Monthly Chapter Meetings

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: https://www.polluterspayma.org

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. https://www.endfossilfuels.us/
Partnering Organizations: https://www.endfossilfuels.us/partner-orgs

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..

ECA Mass Chapter Meeting 3/14/23 – Eileen Ryan of Beyond Plastics Greater Boston  

Eileen Ryan and the Beyond Plastics crew can give you a thorough education on the horrifying pervasiveness of plastic around the globe, and how the government supports the  petrochemical industry which produces plastics. She’ll convince you that there is NO WAY to recycle ourselves out of the plastics problem, since most of it ISN’T: less than 6% of plastics produced were recycled in 2021. Beyond Plastics says to STOP “Wish-cycling” and focus on upstream solutions: stop making so much of the plastics we do, and work to support legislation to make the change to re-usable and refillable containers. And yes, it does relate to  the Climate Crisis, and ECA Mass will be supporting several bills in our Statehouse dealing with plastic solutions.

For more information go to BeyondPlastics.org or join Beyond Plastics Greater Boston

ECA Mass Chapter Meeting – 2/14/23 – Northeast Clean Energy Council and ECA Mass Legislative Update

The ECA Mass February chapter meeting consisted of three presentations. 

The first short presentation was by Seth Evans about the Third Act Day of Action against big banks on 3.21.23.

The main presentation was given by Michael Meehan, Communication and Outreach Director of the Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC). Michael’s slides are saved.

NECEC is the premier voice of businesses building a world-class clean energy hub in the Northeast. NECEC includes the Northeast Clean Energy Council (a nonprofit business member organization), and NECEC Institute (a nonprofit focused on industry research, innovation, policy development, and communications initiatives). NECEC brings together business leaders and key stakeholders to engage in influential policy discussions and business initiatives while building connections that propel the clean energy industry forward. The slides from the presentation are here.

The final presentation by Roger Luckmann was a Legislative team update on legislation and implementation.

The video from the chapter meeting is here.

ECA Mass chapter meeting – 1/10/23 – Building Electrification Accelerator (BEA) and Specialized Energy Code

The BEA is a growing community of municipal leaders and advocates in Massachusetts committed to a Commonwealth of sustainable, resilient, and healthy buildings, affordable and attainable for all. The BEA’s mission is to accelerate equitable building decarbonization in Massachusetts via municipal action. To further this mission, the BEA convenes municipal teams, catalyzes successful local policies and programs, and coordinates state-level action with allies.

 The BEA’s work began in 2020 around the fossil fuel prohibition warrant articles starting with Brookline and Arlington. Subsequently a dozen more municipalities passed similar articles and home rule petitions, leading to the 10-town pilot section of the Drive Climate Act signed by Governor Baker in August.  The BEA’s efforts have since expanded to prioritize collaborative projects retrofitting low-income housing, with a focus on environmental justice communities. The slides for the BEA presentation are here.

Next came a presentation by Arnie Epstein, Chair of the Stow Green Advisory Committee and facilitator of the ECA Mass research team.  Arnie provided an overview of the new building codes and the work being done in Stow to adopt the Specialized Energy Code at town meeting.  The slides for the presentation on Specialized Energy Code are here.

Watch the video here.

ECA Chapter Meeting – 12/13/22 -Representative Meschino

At the December ECA Mass chapter meeting Representative Joan Meschino reviewed the legislative climate victories of the last year and expressed optimism about another climate bill this coming legislative sessions that could address urgent issues related to decarbonizing buildings, phasing out natural gas and other concerns. The ECA Mass Legislative Team reported on their work on optimizing the management of the many tasks required to support legislative advocacy and their new undertaking to monitor and push forward implementation of the Roadmap and Wind/Climate bills.

Watch the video here.

ECA Chapter Meeting 11/8/22 – Green Energy Consumers Alliance

At the November chapter meeting we welcomed Larry Chretien, who for the past 23 years has been Executive Director of Green Energy Consumers Alliance, a non-profit based in Boston and Providence that harnesses the power of consumers to speed the transition to a low-carbon future. He highlighted the major energy and climate policy implications of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) – plus how the IRA can help with the switch to electric cars, heat pumps, and solar, including new incentives you should be aware of.

Watch the video for this chapter meeting here. The slide deck is here.

ECA Mass chapter meeting – 10/11/22 – Senator Creem

The Senator and majority leader, reviewed the progress made in the last session on addressing climate change.  She stressed the challenge with old approach to climate change, and instead of prohibitions and disincentives to change the focus to incentives. The Committee on Global Warming she chairs will look harder at the future role of gas and how to provide more support to retrofitting buildings. She also highlighted a variety of other priorities including promoting more urban trees and lessening light pollution. When asked about her advice to advocates, her reply is to help educate consumers on the incentives available to car buyers, home owners and others. She stressed that its not too late to save our climate. We must keep working. Finally, she also answered a variety of questions on climate programs and next steps from our members.

In the second half of the meeting, we heard from Paul Dryfoos of Elders for Sounds Democracy discussing 12 actions we could do now to promote a free and fair election.

The video for the chapter meeting is here.

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