Massachusetts

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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Youth Stand in at the State House

Several Mothers Out Front from MA were at the State House on November 7th for the Youth Stand-in. Randi’s daughter April gave an amazing speech expressing the urgency of acting now for climate change in the face of worsened natural disasters and melting ice caps. I was inspired by these children—from elementary-aged kids to college students—telling the governor that this is not a future problem, this is a now problem, and we need to act. They asked him to be the first governor to promise no new fossil fuel infrastructure in the state. 

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My little one was kind of tired….but you can still help with a sign sitting down.

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By Beth Rodio, MA Mother Out Front


Bedford Residents Demand Gov. Baker Take Action to End New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

Mothers Out Front Janet Powers and Dorothy Anderson-Perales joined the Mass. Power Forward allies to stand in at the MA State House:

"Over the course of seven weeks over 100 residents have joined the lunch hour stand-ins outside the Governor’s office. Said Janet Powers 'We’ll keep coming back until the Governor does the right thing. The gas pipelines and power plants he supports are not needed, hurt our communities and cost us billions.'”

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Community Choice Energy in Boston - Partnering with Allies

We knew it was a good sign when City Council’s President Michelle Wu presided over the Community Choice Energy (CCE) hearing with her baby in her lap. Climate change and its threats seemed more urgent with one of the youngest  members of our community sitting on her lap. Clean energy advocates, including over twenty Mothers Out Front mothers - some with their own children by their side - packed the large room to demonstrate support for CCE. A day later the Boston City Council voted unanimously to implement it! CCE allows Boston to purchase 5% more clean energy than the state-mandated minimum. Over 200,000 households and small businesses will have access to clean energy without having to do more than just switch on their lights. CCE_Hearing.jpg


Amherst aims for Zero Energy and Local Green Electricity

Amherst's Mothers have two items on the Town Meeting warrant. One calls for all new public buildings to be net Zero Energy. The other calls for support to go 100% renewable and introduces the California model of Community Choice Energy that we're working on with activists from Pelham and Northampton for a multi-community CCE.

We've presented to several town committees and are organizing members to email and call their TM reps. It's a great opportunity to involve members who aren't actively counting already. There has been lots of press, letters to the editor, and positive responses from the community.


Why Net Zero Planning Matters for Bedford

Mother Out Front Renu Bostwick of Bedford is working with her team to push their town toward Net Zero Planning. Read her article for The Bedford Citizen.

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Deidre Deegan speaking at candidate forum in Cambridge

Mother Out Front Deidre Deegan speaking at candidate forum in Cambridge on Climate resiliency, September 26, 2017.


Mothers in RTO Insider News!

Moms take the mic and raise the stakes at the RTO public forum:

"The forum’s 150 attendees were mostly industry stakeholders, regulators and RTO officials. But there was also a three-woman contingent from Mothers Out Front, a climate change activist group, who pressed RTO planners on the region’s continued reliance on fossil-fueled generation. Carol Chamberlain, of Arlington, Mass., raised concerns about methane leaks in the natural gas supply chain. Randi Soltysiak, of Somerville, Mass., criticized the RTO’s plan for not shifting more heavily to carbon-free sources."

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Gas Leaks Allies are ready to help make MA safer

In Massachusetts, "the Gas Leaks Allies — a coalition of 21 environmental groups, researchers, legal and policy experts, health professionals, labor unions, community organizations, and MOTHERS — are ready to help..." the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) "find manageable ways to measure and monitor methane emissions so we can establish dramatic but achievable goals." #TogetherWeCanDoThis

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