever-changing field.
The event also included two sets of interactive breakout sessions with panel discussions that focused on a number of topics – such as how to best educate tenants on the benefits of green housing and ways to fund energy-efficiency upgrades.
This Partners in Innovation event presented an outstanding line-up of keynote and featured speakers including:
- Gregory Bialecki, secretary of the State of Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development;
- Tina Brooks, undersecretary for the State of Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development;
- Vincent O’Donnell, vice president of preservation at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation; and
- Matt Petersen, president and CEO of Global Green USA.