Growing a Clean Energy Economy:  Careers in Cleantech
April 08, 2014

MassCEC CEO speaks on campus

• On Wednesday, April 9, Join Alicia Barton, chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), as she discusses the agency’s role in supporting growth in the clean energy sector across Massachusetts through investments in the creation and deployment of clean energy technologies. She will discuss how the clean energy sector offers careers across different fields and types of work, and ways students and recent graduates can prepare themselves to join the 80,000 clean energy workers already employed in Massachusetts.

Barton is responsible for leading the efforts to accelerate the success of the clean energy technology sector in Massachusetts. Since her appointment as CEO in August 2012, she has driven MassCEC’s efforts to provide support for all aspects of the sector from early stage technology innovation, to clean energy project deployment and workforce development. Working in close coordination with the clean energy, environmental, and economic development efforts of the Commonwealth, MassCEC’s programs have helped deliver record job growth in the clean energy technology sector, while seeing rapid expansion of clean energy projects throughout Massachusetts.

Prior to joining MassCEC, Barton held several appointments with the energy and environmental agencies of the Commonwealth. As deputy commissioner for Policy and Planning at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, she oversaw policy and regulatory matters for the agency, including clean air and water, climate change, wetlands and coastal issues, and environmental permitting, and she led several priority efforts at the agency including MassDEP’s Action Plan for Regulatory Reform and the MassDEP Clean Energy Results Program. She also served as assistant Secretary for environmental review, director of the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) office, and deputy general counsel at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

Passionate about clean energy and climate issues, Barton works daily to make the case that by working together we can make progress in tackling global climate change while building a clean energy economy for the long term.

Wednesday, April 9, 4-5 pm, Atwater Kent Room 116. Refreshments will be available. Presented by the WPI Task Force on Sustainability.