Alan Nogee spoke on what it will take for Newton and the United States to get to net zero carbon emissions to meet UN climate goals, including the implications for land use, trees and forests.
Nogee, a long-time Newton resident, has had a 40-year career working to clean up our energy system.  He spent 17 years with the Union of Concerned Scientists, as the Clean Energy Program Director and Director of Climate & Energy Strategy & Policy.
He drafted the original Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard Bill, and led the environmental and consumer coalition that won its passage in 1997.  The team he directed at UCS then helped groups to win such standards in 28 other states and the District of Columbia, winning four awards from the American Wind Energy Association for these successes.
He has authored numerous articles and studies on renewable energy, and has been invited to speak about climate change and renewable energy all over the US and as far away as Paris and Istanbul.
He is also the Founder of Friends of Cold Spring Park.
(This talk was originally presented on February 25, 2019 as part of Green Newton’s Greening Our Community Series of talks at the Newton Free Library.)