Massachusetts

Two NEW Teams in Ipswich and Gloucester!

Read the story of how making connections grows our power, by Kristine Jelstrup

Early in 2017, Ginger Ryan and I went to the MA Climate Action Network Conference in Boston. I ran into a friend who is involved with 350 North Shore. He wanted 350 North Shore to ally with Mothers Out Front because we have a reputation at making things happen on the local and state level. I told him the best way to do that was to have Mothers Out Front teams on the North Shore, so he set about trying to make that happen. 


Pioneer Valley Team working to make Net Zero happen!

MA - Work on the ground continues after the vote to switch to 100% renewable for municipal buildings in Amherst.

Andra Rose notes: "This article includes a celebratory photo of us thanking Town Meeting members after our 100% Renewable Energy and Zero Energy articles won. See the super mom cape?"

"…Those in the construction field who signed onto a letter of support for the bylaw argue that zero energy is becoming much easier and doable, and that the worries don’t match reality. Bruce Coldham, a retired Amherst architect, said skeptics have been challenging him since he built his first zero energy project 15 years ago.

'It’s a wonderful opportunity to turn wishful thinking into real achievement,' Coldham said. 'This is a watershed moment.'”

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Mothers witness 100+-year-old Tree Removal at Walden Pond

Mothers Out Front from Concord (Carolyn Wilkins) and Acton (Judith Aronstein) are #inthenews reporting a gas leak at Walden Pond, thought to contribute to the death of a 100+-year-old tree, which was removed.

“It’s a clear and overpowering gas leak,” Carolyn Wilkins of the Concord chapter of Mothers Out Front said minutes before a huge crane removed the tree in pieces.

Mothers Out Front is an environmental activism organization seeking to have gas leaks plugged. It cites scientific studies showing methane gas is harmful to the environment.

National Grid has said there are 126 natural gas leaks in Concord. All but three, including the leak near the white pine at Walden Pond, are classified as Grade 3, which pose the least risk of combustion."

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Renewables Task Force collecting info about energy efficiency - preparing for tour!

From Daria Mark - Volunteer Lead - Renewables Task Force

"December 7, 2017 - This morning a group of us talked to WegoWise about their software for Water, Electricity, Gas and Oil use monitoring. Wegowise started with a project with MassSave for affordable housing buildings in MA and are now nationwide using their software as a tool to cut cost, which comes with cutting fossil fuel use, and thus, carbon. Do you monitor your energy use? An app? A software? The Renewables Task Force which I lead is rolling out energy efficiency presentations all around the state and we'd love to have a way to track what our participants are doing for carbon reductions."

Email info.ma.brookline@mothersoutfront.org with any information you'd like to share!

 

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Letter: Paola Massoli: No need for pipelines or natural gas plants

Here's one mother's view of our use of "natural" gas:

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Because We All Love Our Children

With gratitude to our friend and ally, Audrey Schulman of HEET and the Barr Foundation for this outstanding blog post about our collective efforts in Massachusetts to #FixBigGasleaks.

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In An Unlikely Partnership, Local Environmentalists And Utilities Work Together To Reduce Gas Leaks

Find out what unlikely partners with common goals have accomplished in MA in this WGBH News coverage!

"For years, Shulman’s organization and another environmental advocacy group called Mothers Out Front have been trying to get the gas companies to do something about the leaks. Initially, getting the utility’s cooperation was a challenge..."

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WBUR - Boston Begins Effort To Become Carbon Neutral By 2050

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Read the article below!

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TONIGHT: LIVESTREAMING Amherst, Mass Celebrates Barring Fossil Fuels In New Municipal Buildings

 

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November 13, 2017

Contact: Andra Rose, amherstamr@gmail.com,  413-687-0019

             Christopher Riddle, riddlecer@gmail.com

             Lee Jennings, leelandj@gmail.com,  413-549-3929

 

Media Advisory: Monday Action Celebrating Amherst, MA Vote to Bar Fossil Fuel Use In New Municipal Buildings

What: Area Zero Energy Building Campaign Action to thank Town Meeting members and enlist help for long haul support of Zero Energy Buildings after successful vote on Nov. 8.

Where: Amherst, MA Middle School, 170 Chestnut St., Amherst, MA

When: Monday, November 13, 2017, 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM, prior to Town Meeting.

 

WATCH THE LIVESTREAM ON THE MOTHERS OUT FRONT PIONEER VALLEY FACEBOOK PAGE HERE.


BEDFORD: Net Zero Funding Approved in Article 2

"Bedford Mothers Out Front is pleased to report that Bedford’s Special Town Meeting approved funding to develop a Net Zero plan for Bedford. So many voters attended on Monday night, Nov 6, that they overflowed the high school auditorium and had to be accommodated in the library and additional classrooms."

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