The Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative will bring the issue of climate change front and center with a virtual conference on Friday, October 29, from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

NZ-21/”Powering Change at the Grassroots Level: Our Roadmap to a Clean Energy Future” is the climate collaborative’s fourth annual and second virtual conference. The website, https://netzero21.vfairs.com/, details the agenda and activities of the day. The event is offered free to participants.

The NZ-21 conference will focus on Massachusetts’ groundbreaking new state climate law—An Act Creating a Next Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy—which represents the most significant update to climate policy in the commonwealth since the landmark Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008. The virtual event convenes federal, state, regional and local leaders, businesses, policy makers, scientists, clean energy providers and advocates to discuss new federal, state and regional legislation and initiatives, and offer a roadmap for communities, organizations and individuals to undertake actions to advance the journey to net zero for the Cape & islands region and beyond.

The multifaceted program has been developed to provide diverse content including live and prerecorded sessions, social networking opportunities, breakout question-and-answer sessions, and virtual tradeshow opportunities. NZ-21 is organized around the new state climate law’s four pillars: end-use energy, energy efficiency and flexibility, decarbonizing energy supply, and carbon sequestration.

The Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative is a consortium of environmental, energy, government, business, education, faith community and activist organizations whose mission is to help the Cape and islands reach carbon neutrality or “net zero” by enhancing communication, collaboration and action among entities committed to mitigating the climate crisis.

Major sponsors include Cape Light Compact, Cape Cod 5, Cape Air, Solect Energy and Vineyard Wind. Other underwriters include leading education, transportation, healthcare and built environment organizations.

Last year’s virtual event drew more than 650 participants from across the region and the country. To learn more about the organization, visit www.capecodclimate.org.

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