President, Laurie Burt LLC, Boston, MA
Laurie Burt is President of Laurie Burt, LLC, providing independent strategic advice in the clean energy, climate and environmental space to foundations, businesses, non-profits and public officials throughout New England and the country. Ms. Burt most recently served as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection under Governor Deval Patrick where she championed the integration of energy and environmental programs, energy efficiency opportunities for all utilities and public infrastructure, and market-based policies to promote new technology, jobs and a clean energy economy.
As Commissioner, Ms. Burt represented MA on the regional and national stage on major carbon reduction efforts, including the multi-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and Transportation Climate Initiative. She served as Vice Chair of RGGI, Chair of the regional Ozone Transport Commission, and was a leading member of the State Voice group, a bi-partisan national coalition of state environmental officials supporting federal and state clean energy policies.
Ms. Burt has practiced law for over 25 years, at Foley Hoag, LLP where she started the firm’s environmental practice group, and previously as a MA Assistant Attorney General. She served as Vice President of the Boston Bar Foundation and Chair of the Appalachian Mountain Club and the New England Legal Foundation. Ms. Burt is currently a member of the American College of Environmental Lawyers, and serves on the boards of the Environmental Law Institute and the Union of Concerned Scientists National Advisory Board.