Energy & Sustainability Commission


  • Meetings are generally held on the second Tuesday of every month
  • Meetings are virtual, until further notice
  • A link to join the meeting is included in the meeting agenda

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

Most Recent Agenda (pdf) | View All Agendas and Minutes | Video of Last Meeting


The 11 member commission is comprised of the director, designee from three city departments, the building commissioner with two designee city councilors appointed by the city council president, a representative of Smith Vocational High School selected by the Smith Vocational High School Superintendent, and four members of the public appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the city council.

  • Carolyn Misch, Director, Planning and Sustainability, Chair
  • Pat McCarthy, Director, Central Services, Vice Chair
  • Jonathan Flagg, Building Commissioner
  • Richard Parasiliti, Department of Public Works Designee
  • Tim Smith, Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School
  • Marissa Elkins, City Councilor
  • Rachel Maiore, City Councilor
  • Carole Collins - Director of Climate Action & Policy Administration
  • Benjamin Weil, Term expires June 2024
  • Angela Gregory, Term expires June 2026
  • Eric Winkler, Term expires June 2026

About the Commission

On June 19 2008, the City Council enacted the Energy and Sustainability Commission to:

"... assist and ensure that the city identify, develop, implement, and manage programs and policies that achieve high levels of energy efficiency and energy resource sustainability and guard against effects of energy resource disruption / depletion and climate change in all of Northampton’s public and private sectors consistent with the goals of the Sustainable Northampton plan, the city’s climate change protection commitments, and other city plans / goals."

Time Commitment

Normally, members will dedicate two to four hours a month to serving on the Energy and Sustainability Commission. However, that may increase to four to six hours a month as certain initiatives warrant. 


Interest in Serving as a Member?

Please visit Northampton's Boards & Committees website if you are interested in serving on the commission or contact the Energy and Sustainability Officer or the Mayor's Office.