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Legislative / Municipal Advocacy and Public Speaking

Legislative/Municipal Advocacy and Public Speaking

Matthew Forrest of Forrest LawAttorney and sustainability consultant Matthew Forrest is an experienced speaker on the topics of sustainability, municipal energy programs and conservation planning. Matthew has served as a panelist and guest speaker for climate workshops at Yale University and Central Connecticut State University and has spoken as a municipal energy subject matter expert on local radio and TV shows. He presented at the Wethersfield Green Summit Committee forums and serves as the facilitator during committee-sponsored events.

As a Wethersfield Town Councilor from 2003-2009, Matthew demonstrated a strong record of legislative advocacy with sustainability initiatives, municipal energy programs and conservation planning.  He was involved with creating the Town’s energy committee; advocating for the conservation of open space; and worked for strong environmental standards for the sewer system and Wethersfield Cove. Matthew is available to speak to your group on sustainability, municipal energy programs, and conservation planning. He will work with you to tailor a presentation to achieve your goals.

Previous Speaking Engagements

Speaker, Yale University: Municipal Summit on Climate Action, March 2010

Sponsored by the Governor’s Steering Committee on Climate Change.

Speaker for the workshop topic: Innovative Approaches to Climate and Sustainability Planning and GHG Inventory Tools; specifically discussed Wethersfield’s Sustainability Matrix.

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Click here for the Video for the Workshop

Panelist, 3rd Annual Global Environmental Sustainability Symposium

April 5, 2010, Central Connecticut State University

Topic: Innovative Sustainability Initiatives for Connecticut Communities: Lessons from Bridgeport, Wethersfield, and New Haven & State Resources to Support Local Efforts

This roundtable panel discussion discussed different approaches to starting effective municipal sustainability initiatives. The panelists provided examples from their own communities along with recommendations for engaging all facets of the community in this process and providing stepping tones for developing a plan to solve these environmental issues. 
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“Greener Living with Dr G” – guest speaker – February 27, 2010 WTIC AM radio with follow up appearance on May 1, 2010

Face Connecticut – guest speaker, interviewed by Sam Gingarella, WTIC AM radio, March 7, 2010.

Topic: The electricity market and Wethersfield’s ability to reduce electricity costs through innovative purchasing.

WFSB Evening News

Interviewed by Dan Kain, WFSB TV, “Wethersfield Residents Can Buy Into Energy Plan” February 11, 2010
Article: http://www.wfsb.com/money/22536674/detail.html
Video: http://www.wfsb.com/video/22537859/index.html

Community Access with State Representative Morin

Guest, State Representative Russ Morin (D-28th) Community Television Show, January 2010.
Topic: Wethersfield’s Direct Energy Program and Conservation Challenge

Keynote speaker re: volunteerism at Wethersfield’s Youth Advisory Board’s Volunteer Recognition Day (2010)