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LIVE Club Meeting: Speakers from HEET
May 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
In 2008, a handful of local people, terrified by climate change, organized work parties on weekends to cut emissions and energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient. The Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) was born. Inspired by this direct action, over 30 sister groups formed around greater Boston, resulting in lowered energy bills for homes, preschools, houses of worship, and community centers. Audrey Schulman, HEET Co-founder and Co-Executive Director Audrey co-founded and has helped lead HEET since its start in 2008, creating its innovative science-based orientation in the fields of energy efficiency, solar and gas leaks. She used utility-reported data to create HEET’s public zoomable natural gas leak maps (the first in the country). She started the Large Volume Leak Study, which determined a way to identify super-emitting gas leaks so the utilities could repair them. Schulman is also the author of five novels, which have been translated into 12 languages, and reviewed by the New Yorker, The Economist and CNN. Zeyneb Magavi, Co-Executive Director Zeyneb is currently focused on transitioning the natural gas distribution system to a geothermal energy distribution system using the GeoMicroDistrict concept. The next step is to pilot in a neighborhood in MA, together with the state’s largest gas utilities. Zeyneb previously led HEET’s Large Volume Leak Study, which developed a method to rapidly cut emissions from leaking gas pipes in half. She has worked at BBN Technologies, Harvard University, and in multiple startups. She is committed to creating and driving forward just and wise solutions to the urgent challenge of climate change through multi-disciplinary problem solving, co-creation, and innovation.