Living Passively

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Thursday, April 13, 2017
6:00 pm
Matt '01 & Laura Beaton's Home
41 Surrey Lane
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
United States

Matt ’01 and Laura Beaton’s home is the result of the meticulous combination of science, technology and sustainability know-how – a successful experiment in home construction with the smallest possible carbon footprint. Their 3,700 square foot home’s temperature never drops below 62 degrees – without the use of a furnace and at an annual cost of less than $100. Numerous materials used to build the house were reclaimed from the very lot it is built on. The Beatons live in what some have called “one of the most unusual and innovative homes in Massachusetts” – though from the outside you’d never know it. They are one of only about 10 families in Massachusetts to live in a house like this – a “passive house” – and the Beatons were the first. 

The Office of Alumni Relations invites you to join Matt, Massachusetts' secretary of energy and environmental affairs, and Laura Beaton at their home for a reception to learn more about how it all came to be.

Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Time: 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. 
Location: Matt '01 and Laura Beaton's Home, 41 Surrey Lane, Shrewsbury, MA


This event is open to WPI alumni. Advanced registration is requested.

Appetizers and bar service will be available during this networking event. Parking for this event is available on Surrey Lane and other nearby streets. 



Matt Beaton ’01 is Massachusetts’ secretary of energy and environmental affairs and oversees the Commonwealth's six environmental, natural resource and energy regulatory agencies: the Departments of Environmental Protection, Public Utilities, Energy Resources, Conservation & Recreation, Agricultural Resources and Fish & Game. He earned an undergraduate degree in biotechnology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a master's degree in energy and environmental analysis from Boston University. In the private sector, he gained experience as an environmental engineer and sustainability consultant and as co-owner of Beaton Kane Construction, a green building and energy efficiency consulting company.

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