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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Mothers Out Front Amherst organized an event with Darren Port of the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP). He spoke to an audience of 30 about communities using energy efficiency and renewables to get to Zero Energy.
Mother Out Front Suzanne Hitchcock-Bryan was published! Her Letter to the Editor calls on Speaker Deleo to honor his commitment to prioritizing health and public safety.
Mothers Out Front volunteers Viki Bok and Andee Krasner #UsedTheirMomVoice and sent in Letters to the Editor on two topics close to their hearts: questioning the need for "natural" gas pipelines and supporting an annual RPS increase of 3%.
Read the 3rd and 5th letters entitled: "It is time to stop talking about more pipelines" and "Clean energy is the answer."
On January 28th, the Jamaica Plain Mothers Out Front team continued its tradition of hosting a winter open house – a chance to meet neighbors, introduce Mothers Out Front, share stories, and hear informally from a local speaker, the perfect cure for New England winter doldrums. Viki Bok hosted our first such event a couple of years ago in the midst of a snowstorm, which even with the weather attracted some very motivated newcomers to our team.