One of WPI’s resident experts in renewable energy and power systems will join a brand-new, statewide environmental task force in Massachusetts. The goal: reduce greenhouse emissions drastically by 2050 to combat climate change.

According to a WPI release, Michael Ahern, Director of WPI’s Power Systems programs, “has accepted the invitation of state Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Kathleen Theoharides to join a 20-member 80×50 Study Academic Steering Committee assembled to help develop a study and strategies for Massachusetts to meet a self-imposed mandate requiring at least an 80 percent reduction in 1990 greenhouse gas emission levels by 2050.”

Ahern brings decades of expertise to the role, as well as personal reasons to take up this cause in earnest.

“I’m a grandfather now and this only adds to my realization that our planet is a kind of lifeboat for all of us,” he said.

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