Massachusetts

Mothers Raise Their Voices for #BostonCCE

Boston Mothers Out Front Jamaica Plain sparked a Twitter Storm on Mother's Day and the campaign continues! Thank you to everyone who participated!

 

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Why?

Boston CCE was passed unanimously by our Boston City Council and signed by Mayor Walsh in the fall of 2017. However, it STILL hasn’t been implemented.

We want to thank Mayor Walsh for CCE and let him know how important it is to us to implement it now.

 

What is Community Choice Energy?

Community Choice Energy (CCE), also known as municipal aggregation, will increase Boston’s clean energy portfolio by 5% and help Boston reach its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2020. It is an easy way to increase renewable energy use in Boston because there is no change to your electricity provider or the billing process. You turn on the lights and you are using 5% more clean energy.

Watch this video for more information!

 

Twitter Storm Highlights!

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Mothers Raise Awareness of Trees Killed by Gas Leaks

IN THE NEWS: On Saturday, May 12, Mothers Out Front Brookline and Newton teams held events to call attention to "natural" gas leaks in their communities and the consequences of those leaks. It's helpful to remember that we pay for this leaked gas and it creates a health risk and increases our greenhouse gas emissions which cause climate change.

#MomsAsMegaphones #FixBigGasLeaks #BrooklineGhostTrees

Watch the video report on NBC10 here:

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A Guide to Boston Mothers’ Facebook Groups

Thank you to Boston Magazine for including Mothers Out Front!

"Boston mothers’ groups have political sway, can rally their ranks at a moment’s notice, and have the power to make or break a local business with a single post. Here’s how to get on their good side."

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World Asthma Day #LetUsBreathe

Three Massachusetts were represented at World Asthma Day at the MA State House!

"Here we are at the State House in support of #LetUsBreathe, World Asthma Day, Workers Rights Day, really organized by the Green Justice Coalitionincluding Neighbor to Neighbor,ACE, Deeper Than Water. 

- Mina Reddy (Cambridge) Claire Humphrey (Jamaica Plain) and, Randi Soltysiak (Somerville).

 

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Mothers Out Front Amherst present Town Zero Energy bylaw with Town Officials

On April 10th, Mothers Out Front Amherst and Town officials were honored to present our Town Zero Energy bylaw to the Mass Zero Energy Advisory Council in the morning and to the Town Meeting Warrant Review at night. Very proud of our successful collaboration with Select Board members Andy Steinberg, Connie Kruger, Town Manager Paul Bockelman and DPW/Fire Station Advisory Committee Chair J Lynn Griesemer. Thanks to Chris Riddle (pictured below), Rudy Perkins, Anne Perkins, and the rest of the Mothers Out Front Amherst team.

Written by Mother Out Front Andra Rose

 

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Lincoln votes to become much greener!

Mothers Out Front Lincoln teamed up with the LS High School Environmental Club and Green Energy Committee to PASS four very important Green Resolutions at Lincoln’s Annual Town Meeting. The Lincoln team spent countless hours meeting with town administrators and employees, local boards and businesses to get broad support for these initiatives. In addition, a huge 'Get Out the Vote' effort was made that included tabling several mornings at the local transfer station, a 'Green Initiatives' postcard party and mailing, and an electronic phone chain/text to encourage people to show up and VOTE! And it worked!! Each of the following citizen petitions required a 2/3 majority citizen's vote and each passed with much more!

  • Plastic Water Bottle and Plastic Bag Bans: The Town of Lincoln now joins its neighbors of Sudbury and Concord in banning the sale of both single-use plastic water bottles and grocery bags- two big steps towards protecting our oceans, wildlife, health and climate from harmful single-use plastic.
  • Gas Leaks Resolution: The Town of Lincoln voted to support the Consumer Cost Protection Bill that will encourage local utilities to swiftly fix the 64 gas leaks in Lincoln.
  • Community Choice Aggregation: The Town of Lincoln voted to allow the Board of Selectmen to initiate the process to pool electricity purchasing power, negotiate price stability and source more renewable energy.

 


Mothers Show Up to say "No Natural Gas" at Environmental Bond Bill Hearing

On Thursday, March 15th, Governor Baker submitted to the Legislature a $1.4 billion bond bill — which would authorize the governor to spend the money at a future date — with $300 million slated "for critical infrastructure and the prevention, adaptation and mitigation of climate change," according to a letter Baker submitted with the bill. Climate resilience is just one element of the bond bill.   (Source: http://www.wbur.org/news/2018/03/15/baker-climate-plan.)

Mothers Out Front Massachusetts joined others from communities impacted by current and proposed fossil fuel infrastructure and Mass Power Forward allies on April 3rd to attend and testify at the hearing on the Environmental Bond Bill.

 

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Waltham team profiled in Podcast!

Listen to the podcast created by Nyomi White as an independent project for Brandeis University and find out what the Waltham team is up to!

 


Renewables & Energy Efficiency Team Meets with Representative's Office

Mothers Out Front’s Renewables & Energy Efficiency Task Force met with Representative Golden’s office on March 7th. The conversation was about increasing the RPS rate to 3% and why we don't need more pipelines or natural gas to meet our energy needs. Rep. Golden is the house chair of the Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy committee and is in charge of deciding by Friday what to do with the RPS increase.

 

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L to R: Debbie New, Eugenia Gibbons, Elizabeth Cooper, Caleb Oakes, Anne Goodwin, Susan Redlich and Mary Cerulli at the Statehouse today for a meeting. Caleb Oakes is Rep. Thomas Golden's legislative staffer.

 


Jamaica Plain hosts first ever "Taste of the Future" House Party!

Twenty-five curious faces focused intently on Viki Bok’s induction-electric stove at one of the first Taste the Future cooking parties on March 4th in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.

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