Monthly Chapter Meetings

Monthly Chapter Meeting—2/13/2024 – Offshore wind and climate legislative updates

At noon, we welcomed Kelt Wilska, Offshore Wind Director at the Environmental League of Massachusetts and his colleague Francis Eanes, Executive Director of Maine Labor Climate Council,

Kelt Wilska and Francis Eanes

Offshore wind is the single biggest lever we can pull to fight the climate crisis and ensure that our planet is habitable for our children and grandchildren. It can also create thousands of good-paying union jobs and bring robust economic benefits to coastal and inland communities that have been left behind.

The New England for Offshore Wind coalition and League of Women Voters of Massachusetts cohosted a three-part webinar series to help attendees learn about the value of critical East Coast offshore wind projects to our climate goals and what is threatening their timely deployment.

We followed this discussion with a debrief of our successful Lobby Day Jan. 24, when 29 ECA members visited over 20 legislative offices in the Statehouse! We had meetings with our Senators and Representatives about the proposed bills we want favorably reported out of the TUE and ENR Joint Committees. With our Legislative and Leadership Teams we considered our follow up on this with some possible 2024 strategic initiatives.

The slides from Kelt Wilska’s presentation are here. The video of the chapter meeting is here.

Monthly Chapter Meeting – 1/9/2024

With Special Guest Rep. Steve Owens
Co-Chair of MA Legislators Clean Energy Caucus

Rep. Steve Owens, co-chair of the MA Legislators Clean Energy Caucus joined us in the first hour of the meeting to discuss the caucus activities, current climate legislation in the Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TUE) committee and other electrification bills.

After, we discussed strategy and options for legislative advocacy in 2024, including meetings with key legislators and You, our members, in legislators’ district offices or in the State House. The Legislative Team is planning a Lobby Day with key committee chairs and other legislators on January 24th, ECA Mass members will show up in the State House in our green ECA shirts to let our legislators know where we stand.

The video of the chapter meeting is here.

Monthly Chapter Meeting – 12/12/2023

We hosted State Representative Jeffrey Roy who was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives for the 10th Norfolk District in 2012. He represents the residents of Franklin and Medway on Beacon Hill. Rep Roy was appointed Chairperson of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, which has responsibility for many bills related to climate. We asked Rep. Roy to offer his perspective on several critical issues the legislature and administration are facing including:

  • What policies and sources of funding can we count on to help us meet our daunting 2030 targets for decarbonization of buildings and transportation?
  • How fast can we transition from natural gas to electricity for heating and other building energy needs?
  • What reforms do we need in the permitting process for siting electric grid infrastructure to ensure we can get the increasing amounts of clean energy we will need without delay?

We then had a presentation from Kathy Raiz from Beyond Plastics Greater Boston about how to do the Winter Holidays more sustainably, with less consumerism driving climate change, LESS PLASTIC, and less trash and waste. What can we do to change that?

For your remaining holiday shopping, check out this plastic free gift giving guide from the Plastic Pollution Coalition.

To round out our meeting Seth Evan led a discussion of COP28, the annual conference on climate change attended by over 200 countries.

The video from the chapter meeting is here.

Monthly Chapter Meeting – 11/14/2023

November’s chapter meeting was our first since the pandemic where we had an opportunity to meet in person or participate via Zoom.  This hybrid meeting was held at the Arlington library, and with just a few technical glitches, it was a success, and we plan to continue this format for our chapter meetings once a quarter.  Below is the group that were at the Arlington library.

Beverly Craig and Justin Packs from the Mass Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) provided an overview of the Center’s activities and a tour of the recently released “Clean Energy Lives Here” website, which offers one-stop-shopping for everything you need to know to decarbonize your home.

This was followed by an update from our legislative team on the status of bills we are following and what to expect for advocacy in the new year.  The meeting concluded with breakout sessions where we discussed what actions we have taken as individuals to reduce our carbon footprint and our plans and challenges for continuing this work.

The video from our hybrid chapter meeting is here.

Monthly Chapter Meeting – 10/10/2023

With Guest Congressman Jake Auchincloss

This meeting took place on October 10, 2023

This meeting was not recorded.

This month, we welcomed Congressman Jake Auchincloss, who is serving his second term representing the Massachusetts Fourth District. In addition to his work on the committees for Transportation & Infrastructure and the Select Committee on Strategic Competition Between the United States and China, his areas of focus include healthcare, clean energy, gun violence, and building a strong middle class. We expect to hear updates from him on the IRA and maybe the Farm Bill, with time for discussion and for you to ask your questions too.

Monthly Chapter Meeting – 9/12/2023
with guest Katie Theoharides

Our Chapter Meetings are Monthly on the second Tuesday and held via Zoom

Kathleen Theoharides (Katie) was our guest. Katie is the CEO of the Trustees of Reservations. She is the former Head of US Offshore for RWE, a green energy company. Previously, she was the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In this role, she oversaw the Commonwealth’s six environmental, natural resource and energy regulatory agencies, which include the Departments of Environmental Protection, Public Utilities, Energy Resources, Conservation & Recreation, Agricultural Resources, and Fish & Game. Ms. Theoharides has also served as Chair of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, the Energy Facilities Siting Board, and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

Ms. Theoharides talked with us about her new position working at a private non-profit and how she is working to prioritize adaptation and mitigation to climate change in this role. She spoke t both the successes and challenges of her new role.

We also watched a brief video together for an update on the Springfield Climate Justice Coalition and their campaign to stop Eversource’s pipeline.

Eversource Gas is planning on building a new high-pressure metering station in Longmeadow that would connect to a new high-pressure gas pipeline which would run 5.3 miles a regulator station in downtown Springfield.

The video of this chapter meeting is here.

Monthly Chapter Meeting – 8/8/2023
Updates on “Make Polluters Pay” & Hanscom Expansion Campaign

At our August chapter meeting, we were informed about several urgent actions to take, and to begin acting on them.

1 – Make Polluters Pay

We heard from Representative Steve Owens about the Make Polluters bill (H.872) that will create a climate superfund, penalizing the worst polluters of greenhouse gasses, and funding resilience and adaptation projects in communities most impacted by climate change.

The Mass Polluters Pay Campaign is part of a national push to Make Polluters Pay, as we are campaigning alongside political leaders and activists in Vermont, Maryland, and New York. For more info, visit:

2. Hanscom airport private jet expansion

Roger Luckmann informed us about plans at Hanscom field to increase capacity for private jets. Take action here to prevent the expansion of Hanscom field and reduce airplane emissions.
• Sign the online Petition to Governor Healey (link below) urging her to stop the
senseless North Airfield private jet hangar expansion plans AND
• Share it widely with your friends, communities, networks, and throughout MA.
You will find options to share on social media on the sign-on page.
Click here to sign on the online petition This petition launches the Campaign to Stop Super-Emitter Private Jet Expansion at Hanscom—or Any Airport.

3 – Sept. 17 National Day of Action

We began to organize for the Sept. 17 National Day of Action.  ECA National is organizing a hub where we will meet up with people from other ECA chapters. We will explore options for going there as a group, with our “accomplices” in 350 Mass, MCAN, Mothers Out Front and friends on buses or on the train. This action is planned to amplify the Sept 20 UN Climate Ambition Summit in New York and make demands on our executive branch to quickly phase out all dependence on fossil fuels.
Partnering Organizations:

And if you are not going to NYC, WHAT ARE YOU DOING WHERE YOU ARE??

The video from the August chapter meeting is here.

ECA Mass Chapter Meeting – 7/11/23 Guests Climate Chief Melissa Hoffer & Rep. Sean Garballey

The July chapter meeting ECA Mass hosted Climate Chief Melissa Hoffer followed by Rep Sean Garballey. Chief Hoffer reviewed the accomplishments of the past six months including:

  • The Climate Bank
  • Forests as Climate Solutions
  • MA DOT Vehicle Dashboard
  • The Clean Energy Siting & Permitting Committee

Hoffer was asked about what other options the state has to address Greenhouse Gas Emissions. She said she would review the Roadmap Law Chapter 21N Section 6 that gives the Secretary authority to implement other programs and initiatives.

Although Hoffer was optimistic about the state’s achievements she sees the global warming effects on climate and the need to break through the barriers quickly.

Rep Sean Garballey shared his plans to use his Chairmanship of the House Global Warming Committee to conduct oversight hearings on the state’s efforts. He wants to conduct a statewide climate listening tour to provide opportunities for community members to share ideas and input to address reducing emissions.

The video of the chapter meeting is here.

ECA Mass Chapter Meeting – 6/13/23 – Legislative Priorities

The ECA Mass June chapter meeting consisted of reports from both the Legislative Team’s Building and Energy Work Groups. This was followed by a thorough review of the top priority legislation for this session which will be posted on the website. A discussion of legislative advocacy by members ended the meeting.

All priority and supported bill are here. Priority bills in the building sector are here. Priority bills in the energy sector are here. Other supported bills are here.

The video of the chapter meeting is here.

ECA Mass Chapter Meeting – 4/11/23 – Zero carbon buildings with Lisa Cunningham and Logan Malik

Lisa Cunningham (ZeroCarbonMA) gave a presentation on the 10 community Demonstration Program and the legislation to expand the program to any community who wants to join and how this relates to achieving equity and climate goals in MA.  Lisa’s presentation is here.

Logan Malik (MCAN) gave a presentation about the Zero Carbon Renovation Fund (H.3232/S.2365) which will provide for retrofits for buildings/homes in environmental justice communities in Massachusetts. Logan’s presentation is here.

Roger Luckmann reviewed the ECAMass legislative team update with information about the bill priority process.  

Seth Evans led a discussion on the new IPCC.synthesis report.

The video for the chapter meeting is here..

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