Our Chapter Meetings are Monthly on the second Tuesday and held via Zoom
Kathleen Theoharides (Katie) was our guest. Katie is the CEO of the Trustees of Reservations. She is the former Head of US Offshore for RWE, a green energy company. Previously, she was the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In this role, she oversaw the Commonwealth’s six environmental, natural resource and energy regulatory agencies, which include the Departments of Environmental Protection, Public Utilities, Energy Resources, Conservation & Recreation, Agricultural Resources, and Fish & Game. Ms. Theoharides has also served as Chair of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, the Energy Facilities Siting Board, and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.
Ms. Theoharides talked with us about her new position working at a private non-profit and how she is working to prioritize adaptation and mitigation to climate change in this role. She spoke t both the successes and challenges of her new role.
We also watched a brief video together for an update on the Springfield Climate Justice Coalition and their campaign to stop Eversource’s pipeline.
Eversource Gas is planning on building a new high-pressure metering station in Longmeadow that would connect to a new high-pressure gas pipeline which would run 5.3 miles a regulator station in downtown Springfield.
The video of this chapter meeting is here.