May 3rd, 2011

Hitchhikers Green Guide to Boston


Boston is a great place if you’re into the good green stuff. There plenty of companies, incubators, organizations, and journalists covering the cleantech industry spreading news about what’s happening. But the truth is, although it seems like things are happening “everywhere” sometimes it can hard to figure them out and keep track of them. Here is an attempt to compile it all. As always, if I missed something, let me know in the comments.

Large Meetups

  • Young Professionals in Energy. Known as YPE, this is a national organization with local chapters. The Boston chapter is great, tons of events, they’ve done plant tours in the past. One of the best parts is that there is some formal organization, so things get done really well. I’ve found YPE to be great to connect with people already in the industry.
  • Green Drinks. Once a month, good conversation, diverse group of people.
  • Clean Economy Network. Great group of people in Boston, always organizing amazing site visits of various companies and holding very informative events.
  • Emerging Green Builders. Group of people heavily focused on green building, including renewables but also a strong focus on building science and materials.
  • Net Impact. One of the best groups I know of to connect with professionals working on sustainability within larger corporations.
  • Boston Sustainability Group.
  • Raab Restructing Roundtable. Hands down the best quarterly event held on the energy industry in New England.

Industry Associations

Government Resrouces

  • MA Clean Energy Center. One stop for all of Massachusetts government programs and involvement in clean energy. Great news stream and amazing resources.
  • Greentech Boston: Galen Nelson Boston’s Greentech Business Development manager has a great blog that outliens how the city is helping to supercharge the industry. A must read.


  • Greentown Labs. Boston’s newest incubator addition and the one I’m most excited about. Their website is currently pretty basic, but its just getting going. Stay tuned.
  • Clean Energy Fusion Center. Based on Waltham. I’ve never been, but they do host some cool companies.

University Resoruces

Journalists and News

Scaling companies to watch

Massachusetts has a lot of small to middle size companies but the huge list if growing. See the NECEC for a full list.

  • A123
  • First wind
  • Enernoc
  • Ameresco


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  • Jose Pedro Fernandez Aguilera

    I think Clean Energy Fair from Babson College should be added if this is still running.