“Secretary Matthew A. Beaton oversees the Commonwealth’s six environmental, natural resource and energy regulatory agencies: the Departments of Environmental Protection, Public Utilities, Energy Resources, Conservation & Recreation, Agricultural Resources and Fish & Game. He also serves as Chairman of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, the Energy Facilities Siting Board, and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.
Massachusetts was the first state in the nation to combine energy and environmental agencies under one Cabinet secretary with the shared mission of bringing clean energy technology to market, curbing greenhouse gas emissions and cutting energy costs. Secretary Beaton is building on Massachusetts’ nation-leading clean energy and environment accomplishments.
Prior to his appointment to the cabinet post at Energy and Environmental Affairs, Secretary Beaton served as a State Representative for the Eleventh Worcester district. Elected in 2011, he was a member of the committees on Ways and Means; Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture; and Ethics.
In the private sector, Secretary Beaton has worked as an environmental engineer and sustainability consultant. He is the former owner of Beaton Kane Construction, a green building and energy efficiency consulting company that focuses on building energy efficient homes. He was the first contractor in the country to have earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Certified Green Professional and RESNET Home Energy Rater certifications.
Beaton earned an undergraduate degree in biotechnology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a master’s degree in energy and environmental analysis from Boston University. Secretary Beaton and his wife, Laura, live in Shrewsbury with their two young children.”
SAGEEE is proud to work with recently appointed Secretary Maeve Bartlett. As an integral part of the Patrick administration, Secretary Bartlett has embodied a commitment to land conservation. As undersecretary of the Environment, she has had a strong record of progress. Her leadership has resulted in the protection of more than 110,000 acres of open space. All the while her office established more than 300 parks in urban communities.
SAGEEE members met at the Massachusetts headquarters of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Malden, MA. Please check the minutes section of the website for information about the meeting.
At our March 19th Spring meeting SAGEEE members were treated to an inside look at the Green Chemistry being undertaken at the Warner/Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry. Special thanks to the Institute and to our tour guide, Kate Anderson of Beyond Benign the educational green chemistry nonprofit housed under the same roof. Meeting minutes will appear soon on the website.
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Members and guests of the Secretary’s Advisory Group on Energy and Environmental Education (SAGEEE) met on Wednesday, December 11th for its final meeting of 2013. Discussion topics included legislative updates from the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), discussion of upcoming events and initiatives from the Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, news from the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and its STEM 2.0 initiative and details about progress on the Massachusetts Environmental Literacy Plan.