DOE Presents "Cambridge Energy Alliance: A Community Response to a Changing Climate"

June 20, 2008

On June 19, 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sponsored the "Building for the 21st Century Lecture Series" held at the National Building Museum, featuring Robert Pratt, Senior Vice-President of the Henry P. Kendall Foundation.

The Kendall Foundation is committed to developing innovative and strategic solutions to the challenges posed by a changing climate. Their programs seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while developing strategies to prepare all species – people included – to adapt to the impacts of rapid changes in climate. The Kendall Foundation's programs embrace advocacy, entrepreneurial and collaborative approaches.    

Mr. Pratt addressed the work the Cambridge Energy Alliance is doing to reduce carbon emissions in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Cambridge Energy Alliance is a $100-million, five-year comprehensive energy efficiency program aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The presentation offered a detailed overview of the project including:

  • The goal of the program which is to reduce peak energy demand by 50 MW and decrease fuel and electricity use by 10% over five years.
  • The innovative financial model involving many sectors.
  • The unique governance structure including a strong partnership with a non-profit organization.
  • The expected job growth and economic development.  

Mr. Pratt currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC), Treasurer and board member for the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE), and Chairman Emeritus and member of the Advisory Board of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE).  

Learn more by reading Mr. Pratt's presentation (PDF 295 KB).  This is available as an Adobe Acrobat PDF. Download Adobe Reader.