The inaugural Climate Beacon conference will be held on Oct. 10 and 11 at the New England Aquarium in Boston. Featured speakers include (l-r) U.S. Deputy Energy Secretary David Turk, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and U.S. Sen. Ed Markey.

The inaugural Climate Beacon conference, to be held on Oct. 10 and 11 at the New England Aquarium in Boston, is offering free registration to Massachusetts municipal officials.

The regional climate conference is built for and about practitioners of climate change solutions, and focused on opportunities for the region. Attendees will explore and learn from models of thoughtful, successful implementation everywhere.

Experts and leaders will gather around a common purpose: to share ideas across sectors, expand our knowledge base, and celebrate proven, scalable solutions at home and around the world.

The opening session, focusing on opportunities presented by climate change and how we can seize the moment, will feature U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, Ceres CEO and President Mindy Lubber, and UMass Boston Chancellor Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, with remarks from Conference President Mary Skelton Roberts and New England Aquarium CEO and President Vikki Spruill.

From the Biden administration, Deputy Energy Secretary David Turk will speak and join a panel at 11:15 a.m. on Oct. 10 to discuss how our nation can accelerate our clean energy transition and how we can make decisions today that help us lead tomorrow.

A Harborside Chat — a conversation between former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and MIT President Emeritus L. Rafael Reif will cap off day one of the conference at 5:30 p.m.

The day two Harborside Chat will feature Gina McCarthy, the first-ever White House climate advisor and a former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Other speakers will include Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and Trustees of Reservations President Katie Theoharides.

Sessions will include:
• Accelerating Our Clean Energy Transition
• Redesigning Permitting and Siting for an Equitable Transition
• Workshopping the Workforce of Tomorrow
• Transforming Our Grid for Our Future Needs
• Building More Resilient Communities
• A Better Built Environment
• Cleaner Mobility for More Equitable Communities
• Resiliency Through Natural and Public Spaces
• A Public Health System Prepared for Heat

Visit the Climate Beacon website for more information and to register. Municipal officials can use the code MMA2023 for complimentary tickets.

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