About Us

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead


The SESC stands with one of the several Green Community signs around town.  From Left to Right: Eric Studer, John Stagnone, David Billo (rear), Jill Somers, Nick Petitpas, Nathan Cleveland, Hollyce States and Tony Phillips.      Photo Credit: Kathy Billo

Committee Bylaws

Who we are

nateNathan Cleveland (Chairman) the Program & Communications Coordinator for the Center on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School. He graduated with a BA in Political Science & Government from Tufts University and a Master’s Degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University, where he also earned a certificate in Corporate Sustainability and Innovation. Nathan and his wife Kendra have lived in Stoughton since 2013.

nickNicholas Petitpas (Vice Chairman) is an Energy Efficiency Account Manager within the Commercial Energy Division at ICF, a global consulting firm that delivers professional services and technology across common worldwide markets. He works on a variety of projects that seek to improve energy efficiency and energy conservation measures across Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Nick holds a Master’s degree in Renewable Energy & Sustainability Systems from Penn State University. He has been a resident of Stoughton since 1994.

tonyTony Phillips (Secretary)  is a Facility Coordinator at Digitas, an advertising agency in Boston, handling day to day administrative operations.  Tony has been a Stoughton resident since 1994 and is married with three children.

daveDavid Billo is a geologist and environmental scientist at Sovereign Consulting in Foxborough, MA.  At Sovereign, David manages the cleanup of oil and hazardous materials releases and conducts indoor air quality assessments.  David is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP).  David was Chair of the Committee from 2009-2016 and led the committee during the Green Communities Designation Process. David and his wife Kathy have three daughters and have lived in Stoughton since 1993.

scardinaRichard Scardina is a Senior Systems Development Engineer at Johnson Controls.

Our Mission

  • The reduction of fossil fuel energy use in Stoughton.
  • The quantification of energy and resource use via a town-wide greenhouse has inventory. The Baseline Report was completed in May 2011.
  • The distribution of information to Town agencies and residents about sustainability, climate change, energy and resource conservation.
  • The production of cost savings for the Town and residents through resource conservation and improved energy efficiency.
  • Increasing Recycling participation rates in the Town of Stoughton.

Committee Achievements

1)  Green Communities Grant Program:  The SESC applied to the program on October 21, 2015. Stoughton was designated a Green Community in December 2015.  learn more, visit our Green Communities Page.

2) Energy Assessment Collaboration: The Stoughton Energy and Sustainability Committee worked with Next Step Living, to promote Home Energy Assessments in Stoughton.  Stoughton residents are encouraged to learn how they can save money by saving energy in their homes through the Mass Save Program.

3)  MAPC/LEAP Collaboration: The Stoughton Energy and Sustainability Committee has been working closely in collaborations with the Massachusetts Area Planning Council to implement the Local Energy Action Plan (LEAP). The purpose of the Action Plan is reduce energy consumption in the Town of Stoughton through outreach to town residents, business owners, and municipal stakeholders. Learn more about LEAP here.

4)  Community Outreach: The SESC continues to provide outreach to raise awareness on factors pertaining to the reduction of the Towns Green house gas emissions such as*:

  • Obtaining Home Energy Audits
  • Increasing Recycling Participation
  • Decreasing Water Consumption

*not a complete list

5)  Town Meeting Presence: The SESC brought forth an article to Annual Town Meeting in April 2014, Adopt the Stretch Code, as part of the Criteria required to apply to the Green Communities Grant Program. The Article Passed in Favor of Adopting the Stretch Code.

6) Town of Stoughton Greenhouse Gas Emissions Baseline Study: In May 2011, the ESC released the Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report (pdf). The committee worked diligently and quietly on this town wide baseline study of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), energy consumption, water consumption, waste water generation and solid waste generation.  The report serves as a benchmarking and planning assistance tool for the town as well as the following objectives:

  • To identify the largest sources of GHG emissions and resource consumption
  • Provide suggested next steps to town leadership and other parties interested in reducing Stoughton’s GHG footprint and resource consumption
  • Identify available sources of information that can be used to determine annual resource consumption for the town as a whole and for municipal services
  • Identify gaps in available information that limit the precision of studies