Clean Energy Connections – Business Growth for a Carbon-Neutral Future is the region’s premier forum for green career- and business-development information and networking. The event convenes business owners, entrepreneurs, financiers, educators, career seekers, community leaders, and public agencies.

Join the hundreds of other individuals, like you, who want to see the promise of the green economy turn into reality.

On Wednesday, October 20, you will:

  • ACCESS resources to build your green business.
  • MEET entrepreneurs and clean energy experts contributing to the green economy.
  • LEARN about clean energy trends to grow your green business.

This is event is organized by UMass Amherst and made possible by the generosity and vision of SPONSORS including WGBY, PeoplesBank, MassMutual Financial Group, Western Massachusetts Electric Company, DIF Design, the MassMutual Center, Springfield Technology Park, ECS, Baystate Health Systems, Holyoke Gas & Electric, MA Clean Energy Center, Springfield Incubator, Absolute Green Energy, Mass High Tech, BusinessWest, WRSI/WHMP, CSRwire, and many non-profit affiliate sponsors.

Please check out the conference presentations below and contact Marla Michel ( for any comments.


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Wednesday, October 20th
9:00 AM

Keynote 1: Growing your business in the green economy

Peter Rothstein, President, New England Clean Energy Council

Ballroom A, 2nd Floor

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

10:30 AM

Session 1A: Business Trends: Energy Efficiency

Michael Berry, MA Energy Star Program
Cameron Carey, Sustainable Energy Systems, Inc
Sean Jeffords, Beyond Green Construction
Leslie Hoffman, MassGREEN Initiative

Rooms 2 & 3, 1st Floor

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Session 1B: Financing: Not Your Typical Session

Carter Wall, MA Clean Energy Center
Michael Lehan, Berkshire Management Group
Colleen Berndt, Meyers Brothers Kalicka, P.C.
Charles Dubuc, USDA
Bic Stevens, Stevens Capital Advisors
Jay Fiske, 5312 Consulting

Rooms 4 &5, 1st Floor

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Session 1C: Lessons Learned: From Lab to Market

Sue Leschine, UMass Amherst
David Sudlosky, Anellotech
Stan Kowalski III, FloDesign Wind Turbine
Walter Presz Dr., FloDesign Wind Turbine

Ballroom A, 2nd Floor

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

1:00 PM

Keynote 2: The Original Green - How Agriculture is Fueling the Green Economy

Stephen Herbert, Associate Dean, Director of the Center for Agriculture, UMass Amherst

Ballroom A, 2nd Floor

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

2:30 PM

Session 2C: Lessons Learned - From Lab to Market

Leonard Roberts, Roberts Bros. Lumber Co.
Sam Johnston, Terraclime Geothermal
John Majercak, Center for Ecological Technology (CET)
Colby Lewis, ESCO Energy Services Company

Ballroom A, 2nd Floor

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM