View from audience at the Church Street Center looking at stage

Elizabeth and Lawrence Vadnais Environmental Issues Lecture

This annual lecture series is named for Professor Lawrence H. Vadnais and is sponsored by the Vadnais Endowment.


Galen NelsonGalen Nelson

Senior Director of Innovation and Industry Support at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

Thursday, October 25, 2018
7 p.m.
Murdock Hall, Sammer Dennis Room (218)

Free and Open to the Public
Information: 413.662.5224

Galen Nelson is the Senior Director of Innovation and Industry Support at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center where he leads a team focused on providing targeted, strategic, and timely resources to help clean energy companies and entrepreneurs develop technologies, while moving closer to commercialization and market traction in established and emerging markets.  The team’s multi-disciplinary approach includes efforts to strengthen workforce resources, inform market growth policy, develop and manage competitive technology development, demonstration and commercialization acceleration grant programs, and support key components of the Massachusetts clean energy industry ecosystem.  Galen’s individual work focuses primarily on microgrids, energy storage, and energy resilience.  Prior to joining the MassCEC, Galen led clean energy business and green affordable housing policy development efforts at the City of Boston.  Galen has over 10 years’ experience developing programs and policies at the City and State level often at the intersection of urban planning, economic development, and clean energy.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Colby College.


Past Speakers 

2017-2018: Joanna Ballentine

2016-2017: John Harris

2015-2016: Andy Vadnais

2014-2015: Dean Cycon

2013-2014: Marion Stoddard

2012-2013: Stephen L. Cowell

2011-2012: Elizabeth Kolbert

2010-2011: Averill H. Cook

2009-2010: Frank O'Brien-Bernini

2008-2009: Scott Weidensaul

2007-2008: Dr. William Moomaw

2004-2005: Dr. John Peterson Myers