By 2030, Massachusetts carbon emissions must be 50% below 1990 levels, and the state aims to reach Net Zero by 2050. These goals align with federal targets to reduce emissions by over 50% below 2005 levels by 2030. The race is on, and Ashley Muspratt, at the helm of the Center for EcoTechnology (CET), has a way to get us there.
Muspratt was recently appointed President of CET, an environmental non-profit that’s been accelerating waste reduction and energy efficiency efforts for over 45 years and has decades of boots-on-the-ground experience in people’s homes and businesses.
“State and federal climate goals require that we transform our economy at an unprecedented pace and scale” explains Muspratt. “I believe organizations like CET have a unique opportunity to bring innovative solutions to market—ones that make it easy and compelling for customers to reduce carbon emissions. Our daily interaction with people and businesses is a powerful platform for mobilizing change.”
CET was founded in the 1970s and was one of the first environmental organizations of its kind. Built on a model of working with businesses and residents directly, CET helps participants adopt behaviors and implement technologies that reduce carbon through waste reduction, energy efficiency, and electrification. Guided by the motto, we make green make sense, they’re a trusted resource for solutions that deliver environmental and economic benefits to their customers and partners.
Muspratt joined CET in 2018, most recently serving as Director of Innovation, where she spearheaded novel building decarbonization services, wasted food solutions, and financing opportunities for customers and partners. Prior to CET she worked internationally for over a decade, including founding and leading a sanitation company in sub-Saharan Africa for seven years. She holds an M.S. in Environmental Engineering and a PhD in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.
Muspratt has also led CET’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives, working closely with staff and consultants to enable transformational change.
“We’re looking closely at accessibility of our programs, and how to make bigger, faster impact” said Muspratt. “It’s critical that we find solutions for every segment of society and think holistically about addressing environmental, health, economic, and social justice challenges.”
Muspratt succeeds John Majercak, who served as CET’s President for 12 years and worked at the organization for over 30. “I couldn’t be more excited for the organization,” Majercak said of Muspratt’s new role. “The climate goals are aggressive, and with Muspratt’s leadership CET is poised to help the region and country reach carbon neutrality.”
CET Board Chair, Janet Warren, continues “Muspratt has incredible vision for where to bring CET next, and she has a great leadership team and staff to support her.”
CET currently offers myriad programs, from high performance building and home and business energy assessments through area utilities, waste assessments (offered in Massachusetts under contract through the MassDEP RecyclingWorks MA program, and in Connecticut with support from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection), to wasted food solutions nation-wide. They also own and operate EcoBuilding Bargains, New England’s largest reclaimed building materials store that includes an eCommerce outfit.
“We’re also looking at innovative ways to reduce carbon,” continued Muspratt. “We’ve piloted an induction stove program, a heat pump consultation program, and innovative ways to finance barrier removal through programs like our Community Climate Fund. We know that it will take creativity and ambition to meet state and federal climate goals, and CET is the right organization to do just that.”
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