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Susan S. Kaplan

Susan S. Kaplan

Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, Department of Energy Resources

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If you’re reading this blog, you probably have an interest in energy efficiency for its individual and societal benefits. If you’re a Massachusetts resident, it’s also a fair bet that you’re a Red Sox fan. Now these two passions are linked in a very exciting way.

Mass Save, the energy efficiency initiative sponsored by Massachusetts’ gas and electric utilities and energy efficiency service providers, has partnered with WEEI Radio to reward homeowners, renters, and small businesses who have a great story to tell about the savings they’ve achieved through Mass Save. If you visit www.masssave.com/playball and enter your story, you could win $500 in gift cards to help you save on energy efficiency upgrades, plus Red Sox tickets to one of two games this season, or a chance to share your story on the air with WEEI’s Joe Castiglione. In all, Mass Save is giving away $20,000 in prizes and 48 pairs of Red Sox tickets.

There are many reasons to pursue savings through energy efficiency, including money, comfort, investment, greenhouse gas emissions reductions, and energy independence. Now there’s one more reason – the chance to win tickets to the Red Sox!

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As Deputy Director of DOER's Green Communities Division, Lisa helps lead a team devoted to working with Massachusetts cities and towns to realize environmental and cost benefits of municipal energy efficiency and renewable energy. Prior to joining DOER, Lisa worked in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs from 2007 to 2012, first as Press Secretary and then as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Public Affairs. Her previous communications and public relations experience includes both government and the private sector, where, as principal of upWrite Communications, she served clients such as The Trustees of Reservations, The Nature Conservancy, and Partners Health Care/North Shore Medical Center. She began her career as a journalist, covering Beacon Hill for the State House News Service, and later wrote for a variety of other publications including The Boston Globe, Teacher Magazine, Animals Magazine, and The Gulf of Maine Times. The author of two books, Lisa serves on the board of the Saugus River Watershed Council and resides with her family in Melrose.

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