The Institute for Energy & Sustainability (IES) is central New England’s green business zone. Our mission is to attract clean energy technology and renewable energy companies to the region. We are building on the region’s assets and reputation as an incubator of innovation. Our priority is to create an environment for those seeking economic opportunity and advantage in this sector and to support the growth of jobs establishing a zone of world class clean technology companies
The Institute formally launched in the Spring of 2009 through partnerships with Clark University, WPI, and Congressman Jim McGovern’s office. With our partners, IES is working to transform the industrial corridors of Central Massachusetts into a green energy zone that includes research, development, deployment, and an economic development focus towards demonstrating a working example and active contributor to sustainability solutions.
The Institute is led by a 15 member steering committee, representing a cross section of the community’s leadership. Members from the Central Mass Regional Employment Board, Conover and Company Communications, Bowditch and Dewey, Worcester Community Action Council, Quinsigamond Community College, Clark University, and WPI, National Grid and WinnCo are represented and they have all rallied around the mission of the Institute and pledged the support of their respective offices and organizations. Representatives from Congressman McGovern’s office, Lt. Governor Murray’s office, the city manager’s office serve advisory roles. Each member and their organizations bring substantial capabilities to the Institute, notably through their widely recognized clean energy programs, their diversity of specializations and the depth of their management experience.
In November 2009, Steering Committee member and Partner at Bowditch & Dewey, LLP, Vincent DeVito began serving as the IES’ first Executive Director. As former Assistant Secretary for the Department of Energy, Vincent brings experience and specialized renewable energy market and enterprise expertise to the leadership position.
Initial funding is from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, National Grid and Winn Residential and the Institute is using that support to begin engaging the community at-large in our mission.