Our Climate Perspective

Dr. Jacqueline Ashmore, Institute for Sustainable Energy Boston University. 

We’re joined this evening by Dr. Jaqueline Ashmore to discuss our transition to a clean energy future.

These are heady times given the drastic change in Washington, DC regarding climate resiliency that has come simultaneously with climate change legislation passed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Jacquie offered us detailed perspective on our potential moving forward; where opportunities are and where the work is yet to be done.

Our conversation offers perspective on where opportunities and challenges exist for different regions of Massachusetts and the northeast. We asked the seminal question: Can we build a more equitable economy for all races, genders and socio-economic backgrounds?

We touched upon the work of organizations such as Browning the Green Space and the 51 Project that are working to answer with a wholistic approach.

We also discussed water management in our current state of affairs and it’s history.  This part of our conversation touched upon nutrient management and how culture and politics has played a role in each of our perspectives on climate change, resiliency and economic factors.

Perhaps most rewarding from our podcast is Jacquie’s undying optimism for our future.  She is leading by example in this way as we all are required; failure to address our climate degradation could cost  us dearly in the decades ahead.

About Jacquie

Dr. Jacqueline Ashmore is the Executive Director for Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy and a Research Associate Professor in the Departments of Earth & Environment and of Mechanical Engineering. She is a clean energy and sustainability expert with fifteen years of experience in technology, business, and policy spheres. Her research covers the topics of integrated water management to support sustainable and affordable water supplies, and city actions to drive equitable climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience. Ashmore has spoken at national conferences on topics that include public-private partnership opportunities for the water sector and the water utility of the future with a business model focused on efficiency. Previously, Ashmore was Engineering Program Manager at the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems, where she oversaw an $8MM U.S. Department of Energy funded program focused on the development and prototyping of an innovative residential solar system that can be installed quickly and safely to reduce soft costs.

Ashmore is a Board member of New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE), Browning the Green Space, and the Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC). She was awarded the American Physical Society’s Andreas Acrivos Dissertation Award in Fluid Dynamics for her doctoral thesis.

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