Legislative/Municipal Advocacy and Public Speaking
Attorney 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.
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.
Click here for the Summit Web site
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. Click here to access the site
“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
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