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.