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Susan S. Kaplan

Susan S. Kaplan

Marketing & Outreach Coordinator, Department of Energy Resources

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All around you, investments are being made, savings are being captured, people are working, technology is evolving, and homes and workplaces are becoming more comfortable.

Under the Green Communities Act signed by Governor Patrick in 2008, Massachusetts’ electric and natural gas companies have committed to tripling their investments in energy efficiency between 2010 and 2012, in order to lock in savings of $6 billion for customers. Energy use in homes, businesses, and government buildings is being assessed. Leaks that let air out of buildings are being sealed. Insulation is being blown into walls and ceilings. High efficiency heating and cooling systems and appliances are replacing energy hogs.

Recently, Massachusetts has been recognized for its national leadership by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), which ranked Massachusetts as the second most energy efficient state in the country. Given that this ranking didn’t include current budgets and expected savings from the 2010-12 plan, Massachusetts has the inside track for #1 next year.

But national leadership isn’t as important as whether or not each individual, business, and municipality capitalizes on every opportunity to do more, while using less energy. That’s where the benefits lie – in managing your costs, maximizing your comfort, and becoming more energy independent. New Englanders are known for our practicality, and frugality, as well as our innovation. Help us keep Massachusetts abuzz. It’s easy; just visit MassSave.com and get into action.

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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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