Greetings from the Garrison Institute!
Please join us at our first ever Boston-area hub meeting to develop a region-specific network of professions working on the human dimensions of sustainability. Our goal for the Boston Regional Hub is to provide an opportunity to learn and share insights about how organizations, building managers, urban planners, sustainability managers and other professionals are (and could be) applying social science insights to more effectively engage with employees, tenants, and residents in the Boston area and – by means of that work – create new ways of saving energy, resources and money.
The regional hub is part of a larger, nationwide, initiative aimed at increasing sustainable energy use and resource consumption through the development of large-scale, people-centered solutions. Our regional hub initiative seeks to provide participants in the Boston area with an understanding of region-specific opportunities, resources, and tools to encourage social, cultural, organizational, and behavioral change.
The Sept 6th meeting in Boston will feature a brief presentation by environmental sociologist Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez, director of the Climate, Mind and Behavior Program who will share information about the scale of potential energy savings and the ways in which social science insights are being applied to reduce waste and achieve more sustainable resource use. Following the presentation, participants will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and share some information about their work and areas of interest.
Meeting Date: September 6th, 2012
Meeting Time: 5-7pm
Meeting Location: Castle Square Community Center, 2nd floor “green roof terrace”, 464 Tremont St, Boston [http://goo.gl/maps/meRy]
[Castle Square has undergone an award-winning deep energy retrofit – read more at www.castledeepenergy.com]
Other Information: Refreshments will be provided.
Registration for this event is limited. If you would like to attend, please RSVP as soon as possible. Please contact Adam Meier, CMB Hub Coordinator, at Adamm@garrisoninstitute.org to reserve your space.
Cancellation Policy: Should you need to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible and at least 48 hours in advance of the September 6th meeting so that others may attend.
The Boston Regional Hub is an outgrowth of the Climate, Mind and Behavior (CMB) Program of the Garrison Institute. The CMB Program is a unique effort that builds on the work of sociologists, anthropologists, psychologists, cognitive scientists, behavioral economists, and others to identify effective, durable and scalable approaches to environmental sustainability based on an informed understanding of social systems, organizational behavior, cultural values and beliefs, cognitive biases and decision-making, among other relevant fields of research. Using social and behavioral research insights, CMB works with a broad range of partner organizations to develop and implement science-based initiatives for achieving large-scale, people-centered solutions to climate and energy problems. More information about the CMB Program is available at http://www.garrisoninstitute.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about the CMB Program or the Boston Regional Hub, please contact Adam Meier (AdamM@GarrisonInstitute.org).
We hope to see you on September 6th!
Ed Connelly, Kurt Roth, Grey Lee – Boston CMB Hub steering committee
(These are past participants in the CMB Program: Bill McKibben, Paul Hawken and David Orr!)