Medford Energy & Environment Committee

Mayor Michael McGlynn created the Medford Energy Committee (MEC) in November 2010 to augment the city’s effort to become a municipal leader in energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy.  The Medford Energy Committee has taken on the work of the Medford Clean Energy Committee and the Medford Energy Task Force. Each member of the committee is appointed by the Mayor. The Medford Energy Committee was renamed and the scope expanded to be the Energy & Environment Committee in 2017 by Mayor Stephanie Burke.

Medford Energy & Environment Committee Photo Taken February 4, 2013. Bob Paine, Susan Altman, John Rogers, Kathleen McKenna Jeff Goldsmith, Elisabeth Krautscheid, J.R. Siegel, Brett Sullivan Jonathan Hunt, Rick Sacco, Curtis Tuden, Fred Laskey Carey Duques, Mayor Michael J. McGlynn, and Alicia Hunt

The Medford Energy & Environment Committee works in conjunction with the Medford Office of Energy and the Environment to support the City’s goals of energy independence and environmental stewardship. The Committee provides additional technical and consulting expertise to the City and organizes energy and environmental related projects, events and programs to benefit the residents of Medford. The Committee is comprised of Medford residents who bring a variety of expertise to the city, particularly in the areas of energy efficiency, clean energy, community outreach and education.

Projects that the Committee has been involved with include the Idle Free campaign, the Solarize Medford initiative, the Go Green Residential home energy assessment program, and the Medford Wind Turbine. They are active partners in the planning and organizing of each year’s Harvest Your Energy Festival and the Medford Green Awards. Members of the Energy & Environment Committee all contribute to the Medford Energy Committee Blog.

The Agendas and Minutes of the Committee can be found here.

Since the onset of Covid-19, monthly Committee meetings have been taking place virtually. Watch the video recordings here.

 Mission Statement

“Our mission is to promote policies and actions that improve energy efficiency, encourage conservation, and increase the use of renewable energy to meet our present needs while considering future generations of the Medford community.”

Energy & Environment Educational Symposium

On November 18, 2020 the Energy & Environment Committee hosted an educational webinar, co-hosted by Tufts Energy Group. The webinar featured three talks by expert panelists who spoke on solar energy, tree management, and transportation. View a recording of the webinar in full here, or watch the videos by topic below. 

  1. Introduction and Solar Options: Getting on the Road to 100% Renewable Energy 
  2. Urban Trees: Benefits to Building and Maintaining a Healthy Urban Tree Canopy
  3. Future of Transportation: Strategies for a Low-Carbon Region 

Committee Members

 luke mckneally Luke McKneally (Co-Chair) is a Licensed Architect and Certified Passive House Consultant in Massachusetts. He has over 25 years of experience in commercial, institutional, and residential building design and construction, including 6 years in commercial and residential energy efficiency consulting, and 8 years in renewable energy systems design and project management. He works with ICF International to manage the Mass Save High Rise and Passive House residential new construction incentives for energy efficient development. 

Bob Paine (Co-Chair) is a Certified Consulting Meteorologist and Qualified Environmental Professional. He has experience in meteorology and air pollution studies and consulting. Associate Vice President at AECOM, a company that focuses  on areas of air quality consulting, engineering, and compliance, climate adaptation, and PFAS mitigation.
  Barry Ingber has spent most of the past four decades with non-profit organizations that serve low-income communities and that work for a more sustainable and affordable energy future. Most recently, he managed energy programs for Tri-City Community Action Program. Previously, as Executive Director of MassEnergy, he founded the state’s first and largest green power program and the nation’s first non-profit renewable energy coop. 
  Lauretta James is a real estate agent and Realtor®. She works within the Committee to design and promote energy, sustainability, and environmental programs and events to educate and benefit residents and businesses. Her background includes working in the elevator industry, event organizing, and art and design. She was previously President of the Massachusetts Elevator Safety Association. 
Nicole Morell is currently a member of the Medford City Council.  She is the communications specialist in the MIT Office of Sustainability where she is tasked with educating and engaging the community in campus sustainability efforts focused on emissions, climate resiliency, materials management, and more.  She has volunteered for many campaigns for progressive candidates and issues and joined the committee to help advance Medford’s green future and protect its many green spaces.
john rogers John P. Rogers has an extensive background in energy conversion (motors, batteries, chargers, electric vehicles, and the power grid). With Solectria, he worked on the electrical system for the “Solectria Sunrise” EV and on their Grid Tied Solar Inverters. With Azure Dynamics, he worked on Ford E250 Electric Van Prototype, and the onboard charging system for the Ford Transit Connect Electric. He now works for Instrumentation Laboratory in Bedford, MA. 
  Martha Ondras is a Master’s candidate in environmental health at Tufts. She is also a research associate at the Health Effects Institute (HEI) in Boston, working on air quality research. HEI provides high quality, trusted science for cleaner air and better health. Prior to pursuing a second career in environmental health, she retired from the post of Director of Design at Harvard Business School.
  Kathleen McKenna is an environmental engineer at Commercial Construction Consulting Inc. (C3), which deals with LEED and sustainability consulting, energy audits, and implementation. She is the Secretary of the New England Chapter of The Association of Energy Engineers. Kathleen served in the role of community solar coach for the very successful 2013 Solarize Mass Program, when she coordinated the community outreach process, answered questions from residents and businesses, and was the main point of contact for the community members.
  Jessica Parks has a background in sustainable design and urban planning she has experience in developing greenhouse gas reduction plans, driving energy efficiency projects, and establishing energy reporting protocols. She is currently a Senior Project Manager at MIT for projects under the campus-wide Greenhouse Gas (GHG) program. Jessica hopes to utilize her experience and expertise to help create opportunities for community engagement and education in support of a more sustainable and resilient Medford.
Dave Hampton is a Climate Resilience Associate at The Cadmus Group, practicing at the intersection of climate adaptation, international development, and resiliency planning. He has 20+ years’ of experience in architecture, planning, and construction. His experience includes post-disaster recovery, sustainable development, humanitarian design, living systems integration, high-performance energy-efficient buildings and materials reuse. His work brings people, nature, and the built environment together to adapt to a changing climate.
  Gaston Fiore is eager to help Medford become a world leader in suburban sustainability. He believes that an environmental education campaign leveraging our youth, encouraging active forms of transportation enabled by prioritizing pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and making green technologies reachable to low-income households are key to achieving world-class environmental sustainability. Gaston has a background in artificial intelligence and machine learning and has worked on a variety of applications ranging from self-driving cars to demand modeling to medicine. He brings data analysis expertise at a time when data has an increasing prevalence in energy and environmental projects. Gaston has BS and MS degrees in Aerospace Engineering from MIT, and an MS in Computer Science from Harvard University.
  Benjamin “Benjie” Hiller is a now retired lawyer. He has a Masters degree in biology/ecology. He spent most of his career engaged in toxic tort litigation, specializing in representing children harmed by lead poisoning. Back in the 1970s and 1980s, he was part of the Clamshell Alliance which fought to prevent the construction of the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant and which brought the dangers of nuclear power to the attention of the world.
  Chris Hogan: Construction Program Manager at Tufts University. Working in support of Tufts’ goal of Carbon Neutrality by the year 2050, Chris’ projects are tasked with the study and implementation of energy reducing strategies within buildings of varying usage types. (i.e. – research labs, wood frame housing, dining facilities, etc.). A 20-year Medford resident, Chris is excited to serve on the committee to help promote the shared goals of Tufts and the City of Medford in their pursuit of a cleaner energy future.
  Paul Taslimi: Senior scientist at Merck Research Laboratories Boston. Paul has been an active scientist for 40 years. Paul has a BSc and MSc degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry respectively from Canada. Paul has a deep interest in mitigating the climate crisis through science education and raising awareness at the local level and hopes that his years of experience in science can be beneficial to the Medford community in addressing the climate crisis.

 Committee Staff

Alicia Hunt is the Director of Energy & the Environment as well as the Environmental Agent for the City of Medford. Alicia started working with the city in 2010 as the Energy Efficiency Coordinator and has done a lot of energy efficiency work on the City’s buildings. Alicia facilitated the City’s Green Communities designation and works to bring in energy and environment related grants and programs to the City of Medford. Like the members of the Energy Committee, Alicia is also a Medford resident who brings her green knowledge to other Medford organizations in her spare time.