Events Archive 2020 July-December

THURSDAY — JULY 2, 2020 — ONLINE
Mass Save Zoom
— Energy Efficiency: Mass Save Specials for Summer

YES! You can make your home or business more energy efficient, even during the pandemic

During a time when MassSave contractors cannot enter your home, Mass Save sponsors are offering special no-cost incentives for homeowners, landlords and renters, and for small businesses.

  • Right now, for any qualifying residential customer who schedules a Virtual Home Energy Assessment by July 31, the Mass Save program will cover 100% of your insulation upgrade costs.
  • Small businesses (over 85% of the businesses in Pittsfield!) can receive any of a number of 100% no-cost incentives if they schedule a Virtual Assessment and have a signed contract in place by August 31.

Please join us to find out how you can sign up to save money and help save the environment by saving energy.

Rose Wessel is director of BEAT’s No Fracked Gas in Mass program and EE-Pittsfield initiative. EE-Pittsfield is assisting the City of Pittsfield in meeting the goals of MassSave’s Municipal Partnership program, boosting participation in MassSave programs for homeowners, renters, landlords and small businesses in the city of Pittsfield and beyond.

Free public event. Hosted by No Fracked Gas in Mass and Berkshire Environmental Action Team

6 PM – 7 PM
Online
» Facebook event page
» Register required – please register here

WEDNESDAY — JULY 8, 2020 — ONLINE
DeLeo lobby day
Speaker DeLeo: Bring H4440 to Vote. Allow Fossil Fuel Divestment

Fossil fuel stocks are high risk, the worst performers in the stock market for a decade and now plummeting further due the pandemic. We must protect city and county pensions in Massachusetts from failing investments in coal, oil and gas. Currently, state regulators say that local retirement systems need a legislative statute to divest.

Please email your State Representative by July 10 and ask that they urge Speaker DeLeo to bring H4440 to a vote this year. This bill would provide a local option for independent retirement boards to divest from fossil fuels, if they choose to.

More Info & Sample Email

In 2017, the Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission (PERAC) forced the Somerville Retirement Board to reverse its decision to divest from fossil fuels. They would have earned 5% more on their pension portfolio! How much are the local retirement systems in your district losing? Here’s the Somerville case study.

To learn more, join us for an Online Lobby Day Wednesday, July 8 at noon.

Free public event. Hosted by MassDivest Coalition, SEIU 509, Stop The Money Pipeline Massachusetts, Stop the Money Pipeline, Mass Sierra Club, 350 Mass for a Better Future, Sunrise Movement Boston, 350 Central Mass, 350MA Berkshire Node, Elders Climate Action – Massachusetts Chapter, Our Revolution Massachusetts, Extinction Rebellion MA, Mothers Out Front in Cambridge and Climate Courage

12 PM – 1:15 PM
Online
» Facebook event page
» Register here

MONDAY – FRIDAY — JULY 13 – 17, 2020 — ONLINE
Audubon teacher professional development
Climate Change Online Teacher Professional Development

Earth and Human Activity: Climate Change Science & Community-Based Solutions. Online Professional development for teachers of grades 6-12.

This online professional development opportunity allows participants to investigate climate science and community-based solutions with local scientists. Through online classes and field work, participants will learn about ecological restoration, climate resilience, adaptation, mitigation, and how to understand global trends and identify local solutions. There is a suggested callback session in the fall to discuss implementation.

July 13th, 14th and 17th are online sessions with Mass Audubon staff. July 15th and 16th are self-scheduled independent work out in the field. Suggested callback in the fall, date TBD.

Public event (fees apply). Registration is required. Hosted by Mass Audubon
Mass Audubon Members: $150.00
Nonmembers: $180.00

Begins 10 AM on Monday; Ends 1 PM on Friday
Online
» Facebook event page
» Register and purchase tickets

WEDNESDAY — JULY 15, 2020 — ONLINE
climate psych
The Psychology of Climate Change Communication

Despite all of the articles, news reports, and documentaries, there are still many who lack an understanding, acceptance and a sense of urgency about the climate crisis. This presentation will explore the reasons for this, including some of the problems with the messaging that has typically been used. We’ll look at the importance of taking into account the mindset and established beliefs of the audience for climate messages. We’ll also address some of the common misconceptions and suggest ways to explain the relevant concepts.

Presented by Dr. Joe Silverman

Free public event. Hosted by Earth Optimism Coalition of Greater Springfield

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT
Online
» Facebook event page
» Register here to receive Zoom link

THURSDAY — JULY 16, 2020 — ONLINE
FERC bells
Tell FERC No More Tolling!

On Thursday, July 16, for the first time in decades, the FERC commissioners will be holding their monthly meeting without the legal use of “tolling.” The US Court of Appeals in DC ruled that this “Kafkaeqsue” tool of injustice (their word), was illegal and must be ended by a 10-1 vote.

“Tolling” stops us from going to court after FERC rubber-stamps pipeline permits. In some cases pipeline fighters have had to wait 15 months, before FERC rejects their administrative appeal. During that time pipeline companies are allowed to seize land by eminent domain and engage in construction. FERC has “tolled” every case for the last 12 years when groups have filed administrative appeals. And in every case they have eventually denied the appeal!

FERC can’t do this anymore, but they can still rubber stamp fossil fuel infrastructure permits, and with their three Trump-appointed Republican commissioners, they can continue to take action to make it more difficult and expensive for renewable energy to access the US electrical grid. We must continue to organize and fight!

Join us next Thursday as we take action on the day they have their July commissioners meeting.

We’ll hear from Donna Chavis, one of the leaders of the successful effort to defeat the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, and Francis Eatherington, an Oregon landowner who has been fighting since 2005 to stop a proposed pipeline that would connect to a Jordan Cove LNG export terminal. We’ll also have tools and tactics so you can contact FERC Directly and make your voice heard!

Free public event. Hosted by Beyond Extreme Energy #BXE

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Online
» Facebook event page          
» Register here          

THURSDAY — JULY 23, 2020 — ONLINE
Berkeley LawReport Launch Webinar: Building a Sustainable Electric Vehicle Battery Supply Chain

The adoption of millions of electric vehicles needed to combat climate change will mark a major shift in mining activities across the world. To get the needed lithium, cobalt and other minerals for the batteries, countries and companies are turning to deep-sea mining, lithium deposits in Nevada and California’s Salton Sea, and further exploiting resources in places such as the South American “lithium triangle” region and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) cobalt mines, among others.

CLEE and the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) covered some of the basics of the battery supply chain in a recent FAQ. While critics point to the localized environmental (and sometimes human rights) impacts of mining as a reason not to adopt electric vehicles (often ignoring the alternative impacts of oil and gas production), the technology represents a significant leap forward from a greenhouse-gas emission perspective. Lifetime emission reductions of an EV are generally 50% greater than with an internal combustion engine vehicle, and as much as 85% more in areas with high renewable energy adoption.

But the companies, countries, and advocates involved in the supply chain still have much work to do to ensure greater sustainability,  in terms of local environmental and human rights impacts, as well as to promote the equitable distribution of economic benefits for the people living in mineral-rich countries.

CLEE and NRGI will cover this topic in-depth in a forthcoming report, to be launched next Thursday. As part of the launch, please join our upcoming webinar that day on Thursday, July 23rd, at 9am PT (noon ET and 6pm CET). Panelists will discuss mechanisms to address sustainability concerns and build a better supply chain, as well as summarize key findings from the new report.

Speakers:

Patrick Heller, Senior Visiting Fellow, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE) Advisor, Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI)

Michael Maten, Automotive Public Policy, Electrification, Portfolio Planning and Strategy, General Motors

Daniel Mulé, Senior Policy Advisor for Tax and Extractive Industries, Oxfam

Payal Sampat, Mining Program Director, Earthworks

Moderators:

Ethan Elkind, Director, Climate Program, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE)

Ted Lamm, Research Fellow, Climate Program, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE)

Free public event.

12 PM Eastern Time
Online
» Register here

THURSDAY — JULY 23, 2020 — ONLINE
gas free kitchen
BDC Presents: Health Effects from Gas Stoves

We spend up to 90% of our time in buildings, breathing air that is very likely more polluted than outdoor air. Decades of research shows that gas stoves can expose people to high levels of pollutants inside the home, posing health risks. In May, Rocky Mountain Institute, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Mothers Out Front, and Sierra Club published a report (Health Effects from Gas Stove Pollution) summarizing peer-reviewed research from the last twenty years into eight key findings. The report was featured in more than 150 original articles and reprinted stories, including high-profile coverage in The Guardian, POLITICO, Vox, Bloomberg, and Mother Jones.

Join lead authors Brady Seals and Andee Krasner to discuss the findings of the study, highlights of action being taken to protect public health from gas stove pollution, and recommendations for policymakers, healthcare organizations, individuals, and researchers.

Free public event. Hosted by Building Decarbonization Coalition.

1 PM EST
Online
» Register here

THURSDAY — JULY 23, 2020 — ONLINE RALLY
drop trans mountain
Online Rally: Liberty Mutual, Drop Trans Mountain!

RIGHT NOW, Liberty Mutual is deciding if it will continue providing insurance for the rights-violating, climate-wrecking Trans Mountain pipeline. The risks of Trans Mountain are so great that it cannot legally transport any oil without insurance backing. That means if we can stop the flow of insurance money, we can stop the flow of oil.

Join the rally, learn about Indigenous-led resistance to Trans Mountain, and take collective action demanding that Liberty Mutual drop the project.

Speakers include:

  • Kayah George, Indigenous water protector from the Tulalip Tribes and Tsleil-Waututh Nation
  • Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network
  • Grassroots activists bringing the demands to the doorsteps of Liberty Mutual!

Free public event. Hosted by Unfriend Fossil Fuels, Rainforest Action Network and 7 others

5 PM – 6:15 PM EASTERN
Online
» Facebook event page      
» RSVP and register          

FRIDAY — JULY 24, 2020 — ONLINE
neighbor to neighbor
— MA Environmental Justice Legislative Briefing

All people have a right to be protected from environmental pollution, to live and work in a healthy environment, and to enjoy parks and nature.

The people most likely to live next to a dirty power plant or close to a noisy highway are people of color, low-paid and low-income people, and residents who do not speak English well or at all. Environmental Justice (EJ) is the power of people to influence decisions about what happens in their neighborhood and to be protected by environmental laws.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the dangers of allowing pollution to concentrate in EJ communities. Rates of infection are much higher in EJ communities than wealthy and white communities, and all of the top ten municipalities with the highest number of COVID-19 cases are EJ communities.

Residents throughout the Commonwealth have united for decades to push back against trash burning, highway expansion, and power plants in communities disproportionately exposed to environmental burdens.

From the Commonwealth’s first EJ policy in 2002 to a 2014 executive order, the new millennium showed signs of progress. But today, inequality in Massachusetts continues to worsen and the state has not fulfilled its commitment to EJ.

We are hosting this legislative briefing to shed light on these inequities, and urge the Massachusetts State Legislator that the time is now to pass EJ legislation.

Speakers

We will have a Keynote Presentation from Melissa Hoffer (Chief, Energy & Environment Bureau at Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office) and Rebecca Tepper (Deputy Bureau Chief, Energy and Environment Bureau; Chief, Energy and Telecom. Division) of the Attorney General’s Office to share the recent brief on COVID-19 and EJ that was released from the AGO in May.

Additional speakers include:
-Reverend Mariama White-Hammond,
-Our legislative sponsors:
-Representative Liz Miranda — 5th Suffolk District representing Roxbury and Dorchester
-Representative Adrian Madaro — 1st Suffolk District representing East Boston
-Representative Michelle Dubois — 10th Plymouth District representing Brockton, East Bridgewater, and West Bridgewater
-Senator Sal DiDomenico — Middlesex & Suffolk representing Cambridge, Everett, Boston, and Chelsea
-Senator Eldridge — Middlesex & Worcester representing Acton, Ayer, Boxborough, Harvard, Hudson, Littleton, Marlborough, Maynard, Northborough, Shirley, Southborough, Stow, Sudbury, Westborough, and Devens
-Madeleine K. Scammell, D.Sc
-Gaurab Basu, MD, MPH
-Marcos Luna, Ph.D.
-Sofia Owen Staff Attorney at ACE

Free public event. Hosted by Neighbor To Neighbor Massachusetts Education Fund

9:30 AM – 11 AM
Online
» Facebook event page         
» Register here          

TUESDAY — JULY 28, 2020 — ONLINE

praise the dead
Praise the Dead: The role of dead trees and fire in forest ecosystems
George Wuerthner is an ecologist and has published 38 books, including Wildfire: A Century of Failed Forest Policy, Protecting the Wild: Parks and Wilderness Foundation for Conservation and Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of the Earth.

Many of us have heard about the wildfires in the West. Why are they happening? What about Massachusetts? Are we at risk for forest fires here? Why are controlled burns being done on our state lands? Are they beneficial or counterproductive? Are policy changes needed and if so, what should be considered?

George will discuss his experience in the West and talk about planned forest fires on Massachusetts state lands for habitat restoration and fire suppression. He will speak about the Montague Plains, Muddy Brook Wildlife Management Area, and Myles Standish State Forest as examples of restoring pine barrens, the cultural and ecological histories of these areas, and the benefits of letting nature take its course in forest ecosystems.

Free public event. Hosted by Climate Action Now & Save Massachusetts Forests

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. EST
Online
» Facebook event page
» Register here

WEDNESDAY — JULY 29, 2020 — ONLINE
PIP meeting online
— Virtual Meeting To Discuss Contamination Issues at Compressor Site

This meeting will be held by TRC, the environmental consultant for Enbridge. TRC has been leading the “cleanup” process for known contamination at the North Parcel. This process is also referred to as the “PIP” (Public Involvement Plan). This is a follow-up meeting to previous public meetings held by TRC.

We will post more information soon, including a the link to the meeting. We’d like to have as many people as possible in attendance. Please RSVP from Facebook event page to let us know if you can make it. Thank you!

Free public event. Hosted by Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station

6:30 PM – 9 PM
Online
» Facebook event page includes zoom meeting info           

THURSDAY — JULY 30, 2020 — ONLINE

A Changing Climate: Anti-Racism & Boston’s Environmental Justice

This webinar will address the topic of how Systemic Racism affects Boston’s climate and environmental work to create disparate realities for Black communities in Boston. Black communities in Boston are disproportionately climate and environmental justice communities, as the projections of all of the greatest climate impacts will drastically impact this community. This is common not only in these impacts, but also within the realm of rampant income & wealth disparities, gentrification & displacement, and many other societal impacts. At the core, each of these come from the same source: Systemic Racism.

As Boston has pledged to be a leader in combating racism and racism has been listed as a public health crisis, this conversation serves as the beginning of an effort to combat the racism that exists in the climate and environmental work. This is all to take powerful steps forward to completely rid Boston of the insidious residue of racism. Anti-Racism is powerful in how we must accomplish these lofty goals, as it aims to change the structures that allow for racism, in all of its forms, to pervade our society. We must integrate this ideology and practices into all facets of our society to counteract the effects racism has had on the Black communities ability to be strong, thriving, and resilient to any danger.

If you are interested in participating in this conversation, please register. If you have any questions, feel free to email David Corbie at David.Corbie@Boston.Gov.

Free public event. Hosted by the City of Boston

5:30 PM
Online
» Register here to receive link

TUESDAY — AUGUST 18, 2020 — ONLINE WEBINAR
toxic oppression
7pm ET
Online
» Register by texting ‘TOXIC’ (413) 214-5100

THURSDAY — AUGUST 20, 2020 — ONLINE WEBINAR
hybrid futureAre Renewables+Storage ‘Hybrids’ the Future of Power Generation?

Across the United States, developers are seizing the opportunity to combine advanced generation technologies like solar and wind with energy storage into a single “hybrid” power plant. Hybrids have the potential to bring many benefits to consumers and our power system, including increased efficiency, flexibility, and reliability. A recent FERC technical conference focused on issues related to hybrid resources, and across the country, RTOs/ISOs are looking at how grid planning, operations, interconnection practices, and wholesale energy market rules need to change to capture the value of these resources. Our panel of grid operators, project developers, and hybrid power plant experts will discuss the changing resource landscape, ongoing regulatory efforts to incorporate hybrid resources, and what is still needed to allow hybrids to reach their full market potential.

Panelists

    • Mark Ahlstrom, VP, Renewable Energy Policy, NextEra Energy Resources & NextEra Analytic
    • Kenneth Ragsdale, P.E., Principal, Market Design and Analysis, ERCOT
    • Kelli Joseph, Director, Markets and Regulatory Policy, Clearway
    • Deb Le Vine, Director, Infrastructure Contracts and Management, California ISO
    • Betsy Beck, Director, Organized Markets, Enel Green Power
    • Caitlin Marquis, Director, Advanced Energy Economy

Free public event. Hosted by Advanced Energy Economy (AEE)

1-2:15pm ET
Online
» Register here

THURSDAY — AUGUST 20, 2020 — ONLINE WEBINAR
clean energy states alliance
— State Leadership in Clean Energy: SMUD’s Energy Storage Shares Program

This webinar, presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance, will showcase two new energy storage programs being pioneered by Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD).

First is SMUD’s 2020 State Leadership in Clean Energy Award-winning, first-in-the-nation Energy StorageShares program. This program allows commercial customers to engage in virtual demand charge management by purchasing shares in a utility-owned and -sited battery, which is placed in an optimal location to provide grid benefits and lower costs for all customers.

The webinar will also address SMUD’s residential Smart Energy Optimizer program, which makes use of day ahead price signals to direct customer battery dispatch to specific times of day to enhance grid benefits.

Audience questions will be answered following the presentations.

Speaker: James Frasher, Sr. Strategic Business Planner, ESR&D, SMUD
Moderator: Todd Olinsky-Paul, Senior Project Director, CESA

This webinar is one in a series highlighting the winners of the 2020 State Leadership in Clean Energy Awards.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
Online – free public event
» Learn more here
» Register here

THURSDAY — AUGUST 20, 2020 — ONLINE & PHONE
MASSDEPParticipate in the comment period – call for closing incinerators!

“DOER’s proposed change to the Waste-to-Energy Minimum Standard is subject to revision following further consultation with MassDEP regarding its consistency with the Commonwealth’s solid waste management plan and review of comments from stakeholders.” – Zero Waste Massachusetts

Meeting Description

MassDEP issued its Draft 2020-2030 Solid Waste Master Plan for public comment and held five public hearings in Fall 2019 and received extensive comments. A significant number of respondents proposed more engagement with Environmental Justice communities, given the environmental burdens these communities experience. In addition, it is timely and important to consider the impacts of COVID-19 as well as climate change, on public health and the economy before finalizing the plan. In response to these comments and the changed landscape due to COVID-19, MassDEP has decided to reopen the public comment period for the Draft 2020-2030 Solid Waste Master Plan.

The comment period will focus specifically, but not exclusively, on issues of environmental justice, climate change, and the impacts of COVID-19 pertaining to the management of solid waste in the Commonwealth. The public comment period will close on September 15, 2020.

Free public event. Meetings hosted by MassDEP. Please register in advance.

Zero Waste Massachusetts is a state-wide campaign including Conservation Law Foundation, MASSPIRG, Community Action Works, Clean Water Action, Arise for Social Justice, Berkshire Environmental Action Team, Alliance for Health and Environment and many more.

6:00-8:00 p.m.
Online & telephone
» Prep with the 2020-2030 Solid Waste Master Plan fact sheet!
» Register (Aug. 20 only) here       

TUESDAY — AUGUST 25, 2020 — ONLINE HEARING
DPU graphic
Eversource purchase of Columbia Gas
DPU Hearings on Aug. 25 & 27, comments due Aug. 28

After the Columbia Gas disaster in the Merrimack Valley, Columbia Gas was ordered to cease doing business in Massachusetts. To do so, it needs to sell off its assets and accounts. Eversource is proposing resolving this settlement by purchasing Columbia Gas’ Massachusetts territories. This transaction is DPU Docket number 20-59. This purchase would create two more large areas of the state where both electricity and gas would only be available from one utility company. Hearing on this case are scheduled to be held online on August 25 & 27, with a comment filing deadline of August 28.

Below is an extract from the notice of public hearing:

“The Companies request that the Department approve the proposed transaction no later than September 30, 2020.

Due to the COVID-19 state of emergency issued by Governor Baker on March 10, 2020, and certain ongoing restrictions and safety measures relating to in-person events, the Department will conduct two virtual public hearings to receive comments on both the Companies’ petition and the Settling Parties’ proposed settlement agreement. The Department will conduct the hearings using Zoom video conferencing on August 25, 2020, beginning at 6:00 p.m. and August 27, 2020, beginning at 10:00a.m.

Attendees can join the August 25, 2020 hearing by entering the link, https://zoom.us/j/98300271706, from a computer, smartphone, or tablet.

Attendees can join the August 27, 2020 hearing by entering the link,https://zoom.us/j/91090189958, from a computer, smartphone, or tablet.

If you anticipate providing comments via Zoom or via phone during the public hearings, please send an email by August 24, 2020, with your name, email address, and mailing address to sarah.spruce@mass.gov. If you anticipate commenting by telephone, please leave a voicemail message by August 24, 2020, at (617) 305-3632 with your name, telephone number, and mailing address. Regardless of whether an individual emails or leaves a voice message in advance, that person can provide public comment at the hearings.

Any person interested in commenting on this matter may submit written comments no later than the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on August 28,2020. At this time, all filings must be submitted only in electronic format in recognition of the difficulty that parties and the Department may have filing and receiving original copies.

All documents must be submitted to the Department in pdf format by e-mail attachment to peter.ray@mass.gov and sarah.spruce@mass.gov. The text of the email must specify: (1) the docket number of the proceedings (D.P.U.20-59/D.P.U.19-140/D.P.U.19-141); (2) the name of the person or company submitting the filing; and (3) a brief descriptive title of the document.”

Free public event
Online
» Join Zoom meeting here (8/25 hearing only)
» Read the full notice in DPU File Room

THURSDAY — AUGUST 27, 2020 — ONLINE HEARING
DPU graphic
Eversource purchase of Columbia Gas
DPU Hearings on Aug. 25 & 27, comments due Aug. 28

After the Columbia Gas disaster in the Merrimack Valley, Columbia Gas was ordered to cease doing business in Massachusetts. To do so, it needs to sell off its assets and accounts. Eversource is proposing resolving this settlement by purchasing Columbia Gas’ Massachusetts territories. This transaction is DPU Docket number 20-59. This purchase would create two more large areas of the state where both electricity and gas would only be available from one utility company. Hearing on this case are scheduled to be held online on August 25 & 27, with a comment filing deadline of August 28.

Below is an extract from the notice of public hearing:

“The Companies request that the Department approve the proposed transaction no later than September 30, 2020.

Due to the COVID-19 state of emergency issued by Governor Baker on March 10, 2020, and certain ongoing restrictions and safety measures relating to in-person events, the Department will conduct two virtual public hearings to receive comments on both the Companies’ petition and the Settling Parties’ proposed settlement agreement. The Department will conduct the hearings using Zoom video conferencing on August 25, 2020, beginning at 6:00 p.m. and August 27, 2020, beginning at 10:00a.m.

Attendees can join the August 25, 2020 hearing by entering the link, https://zoom.us/j/98300271706, from a computer, smartphone, or tablet.

Attendees can join the August 27, 2020 hearing by entering the link,https://zoom.us/j/91090189958, from a computer, smartphone, or tablet.

If you anticipate providing comments via Zoom or via phone during the public hearings, please send an email by August 24, 2020, with your name, email address, and mailing address to sarah.spruce@mass.gov. If you anticipate commenting by telephone, please leave a voicemail message by August 24, 2020, at (617) 305-3632 with your name, telephone number, and mailing address. Regardless of whether an individual emails or leaves a voice message in advance, that person can provide public comment at the hearings.

Any person interested in commenting on this matter may submit written comments no later than the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on August 28,2020. At this time, all filings must be submitted only in electronic format in recognition of the difficulty that parties and the Department may have filing and receiving original copies.

All documents must be submitted to the Department in pdf format by e-mail attachment to peter.ray@mass.gov and sarah.spruce@mass.gov. The text of the email must specify: (1) the docket number of the proceedings (D.P.U.20-59/D.P.U.19-140/D.P.U.19-141); (2) the name of the person or company submitting the filing; and (3) a brief descriptive title of the document.”

Free public event

Beginning 10 AM
Online
» Join Zoom meeting here (8/27 hearing only)
» Read the full notice in DPU File Room

TUESDAY — SEPTEMBER 1, 2020 — ONLINE & PHONE
MASSDEPParticipate in the comment period – call for closing incinerators!

“DOER’s proposed change to the Waste-to-Energy Minimum Standard is subject to revision following further consultation with MassDEP regarding its consistency with the Commonwealth’s solid waste management plan and review of comments from stakeholders.” – Zero Waste Massachusetts

Meeting Description

MassDEP issued its Draft 2020-2030 Solid Waste Master Plan for public comment and held five public hearings in Fall 2019 and received extensive comments. A significant number of respondents proposed more engagement with Environmental Justice communities, given the environmental burdens these communities experience. In addition, it is timely and important to consider the impacts of COVID-19 as well as climate change, on public health and the economy before finalizing the plan. In response to these comments and the changed landscape due to COVID-19, MassDEP has decided to reopen the public comment period for the Draft 2020-2030 Solid Waste Master Plan.

The comment period will focus specifically, but not exclusively, on issues of environmental justice, climate change, and the impacts of COVID-19 pertaining to the management of solid waste in the Commonwealth. The public comment period will close on September 15, 2020.

Free public event. Meetings hosted by MassDEP. Please register in advance.

Zero Waste Massachusetts is a state-wide campaign including Conservation Law Foundation, MASSPIRG, Community Action Works, Clean Water Action, Arise for Social Justice, Berkshire Environmental Action Team, Alliance for Health and Environment and many more.

6:00-8:00 p.m.
Online & telephone
» Prep with the 2020-2030 Solid Waste Master Plan fact sheet!
» Register (Sept. 1 only) here       

WEDNESDAY — SEPTEMBER 2, 2020 — ONLINE WEBINAR
clean energy states alliance
— The Massachusetts Clean Peak Standard – How it will affect renewable and storage value streams, projects, and markets

Massachusetts is launching the nation’s first Clean Peak Energy Standard (CPS), an ambitious, complex program that aims to reduce peak electric demand, cut emissions, and lower ratepayer costs. Similar to renewable portfolio standards, the new program will provide clean peak energy certificates to eligible renewable, energy storage, and demand reduction resources that can generate electricity or reduce load during peak demand hours. Electric utilities will be required to meet a certain percentage of annual retail electricity sales with clean peak certificates.

This webinar will feature speakers from Customized Energy Solutions and Sustainable Energy Advantage, who assisted the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) in designing the Clean Peak Standard. They will share their unique expertise regarding program design choices and what they could mean for energy markets in Massachusetts. The presenters will help fill in the gaps left by the current regulations, including how this new program impacts other value streams and how it might benefit specific eligible resources (renewable generation and storage), and will share their view on the wider appeal of clean peak standards as a mechanism for driving environmental, societal, and economics benefits.

Presenters:

  • Mike Berlinski, Director – Emerging Technology, Customized Energy Solutions
  • Nehal Divekar, Manager – Future Grids, Customized Energy Solutions
  • Jim Kennerly, Senior Consultant, Sustainable Energy Advantage
  • Todd Olinsky-Paul, Senior Project Director, Clean Energy States Alliance (moderator)

This webinar is a presentation of the Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP). ESTAP is a federal-state funding and information sharing project that aims to accelerate the deployment of electrical energy storage technologies in the US. ESTAP is funded by the US Department of Energy Office of Electricity, managed by Sandia National Laboratories, and administered by the Clean Energy States Alliance.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
Online – free public event
» Learn more      
» Register here

WEDNESDAY — SEPTEMBER 2, 2020 — ONLINE
take action webinar 4
— Join Take Action on the Weymouth Compressor Webinar 4!

The Weymouth Compressor Station is a poster child for many things wrong with our state and federal governments. Don’t care enough about halting climate change, don’t care enough about protecting public health, don’t care enough about workers. Join in to raise your voice.

This week we will be writing comments on the air permit which are due by Sept. 8th. Full details on the FRRACS website.

Free public event. Hosted by Mass Power Forward, Community Action Works and 3 others.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

6 PM – 7 PM
Online
» Facebook event page          
» RSVP to get zoom info

THURSDAY — SEPTEMBER 3, 2020 — SPRINGFIELD, MA
stop spfld biomass

Free public event.

This action will follow social distancing guidelines. Please wear a mask and stay 6 feet apart!

Text your name to (413) 214-5100 to get involved with the campaign.

4:30 PM
City Hall Plaza
Springfield, MA 01103

» For information, email vernemca@gmail.com

TUESDAY — SEPTEMBER 8, 2020 — ONLINE WEBINAR
clean energy states alliance
— The Role of Hydropower in State Clean Energy Policy

The Clean Energy States Alliance’s new report, “The Role of Hydropower in State Clean Energy Policy,” describes the treatment of hydropower in state clean energy policies and offers strategies for reducing barriers to hydropower’s development.

Read the report here

Join us on a one-hour webinar with report author, Val Stori and report contributor Jason Gifford from Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC.

Juliet Homer from PNNL will offer introductory remarks and provide information on PNNL and U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) hydropower programs and DOE’s upcoming U.S. Hydropower Market Report.

Like the report, the webinar will address hydropower’s role in state RPS programs, its participation and opportunities in New England’s RPS markets, and pumped hydropower energy storage’s role in both RPS programs and state energy storage policies.

Panelists:

  • Juliet Homer, Senior Energy Research Engineer/Analyst, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
  • Jason Gifford, Senior Director, Sustainable Energy Advantage
  • Val Stori (Panelist & Moderator), Project Director, Clean Energy States Alliance

This webinar is presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA).

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
Online – free public event
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WEDNESDAY — SEPTEMBER 9, 2020 — ONLINE WEBINAR
clean energy states alliance
— Power After Carbon: Findings and Insights for State Policymakers

In May 2020, Peter Fox-Penner published “Power After Carbon: Building a Clean, Resilient Grid“. This important book emphasizes “the indispensability of large power systems, battery storage, and scalable carbon-free power technologies, along with the grids and markets that will integrate them.” It discusses how the electricity system can decarbonize even as regulators and electric utilities “continue to deliver on other key performance objectives.”

This webinar will focus on findings and recommendations from the book that are especially relevant to state policymakers who are considering strategies for moving towards 100% clean energy for their state’s electricity sector. Peter Fox-Penner directs Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy and is a Professor in BU’s Questrom School of Business, Chief Strategy Officer for Energy Impact Partners, and an advisor and former chairman of The Brattle Group.

This webinar is presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) on behalf of the 100% Clean Energy Collaborative.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT
Online – free public event
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THURSDAY — SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 — ONLINE WEBINAR
clean energy states alliance
— Innovative Pathways to Developing Solar+Storage in Low-Income Communities: Norfolk Solar’s Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund

This webinar, presented by Clean Energy Group, will showcase Norfolk Solar and the Qualified Opportunity Zone (QOZ) Fund formed to advance renewable energy generation, storage, and racial equity in low-income communities in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia.

The presentation will include an overview of:

  • What a QOZ Fund is and how Norfolk Solar operates within their QOZ, including financial structures, accomplishments, obstacles to project development, and opportunities for program expansion
  • Solar and solar+storage projects, both planned and completed, by Norfolk Solar on businesses, non-profits and residences
  • Local workforce development efforts to hire and train residents of the QOZ as solar installers, which has led to the first solar installers of color working in Hampton Roads, Virginia
  • How to replicate the QOZ model nationwide

Presenter: Ruth McElroy Amundsen, Founder, Norfolk Solar QOZ Fund LLC
Moderator: Marriele Mango, Project Director, Clean Energy Group

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
Online – free public event
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THURSDAY — SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 — ONLINE & PHONE
MASSDEPParticipate in the comment period – call for closing incinerators!

“DOER’s proposed change to the Waste-to-Energy Minimum Standard is subject to revision following further consultation with MassDEP regarding its consistency with the Commonwealth’s solid waste management plan and review of comments from stakeholders.” – Zero Waste Massachusetts

Meeting Description

MassDEP issued its Draft 2020-2030 Solid Waste Master Plan for public comment and held five public hearings in Fall 2019 and received extensive comments. A significant number of respondents proposed more engagement with Environmental Justice communities, given the environmental burdens these communities experience. In addition, it is timely and important to consider the impacts of COVID-19 as well as climate change, on public health and the economy before finalizing the plan. In response to these comments and the changed landscape due to COVID-19, MassDEP has decided to reopen the public comment period for the Draft 2020-2030 Solid Waste Master Plan.

The comment period will focus specifically, but not exclusively, on issues of environmental justice, climate change, and the impacts of COVID-19 pertaining to the management of solid waste in the Commonwealth. The public comment period will close on September 15, 2020.

Free public event. Meetings hosted by MassDEP. Please register in advance.

Zero Waste Massachusetts is a state-wide campaign including Conservation Law Foundation, MASSPIRG, Community Action Works, Clean Water Action, Arise for Social Justice, Berkshire Environmental Action Team, Alliance for Health and Environment and many more.

6:00-8:00 p.m.
Online & telephone
» Prep with the 2020-2030 Solid Waste Master Plan fact sheet!
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TUESDAY — SEPTEMBER 15, 2020 — ONLINE FORUM
role of forests
The Critical Role of Forests in Protecting Climate and Public Health

The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office will be hosting this virtual forum featuring leading forest carbon scientists.  The forum is free of charge, but you must register to attend (see rsvp link, below).  A link to join the forum will be provided to registered attendees on the day of the event.

Free public event. Hosted by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.

12PM to 1PM
Online
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MONDAY — SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 — ONLINE
350 Mass Webinar
At Long Last, Strong Climate Legislation in MASS:
What’s on the Table and What Can I Do?”

Featuring a panel of intimately involved 350 Mass members: Gabrielle Watson, Mark Dyen, John Grossman, and Jim Mulloy.

On Beacon Hill, our persistent investment to build relationships and people power is paying off: the MA legislature is finally on the cusp of substantial climate action. Whether you’re just wondering how to get involved, or a seasoned veteran, there’s lots more to do! We’ll start with an update and motivating stories from a panel of 350 Mass members, and then connect you with actions right now and in the coming weeks.

Free public event. Hosted by 350 Massachusetts.

Note: 350 Massachusetts is launching a new monthly Webinar Series 2020! This series is open to the public and free to all. The series will explore Massachusetts’ hectic political structure and attempt to demystify the processes that activists use to demand change. Even if you can’t make the first webinar, sign up to be notified of others in the series.

7-8:30pm
Online
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WEDNESDAY — SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 — ONLINE ACTIONAR
stop forest destruction— BlackRock: Stop Forest Destruction
We’ll (virtually) head to Boston and Liberia as Climate Finance Action, Friends of the Earth US, and Amazon Watch present Alfred Brownell, Liberian activist and scholar, and experts on the role of giant asset managers on global deforestation before we take action together calling and targeting BlackRock and other asset managers.

Free public event. Hosted by BlackRock’s Big Problem, Friends of the Earth U.S. and 3 others.

Help us spread the word and share on Facebook after you RSVP “going”

Get in touch with us for questions on the Swarm or anything else: info @ blackrocksbigproblem.com

3 PM – 4 PM EDT
Online
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THURSDAY — SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 — ONLINE
clean energy equity event
— Towards Clean Energy Equity: Overcoming Racial Disparities

The panel will discuss how we can more equitably distribute the benefits of advances in energy policy and technology.

Details for how to join the webinar will be emailed to you after registration.

In the United States, opportunities for residents to access clean and reliable energy in their homes has improved drastically over the last decade. New technologies have improved household energy efficiency and reduced the carbon footprint of large appliances, including heating and cooling systems. In some states, households can make choices between a growing number of renewable energy suppliers, while others have the ability to produce and use their own solar energy, selling excess to the grid.

Yet, these positive outcomes are not shared equally. For example, Black and Hispanic majority census tracts show significantly less solar rooftop photovoltaics than white counterparts—even after being adjusted for income and homeownership. There are also staggering racial disparities in per-capita energy consumption, household energy expenditures, and rates of electric vehicle deployment. Understanding these disparities, their origins, and how to tackle them, is critical to designing smart and just energy policy. This panel brings together practitioners and researchers to discuss how we can more equitably distribute the benefits that advances in energy policy and technology have brought to some, but not to all.

Panelists

Deborah Sunter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Department of Mechanical Engineering at Tufts University. She holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University. She was formerly an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy and a Data Science Fellow at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science. Using computational modeling and data science techniques, her research explores the interface of technology innovation and policy for improved environmental sustainability and social justice.

Jason Carney is president of Tennessee Solar Energy Association and Founder and CEO of Energy Electives. Jason received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tennessee State University and received a master’s degree in civic leadership from Lipscomb University.

Emily Schapira is Philadelphia Energy Authority’s Executive Director and a member of the Board. She joined PEA as Executive Director in 2016 to execute the Philadelphia Energy Campaign and Emily has been a PEA board member since 2010, as a City Council appointee.

Moderator

Sara Bronin is the Thomas F. Gallivan Chair in Real Property Law and Faculty Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Law at University of Connecticut and is a visiting scholar of the Kleinman Center for the year 2020-2021. Her expertise include property law, land use, historic preservation, urban planning, and renewable energy. Sara has held national positions in academic associations and currently advises the Sustainable Development Code and the National Trust for Historic Preservation and serves on the board of Latinos for Heritage Conservation.

Free public event. Hosted by The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy.

12 PM – 1:30 PM
Online
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THURSDAY — SEPTEMBER 24, 2020 — ONLINE
clean energy states alliance
— Developing non-Lithium Ion Energy Storage Technologies to Support California’s Clean Energy Goals

The Clean Energy States Alliance is hosting a webinar with the California Energy Commission (CEC) to learn more about its “beyond batteries” solicitations. The CEC is evaluating, supporting, and demonstrating the performance of non-Li+ storage technologies to help meet state clean energy goals. Its programs focus on customer-side of the meter applications, green hydrogen storage for customer-side applications, long-duration storage, and on low-income and disadvantaged communities applications. Over $100 million in EPIC and cost-share investments in over 20 grants in 2020 will contribute to the 45+ microgrid deployments with energy storage that are increasing resiliency, driving down costs, and establishing lessons learned and best practices to help California meet its future clean energy goals.

Guest Speaker: Mike Gravely, Energy Research and Development Division, California Energy Commission

Moderator: Val Stori, Project Director, Clean Energy States Alliance

Free public event.

2 pm – 3 pm ET
Online
» Register here. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

MONDAY — SEPTEMBER 28, 2020 — ONLINE WEBINAR
clean energy states alliance
— An Introduction to Virtual Power Plants

Utilities across the country are beginning to tap into hundreds, sometimes thousands, of devices in homes and businesses to create virtual power plants (VPP).

These VPPs can deliver many of the same services as traditional power plants but they’re power by distributed resources, including water heaters, smart thermostats, and, increasingly, solar and battery storage.

This webinar will cover the basics of what a virtual power plant is and how it can create value for both utilities and customers, with examples from real-world programs.

Presenters will include the software company Virtual Peaker and Portland General Electric Company (PGE).

PGE recently launched a new VPP pilot program that will incentivize the installation of more than 500 residential battery storage systems, representing up to four megawatts of energy.

Presenters:

  • Audrey Burkhardt, Senior Product Development Specialist, Portland General Electric
  • TBD, Virtual Peaker

Moderator: Seth Mullendore, Vice President and Project Director, Clean Energy Group

This webinar is presented by Clean Energy Group on behalf of the Resilient Power Project.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
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MONDAY — SEPTEMBER 28, 2020 — ONLINE
Clean Energy Group logo
— An Introduction to Virtual Power Plants

Utilities across the country are beginning to tap into hundreds, sometimes thousands, of devices in homes and businesses to create virtual power plants (VPP). These VPPs can deliver many of the same services as traditional power plants but they’re power by distributed resources, including water heaters, smart thermostats, and, increasingly, solar and battery storage.

This webinar, hosted by Clean Energy Group, will cover the basics of what a virtual power plant is and how it can create value for both utilities and customers, with examples from real-world programs. Presenters will include the software company Virtual Peaker and Portland General Electric Company (PGE). PGE recently launched a new VPP pilot program that will incentivize the installation of more than 500 residential battery storage systems, representing up to four megawatts of energy.

Presenters:

  • Audrey Burkhardt, Senior Product Development Specialist, Portland General Electric
  • Shadea Mitchell, Head of Client Services, Virtual Peaker

Moderator: Seth Mullendore, Vice President and Project Director, Clean Energy Group

Free public event. This webinar is a presentation of Clean Energy Group’s Resilient Power Project. For more information, please visit www.resilient-power.org.

1-2pm ET
Online
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FRIDAY — OCTOBER 2, 2020 — ONLINE RALLY

— Stop Funding Tar Sands
We demand Wall Street stops funding environmental racism and the climate crisis ― and immediately stops lending, insuring and investing in the tar sand expansion and phase out all tar sands business.

Join us for The Tar Sands Frontlines – Day of Solidarity – Online Rally. MC’d by Simone Johnson from Future Coalition, and with frontline leaders including

The online rally will mix online action with on-the-streets protest.

We’ll hear from Indigenous leaders about work on the frontlines ― and we will live stream from actions at corporate HQs of those bankrolling the pipelines. We’ll be calling and writing to the decision makers of our targets, taking the pledge to never bank with fossil funders and helping to make our message travel far and wide on social media.

Free public event. Hosted by Stop the Money Pipeline, BlackRock’s Big Problem and 2 others

2 PM EDT – 3:30 PM EST
Online
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SATURDAY — OCTOBER 3, 2020 — WEYMOUTH
red rebels gathering— No Compressor Gathering with the Red Rebels.
Enbridge is gearing up to turn on their compressor station on October 1.

In response, we will be gathering on Saturday, October 3, for a procession with the Red Rebels, as we bear witness to their destruction.

Join us on Saturday for a silent procession and standout on the bridge. Please wear a mask and maintain distance from attendees.

You can park at Lovell’s Grove (located under the Fore River Bridge on the Calpine side of the access road). Or you can park at 352 Bridge Street, Weymouth, which is a 10 minute walk away.

Free public event. Hosted by Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station

10 AM – 12 PM EDT
55 Bridge Street
Weymouth, MA
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SATURDAY & SUNDAY — OCTOBER 3 & 4, 2020 — ONLINE
climate justice summit— Energize a Just Transition – Annual Climate Justice Summit
Be part of the solution. Share strategies for the transformation. Take part in inspiring plenary sessions with our brilliant keynote speakers, Dr. Denise Fairchild & Dr. Sandra Steingraber.

Spend the weekend taking in the good news about the substantive progress toward racial justice, climate justice, and sweeping social change. Join this multi-class, multi-race, intergenerational, inclusive gender, Northeast regional cooperative moving the clock ahead.

Extended plenary sessions with inspiring speakers, lots of interaction and time for real integration of new learning. Dozens of participatory workshops on critically important themes. Opportunities for network building and mutual aid.

With keynote speakers:

  • Denise Fairchild, Emerald Cities
  • Sandra Steingraber, biologist, author, anti-fracking activist

Free public event. Co-Sponsored by Boston Metro East Community Energy Co-op, Hampden Community Energy Co-op, NYC Community Energy Co-op, Franklin Community Energy Co-op, Hampshire Community Energy Co-op, and the Peoples Solar Energy Fund.

Saturday, Oct. 3rd from 10:30am – 5pm
Sunday, Oct. 4th from 10am – 5pm
Online – Zoom
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TUESDAY — OCTOBER 6, 2020 — ONLINE WEBINAR
2020 city clean energy scorecard
— 2020 City Clean Energy Scorecard

Which cities are leading the United States in clean energy efforts and which are falling behind? Join us to learn and discuss the findings of the 100-city scorecard, the most comprehensive national report tracking city progress toward climate goals.

As cities struggle to safely put people back to work and recover from the COVID-19 recession, our speakers will explore what cities are doing and can do better to advance energy efficiency and renewable power — critical tools for creating jobs, lowering utility bills, building resilience, reducing pollution, protecting health, and mitigating climate change. Speakers will also focus on the ways their programs are based on community input and designed to serve all residents.

Free public event. Hosted by ACEEE: The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
Online
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THURSDAY — OCTOBER 15, 2020 — ONLINE
DAPL scoping 1
— DAPL Virtual Public Scoping Meeting #1
As the lead federal agency, the Corps will coordinate with the public, other state and local agencies, and Tribes in order to evaluate the range of actions, alternatives, and impacts of the proposed project. Comments are invited to assist in identifying the scope of potentially affected environmental, social, and economic issues relevant to the potential grant of an easement and determining if there are reasonable alternatives to be considered in the EIS.

Free public meeting. Hosted by US Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District

7 PM – 10 PM EDT
Online w/ Facebook Live
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FRIDAY — OCTOBER 16, 2020 — ONLINE
African heritage sites and climate justice— African Heritage Sites and Climate Justice

Africa Scholars Forum at UMass Boston invites you to the Fall 2020 Welcome and Business Meeting featuring guest speaker, E. Edna Wangui, PhD, Associate Professor, Ohio University.

Professor Wangui’s research examines the gendered dimensions of rural development and rural livelihood change, environmental conservation, and climate change adaptation. She has focused on identifying the nature and root causes of land use/cover and livelihood change and linking land use/cover and livelihood change to gender relations and gendered labor availability within the household. Currently, she is examining the gendered dynamics of sustainable land management practices in the Upper Tana watershed in Central Kenya. Read full bio here

Agenda: 

11:00am – 11:30am: Talk by Professor Wangui

11:30am – 12:00pm: Moderated Q and A

12:00pm – 12:10pm: Interlude

12:10pm – 1:00pm: Business Meeting – 1:00pm: Business Meeting

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event. For more information, contact the Africa Scholars Forum email below.

Thank you and see you soon

Free public event. Hosted by AFRICA SCHOLARS FORUM AT UMASS BOSTON

11 AM to 1 PM EDT
Online
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TUESDAY — OCTOBER 20, 2020 — ONLINE
global climate change week
— Citizen Science and Stakeholder Engagement: Environmental Justice

Both incidence and death rates from Covid-19 are higher in low-income areas and communities of color. Blacks and Latinos are being hit with a double whammy. They are more likely to be in low-income jobs that leave them exposed to the virus and because they live in neighborhoods that tend to be highly polluted, Blacks and Latinos are more susceptible to asthma and related conditions that leave them more vulnerable to the virus. In this seminar we examine how scientific evidence is gathered by “citizen scientists” working with scientists in the public and private sectors and universities to document pollution in communities of color and low-income neighborhoods.

We will hear about three very different types of citizen science projects. The first is a Conservation Law Foundation’s Healthy Neighborhoods Study, a longitudinal Participatory Action Research (PAR) study looking at the relationship between urban development and community health. The second explores citizen science led by a community organization in partnership with university researchers and the private sector in West Oakland. The third is led by Boston’s Museum of Science, in partnership with university researchers and community organizations.

Free public event. Hosted by Northeastern University School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.

5 – 6:30 PM
Online
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WEDNESDAY — OCTOBER 21, 2020 — ONLINE
global climate change week
— Climate & Energy Justice

Mirroring the pandemic’s effect on just about every aspect of life, this fall’s Open Classroom series explores an expanse of topics related to societal injustice. In conjunction with Global Climate Change Week, Northeastern’s energy justice and climate researchers and activists Shalanda Baker, Jennie Stephens, Joan Fitzgerald, and Frances Roberts-Gregory join us for an inspiring panel discussion that connects climate activism, racial justice and economic justice.

Free public event. Hosted by Northeastern University School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.

6 – 7:30 PM
Online
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THURSDAY — OCTOBER 22, 2020 — ONLINE
Mount Grace 2020
— Mount Grace 2020 Annual Meeting

Join us virtually this year to celebrate our success in conserving significant agricultural, scenic and natural lands, such as Winchendon’s treasured Sunset View Farm!

This year’s Annual Meeting is a bit different than normal, but it is an opportunity for all – members and non-members – to attend and learn more about Mount Grace’s work. Tune in for this one-hour virtual event featuring Keynote Speaker Greg Watson whose talk is titled “Thoughts On A Post-Pandemic, Climate-Changed Food System for Massachusetts”.

Additionally, we will have wonderful videos showcasing the successful projects we completed in 2020, the election announcement of our new board members, presentation of our awards, and much more!

No registration required. There will be a link available the day of the event to join our live stream on YouTube, so check back here, on our website www.mountgrace.org, or sign up for our eNewsletter (https://www.mountgrace.org/get-involved/enewsletter) to receive the link.

If you have questions about the event, please contact James Holcomb at (978) 541-1768 or holcomb@mountgrace.org.

Free public event. Hosted by Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

7 PM – 8 PM EDT
Online
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SUNDAY — OCTOBER 25, 2020 — BOSTON, MA
count on us
— Count on Us Action

Election season has begun, and it is vital that every vote be counted. Join Sunrise Boston on Sunday 10/25 at 12 PM at the Old South Meeting House to demand Massachusetts’ top election official, Secretary of the Commonwealth Bill Galvin, pledge to count every vote in November’s election.

Free public event. Hosted by Sunrise Movement Boston

12 PM EDT
Old South Meeting House
310 Washington Street
Boston, MA
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TUESDAY —  NOVEMBER 10, 2020 —  ONLINE
shave the peak webinar
— Shave the Peak! An interactive webinar
Learn how peaking power plants pollute our air and increase our electric bill even though they seldom run – then sign up to help Shave the Peak and help eliminate any need for these plants at all.

Free public event. Hosted by Living the Change Berkshires, Berkshire Museum and 2 others.

6:00 – 6:45 PM EST
Online
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TUESDAY — NOVEMBER 10, 2020 — ONLINE
train campaign— Clean Transportation for Rural Communities
The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) is a multi-state compact to reduce carbon emissions and invest in better, cleaner, more equitable transportation. What does this mean for rural communities and transportation? What are the benefits, and who decides how the program is run?

Find out more about TCI and the connection between regional rail and climate response at this important online event organized by Transportation for Massachusetts (@T4Mass).

Who should attend? This program is for anyone who cares about clean transportation in rural communities, including residents, businesses, community leaders, transportation and environmental advocates, community organizations, and local elected officials.

The Train Campaign is one of the many sponsoring organizations and we’d love to see our members and supporters “there” on the 10th. Bring your questions and concerns to the table.

YES, the focus here is TCI in Massachusetts, but New York and Connecticut are also members of the Transportation & Climate Initiative, so this conversation will be relevant to you, too!

Free public event. The Train Campaign is a project of the Barrington Institute, Inc. and donations are tax-deductible as permitted by law.

Questions? Email: karen@barringtoninstitute.org

7 – 8:30 pm
Online
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TUESDAY — NOVEMBER 10, 2020 — ONLINE
zero carbon home
— David Green: How to cut your bills and carbon footprint to zero. I have done it. Free webinars, free book.

If you have already attended one of my webinars then please forward this email to someone you think would like to save money by cutting their carbon footprint.

In this webinar I explain, in clear and simple terms, what we did to cut our home’s carbon footprint, heating bill and electricity bill to zero. I am saving so much money on bills that I am earning a 15% return on my investments in heat pumps, insulation, triple-glazed windows and solar panels, which I call the fab four. Yes, I am a Brit and a fan of the real Fab Four, the Beatles.

If you can’t make it to this webinar, you can see a YouTube version of the last one I did (it is 45 minutes of presentation followed by 45 minutes of Q&A), by clicking here: Past webinar You can hear other people’s questions and my answers but you can’t ask your own questions. I have found that answering people’s questions is the most important part of my work, which is why I regularly do these live webinars.

If the thought of spending 90 minutes doing anything (even if it will probably save you thousands of dollars a year) sounds a little crazy, then you can download a pdf file of the slides for the webinar, here: Zero Carbon Masterclass – Compressed You can skim through the slides in about 10 minutes. This pdf file is compressed to 3.2MB to make it easy to download, so the pictures are a little grainy.

I have also split the webinar into bite-sized sections, all hosted on YouTube. To view each section click the link:

To read the written Q&A from several of these webinars, which is a goldmine of useful information about cutting your carbon footprint and related building matters like condensation, please click here

I look forward to hearing your questions on the webinar.

If you are part of a local sustainability, environmental or energy conservation group and would like to host a webinar please contact me at dgreen@greenzerocarbon.com to arrange it. I can take care of all the arrangements for Zoom hosting and registration so all you need to have is just add the audience!

Free public event. Hosted by the Phillipstown Garden Club on Phillipstown NY. All attendees will get a free copy of Zero Carbon Home.

7:00 PM
Online
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WEDNESDAY — NOVEMBER 11, 2020 — ONLINE
energy efficiency webinar earth expo
— Energy Efficiency In Your Home And Business – Save Energy, Save Money, Save The Planet: A Webinar
Come learn how you can save money by saving energy through Mass Save. The Mass Save program has many no-cost, low-cost and rebate items to help you shave money off your utility bills and help cut your carbon footprint and utility bills!

Presented by: Rosemary Wessel of BEAT’s Energy Efficiency Pittsfield Program

Free public event. Hosted by Living the Change Berkshires, Berkshire Museum and 3 others

6 – 6:45 PM EST
Online
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WEDNESDAY — NOVEMBER 11, 2020 — ONLINE
Dr Steingraber
— Preview fracking research publication

The Better Path Coalition invites you and your elected officials to attend a preview of the upcoming 7th Edition of the Compendium of Scientific, Medical, and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking (Unconventional Gas and Oil Extraction) featuring Dr. Sandra Steingraber. The new edition will contain references to more than 2,000 studies on shale gas development.

Janice Blanock will comment on the studies she and the other relatives of young people diagnosed with rare cancers were promised last November by Governor Tom Wolf. On November 18, the families confronted Wolf at the Capitol. On November 22, he announced two studies – one on fracking’s impacts on health and one on the possible links between fracking and the spike in rare cancers in young people in SWPA.

We are holding two sessions on Wednesday, November 11. Our noontime session will be a Virtual Brown Bag Briefing for elected officials, regulators, staffers, members of the press, and members of the public. At 7 p.m., we’ll repeat the session for the general public as our November Better Path Presents webinar.

The session for public officials is the latest in a series of tours and briefings organized by our coalition. Please let your state legislators know you would like them to attend. Feel free to share the registration link below with them.

Free public event. Hosted by Better Path Coalition.

Two sessions: Noon and 7 PM
Online
» Register today for either or both sessions.
Noon session – Please RSVP by 11/10
7 p.m. session – Please RSVP by 4:00 pm on 11/11

WEDNESDAY — NOVEMBER 11, 2020 — ONLINE
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— Green Zoning Webinar

Interested in how you can make more sustainable and equitable zoning policies in your town or city? Curious about how to use zoning plans as a method of greening the area in which you live? Join MCAN in learning about the possibilities of green zoning in Massachusetts!

MCAN is hosting a webinar on green zoning in Massachusetts, both current successes and future possibilities.

Members of Green and Open Somerville will speak about their roles as advocates in pushing for increased green spaces and other sustainable policies in Somerville’s most recent zoning overhaul.

  • Dan Bartman, senior planner for the City of Somerville, will discuss his experience working within municipalities to create more sustainable and resilient cities through zoning.
  • And Kathryn Wright, the Programs Director for Building Energy at the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, will talk about models of green zoning in other states and what that could mean for Massachusetts.

Please join us for a thoughtful and inspiring evening to learn about how you can make your city even greener!

Free public event. Hosted by Massachusetts Climate Action Network
Contact: Rose Shuker-Haines · rose@massclimateaction.net · 413-281-6399

7pm-8pm
Online
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THURSDAY —  NOVEMBER 12, 2020 —  ONLINE
shave the peak webinar
— Shave the Peak! An interactive webinar
Learn how peaking power plants pollute our air and increase our electric bill even though they seldom run – then sign up to help Shave the Peak and help eliminate any need for these plants at all.

If you tried to attend the Shave the Peak Webinar Tuesday night, Berkshire Museum sends apologies for the technical difficulties. It’s been rescheduled for Thursday night at 6:00 PM. New log-in information is below.

Free public event. Hosted by Living the Change Berkshires, Berkshire Museum and 2 others.

6:00 – 6:45 PM EST
Online
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TUESDAY — NOVEMBER 17, 2020 — ONLINE
affordable housing climate solution
— Affordable Housing is a Climate Solution Webinar
The Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) and the Boston Society for Architecture (BSA) are hosting a four-part series that will inform, inspire, and connect industry professionals and advocates around the importance of affordable housing, housing stability, and housing justice as part of the climate solution.

Join the first webinar on November 17 for a panel on the housing and climate crises, how they intersect, and a framework for holistic solutions. Panelists will discuss workforce development for energy-efficient retrofits, environmental justice and advocacy, and best practices for working with clients.

Moderator:
Sarah Dooling, Executive Director, MCAN

Speakers:
Corey Thompson, Founder & Principal, Mobius
Emily Jones, Senior Program Officer, Green Retrofit Initiative, LISC
Jane Carbone, Director of Development, HRI

Free public event. Hosted by MCAN and BSA

12:00-1:00pm
Online
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TUESDAY — NOVEMBER 17, 2020 — ONLINE
how to buy clean electricity
— How To Buy Clean Electricity

Join this webinar to learn the right things to look for when purchasing clean electricity. Your specific choice can make a difference in the way we source our electricity. Through the myriad of confusing and competing offers, we’ll sift through:

  • what’s fact and what’s fiction,
  • how to keep from paying through the roof for clean electricity,
  • what purchases change our electric grid for the better,
  • and next steps in the electricity market in MA & RI (think: green electricity for your whole community!)

If you’re already a member of our Green Powered program, you’ll find out why your participation makes an impact where other green electricity programs don’t… and why you should stick with us vs. moving to a “green” competitive supplier.

Free public event. Hosted by Green Energy Consumers Alliance

12:30 – 1:30 PM
Online
» Event page      
» RSVP         

WEDNESDAY — NOVEMBER 18, 2020 — ONLINE
CET multifamily prop webinar
— No Cost Insulation & Other Incentives for Multifamily Properties

Increasing your property value and reducing operating costs are more important than ever right now! Details and how to register below.

Enhanced incentives up to 100% for select energy improvements are available for a limited time through Mass Save to help you meet those goals.

Energy efficiency measures eligible for special rebates and incentives include:

  • NO COST Insulation
  • Weatherization
  • Common area and in-unit lighting
  • HVAC systems including heat pumps
  • Water saving fixtures like aerators and showerheads
  • And more!

Join us for a review of the program offerings and get answers to your questions about how to take advantage of the these generous, limited time benefits.

Free public event. Hosted by Center for EcoTechnology (CET).

12 PM
Online
» Register here        

WEDNESDAY — NOVEMBER 18, 2020 — ONLINEhouse in winter - heating system concept and cold snowy weather with model of a house wearing a knitted cap

house in winter – heating system concept and cold snowy weather with model of a house wearing a knitted cap.

— Top Ways To Save When You Heat With Oil

Join Loie Hayes, Green Energy Consumers Alliance’s Membership Coordinator and energy efficiency expert, on November 18th at noon for a FREE 30-minute webinar on how oil-heated households can best save energy, money, and the environment.

We’ll cover:

  • the basics of how homes use energy,
  • the top 4 simple things you can do to save energy,
  • when to consider getting a new heating system, and how to go about it,
  • and cleaner heating technology options, like heat pumps

If you’ve thought about replacing your heating system or converting to gas, or if your oil bills are high and your home is still chilly, this webinar is for you.

Free public event. Hosted by Green Energy Consumers Alliance

12:00 – 12:45 PM
Online
» Event page
» RSVP         

WEDNESDAY — NOVEMBER 18, 2020 — ONLINE
community action works logo
— Writing Strong Petitions and Action Pages

To win, you need people power. And to bring people into your work, you need to be able to talk about it.

You can get people involved by sharing your message and telling your story, but only if you have a strong message and know how to use it.

In this training we’ll answer questions like: How do I create a message that inspires people to take action? How do I use that message to write powerful petitions, emails, testimony, social media posts and more?

We’ll focus on messaging for online organizing, but all the same skills apply for your work on the ground.

In this training you’ll hear from Wendy Graça, president of South Coast Neighbors United, the group that won a massive fight against liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage tanks in her community.

You’ll also hear best practices and stories from the ground from Shaina Kasper, Vermont & New Hampshire State Director and Ruthy Rickenbacker, Communications & Digital Coordinator at Community Action Works.

This training is the fifth in our Virtual Organizing Training Series. You can check out past trainings online.

Free public event. Hosted by Community Action Works through their Virtual Organizing Training Series.

7:00-8:00 p.m. ET
Online
» Register here

THURSDAY — NOVEMBER 19, 2020 — ONLINE
landowners and pipelines
— Landowners and Pipelines: An Update

As fossil fuel profiteers continue to attempt to bulldoze communities, private property, many landowners refuse to take their bribes and are resisting pipeline construction on their property.

Their experiences are lessons for us all. Join us to learn more!

Free public event. Hosted by Civil Liberties Defense Center

6 PM – 8 PM EST
Online
» Facebook event page       
» Register here

THURSDAY — NOVEMBER 19, 2020 — ONLINE
oil heat 2
— Top Ways To Save When You Heat With Oil

Join Loie Hayes, Green Energy Consumers Alliance’s Membership Coordinator and energy efficiency expert, on November 19th at 7:30PM for a FREE 30-minute webinar on how oil-heated households can best save energy, money, and the environment.

We’ll cover:

  • the basics of how homes use energy,
  • the top 4 simple things you can do to save energy,
  • when to consider getting a new heating system, and how to go about it,
  • and cleaner heating technology options, like heat pumps

If you’ve thought about replacing your heating system or converting to gas, or if your oil bills are high and your home is still chilly, this webinar is for you.

Free public event. Hosted by Green Energy Consumers Alliance

7:30 – 8:15 PM
Online
» Event page
» RSVP         

FRIDAY — NOVEMBER 20, 2020 — ONLINE
CET multifamily prop webinar
— No Cost Insulation & Other Incentives for Multifamily Properties

Increasing your property value and reducing operating costs are more important than ever right now! Details and how to register below.

Enhanced incentives up to 100% for select energy improvements are available for a limited time through Mass Save to help you meet those goals.

Energy efficiency measures eligible for special rebates and incentives include:

  • NO COST Insulation
  • Weatherization
  • Common area and in-unit lighting
  • HVAC systems including heat pumps
  • Water saving fixtures like aerators and showerheads
  • And more!

Join us for a review of the program offerings and get answers to your questions about how to take advantage of the these generous, limited time benefits.

Free public event. Hosted by Center for EcoTechnology (CET).

12 PM
Online
» Register here          

FRIDAY — NOVEMBER 20, 2020 — ONLINE
EV 101
— Electric Vehicles 101 

Curious about getting an electric car, but not sure where to start? Join us for our popular Electric Vehicles 101 webinar to learn the basics! We’ll cover environmental and consumer benefits, information about batteries and charging, state and federal incentives, and have plenty of time to answer all of your questions.

Free public event. Hosted by Green Energy Consumers Alliance

2:00 – 3:00 PM
Online
» Event page
» RSVP

SATURDAY — NOVEMBER 21, 2020 — GREENFIELD, MA
protect ANWR demonstration
— Protect the Arctic Refuge Demonstration

Starting Tuesday, oil and gas companies can pick which parts of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s Area 1002 they’re interested in drilling. It’s the latest push by the Trump administration to auction off development rights in the pristine landscape before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

Join us to speak truth to power in this peaceful demonstration with Rhonda Anderson, Commissioner to Indian Affairs in Western Massachusetts, founding member of the Ohketeau Cultural Council, the Native Youth Empowerment Foundation, and representative of the Native Movement.

More info:

Free public event. Hosted by Linda McInerney and Rhonda Anderson.

5 PM – 7 PM EST
Greenfield Town Common
14 Court Square
Greenfield, MA  01301
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TUESDAY — DECEMBER 1, 2020 — ONLINE ZOOM MEETING
anti-biomass action
— Anti-Biomass Day of Action!
Help phonebank our MA legislators and members of the conference committee to oppose harmful biomass in our state! The 2050 Climate Roadmap Bill in conference committee right now lists biomass electricity plants as “non-carbon emitting” sources of energy, which is false. Wood-burning biomass incinerators emit more CO2 than burning fossil fuels.

This bill, in its current form, would allow Palmer Renewable to build a biomass plant in East Springfield, which would further pollute the air in an economically distressed Environmental Justice community known as the “Asthma Capital of the US”. The biomass plant would also spew air pollution into a 90-mile radius. The Springfield Climate Justice Coalition, the Springfield community, and public health and climate activists across the state have been fighting to stop the biomass plant for over 12 years. Sign up and invite others to phone bank with us!

Free public event. Hosted by Clean Air Springfield.

1PM – 3PM
Online
» Facebook event page           
» Sign up here

TUESDAY — DECEMBER 1, 2020 — ONLINE
fix the grid 101
— Fix the Grid 101
ISO-NE operates the grid that supplies electricity to the six states which comprise New England. The way that the grid is operated has a profound impact on regional carbon emissions and the role of clean energy in the electricity sector. States are calling for meaningful broad reforms to ISO-NE’s operations to stop economically privileging dirty fossil fuels in our regional electricity system. Please join us for a high level discussion about the issues and opportunities to get involved.

Free public event. Hosted by Mass Sierra Club, Sierra Club – Vermont Chapter and 2 others. Presented by Sierra Club, Acadia Center & Community Action Works

7 PM EST
Online
» Facebook event page          
» Register here           

TUESDAY — DECEMBER 1, 2020 — ONLINE
ag climate change mitigation
— Beyond Stopping Emissions: Agricultural Climate Change Mitigation with Eric Toensmeier

An overview of agriculture as a source of emissions and its potential to reduce emissions and sequester carbon. Part of a “balanced breakfast” of climate change mitigation that includes transformation of transport, industry, electricity and other sectors.

Eric Toensmeier is the Director of the Perennial Agriculture Institute, Senior Fellow with Global Evergreening Alliance, former Senior Fellow with Project Drawdown, author of The Carbon Farming Solution

Free public event. Hosted by Climate Action Now MA

7 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Online
» Facebook event page             
» Register here

WEDNESDAY — DECEMBER 2, 2020 — ONLINE
zero carbon home
— David Green: How to cut your bills and carbon footprint to zero. I have done it. Free webinars, free book.

If you have already attended one of my webinars then please forward this email to someone you think would like to save money by cutting their carbon footprint.

In this webinar I explain, in clear and simple terms, what we did to cut our home’s carbon footprint, heating bill and electricity bill to zero. I am saving so much money on bills that I am earning a 15% return on my investments in heat pumps, insulation, triple-glazed windows and solar panels, which I call the fab four. Yes, I am a Brit and a fan of the real Fab Four, the Beatles.

If you can’t make it to this webinar, you can see a YouTube version of the last one I did (it is 45 minutes of presentation followed by 45 minutes of Q&A), by clicking here: Past webinar You can hear other people’s questions and my answers but you can’t ask your own questions. I have found that answering people’s questions is the most important part of my work, which is why I regularly do these live webinars.

If the thought of spending 90 minutes doing anything (even if it will probably save you thousands of dollars a year) sounds a little crazy, then you can download a pdf file of the slides for the webinar, here: Zero Carbon Masterclass – Compressed You can skim through the slides in about 10 minutes. This pdf file is compressed to 3.2MB to make it easy to download, so the pictures are a little grainy.

I have also split the webinar into bite-sized sections, all hosted on YouTube. To view each section click the link:

To read the written Q&A from several of these webinars, which is a goldmine of useful information about cutting your carbon footprint and related building matters like condensation, please click here

I look forward to hearing your questions on the webinar.

If you are part of a local sustainability, environmental or energy conservation group and would like to host a webinar please contact me at dgreen@greenzerocarbon.com to arrange it. I can take care of all the arrangements for Zoom hosting and registration so all you need to have is just add the audience!

Free public event. Hosted by EEBA (The Energy and Environmental Building Alliance). All attendees will get a free copy of Zero Carbon Home.

3:30 PM
Online
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Register here       

SATURDAY & SUNDAY — DECEMBER 5 & 6, 2020 — ONLINE
progressive strategy conference— Where do we go from Here? Preparing our Movements for the Next Four Years
Whatever the results of the November election, it will be important for the Massachusetts peace, climate, and racial and economic justice movements to come together to assess the new conditions after November 3. Regardless of the outcome, we will require sustained, collaborative and strategic action if we are to seize the moment for the struggles that lie ahead.

Our virtual gathering on December 5-6 will bring together key activists to consider “where do we go from here” with as much organic collaboration as possible.

The United States is in the midst of multiple crises that have exposed the fault lines of injustice and inequality as never before. The election results will shape the terrain for responding to these crises and seizing the opportunities they present.

The Pandemic – The critical need for a competent, coordinated national response to COVID-19 is paramount. We must control the pandemic before a safe and equitable recovery can begin, as a first step toward a well resourced public health system to prepare to avoid future pandemics.

The Economic Crisis – The first action of the new administration should be the enactment of a major economic relief package responding to the economic needs manifested by the pandemic. We need an emergency Green New Deal public jobs and infrastructure program. No longer should your access to health care be dependent on what job you have; health care should be provided to all as a human right. We need to guarantee affordable housing, food security, child and family support and education as human rights and social goods.

Racial Injustice –The murder of George Floyd has sparked a nationwide movement against racist violence, police brutality and mass incarceration. We must fight with fierce urgency to end, repair and redress the centuries of institutionalized oppression of Black and Brown people that have plagued our history and poison our present.

Climate Change – As apocalyptic fires consume the West, hurricanes assault the South, and melting ice caps flood the coasts, the US must embrace the Green New Deal and the THRIVE Agenda NOW to save the planet before it is too late.

Endless War– We must re-define national security by promoting international cooperation, not endless warfare to defend a far-flung empire. We must reverse the new cold war with Russia and China and dismantle life-threatening nuclear weapons. We must redirect resources from the Pentagon and militarized police to combat actual threats to our security from extreme poverty, inequality, and climate disaster.

Political Polarization – We must address the explosive political polarization that will continue regardless of who wins the election – and consider any role we may be playing in that polarization. Our Movement must stand with the vast majority of people, represent their interests, and build a society based on truth, science, and justice.

This is a unique moment in history. From the ashes of disease, depression, dystopia and disaster, let us gather in December to take stock, join forces and build a powerful movement for radical yet winnable social transformation based on our shared vision of hope, justice, equity and peace.

Confirmed Speakers: Sen. Ed Markey ~ John Nichols ~ Bill Fletcher Jr. ~ Bill McKibben ~ Vaughn Goodwin~ Stephen Kinzer ~ Rahsaan Hall ~ Shailly Gupta Barnes ~ Gladys Vega ~ Alina Tomeh

Sponsors: Massachusetts Peace Action, 350 Mass, Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security, American Friends Service Committee – Northeast Office, Progressive Massachusetts, Massachusetts Alliance of HUD Tenants, Massachusetts Poor People’s Campaign, Progressive Democrats of America, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate, Boston Independent Drivers Guild, Our Revolution Massachusetts, Cambridge Residents Alliance, Peace Action Maine, Veterans for Peace/Smedley Butler Brigade, Jewish Voice for Peace Boston, and Boston DSA.

This conference is one of an annual series of progressive strategy conferences; the previous one was “Rising Up for a Livable Future” on November 9, 2019, held at Lesley University. You can view video of those presentations here.

Public event (fee). Hosted by Massachusetts Peace Action, American Friends Service Committee and 2 others.

  • Massachusetts progressive organizations are invited to join as an endorser for $25.
  • Registration: $75 supporters, $20 general admission, $5 student/ low income.

Saturday, 9am – 5pm – Speakers and Breakouts
Sunday, 10am – 12 noon – Continuations Assembly
Online
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» Register here          
» Information: info@masspeaceaction.org or 617-354-2169

MONDAY — DECEMBER 7, 2020 — ONLINE
virtual 2050 roadmap meeting
MA Decarbonization Roadmap

To achieve long-term emission reduction goals within the Commonwealth, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs is undertaking a planning process to identify cost-effective and equitable strategies to ensure Massachusetts reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at least 85% by 2050 and achieve net-zero emissions.

Please join EEA for a public webinar on the Commonwealth’s planning efforts thus far to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  EEA will soon release several reports on pathways to a net-zero emissions future as well as a Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2030.  This webinar will be an opportunity to learn about the research process and provide feedback on the state’s outreach plan around policies for 2030.

Free public event. Hosted by Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

12 – 1:30 PM
Online
» Event information, including links to recordings of Roadmap public meetings held earlier this year.         
» Registration

WEDNESDAY — DECEMBER 9, 2020 — ONLINE RALLY
stop line 3
— National Digital Rally to #StopLine3
Fossil fuel giant Enbridge is planning to build a toxic tar sands pipeline across Indigenous lands and the fresh water lakes of northern Minnesota.

Line 3 is a proposal for a new pipeline that would cover more than 1,000 miles from Hardisty, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin. It would transport an average of 760,000 barrels of tar sands crude oil from Alberta each day, with a maximum capacity of 844,000 barrels per day.

If built, Line 3 would release as much greenhouse gas pollution as fifty new coal fired power plants. It would violate Ojibwe treaty rights and put the state’s water, ecosystems and communities at risk.

Minnesota-based leaders have already delayed the project for seven years, but a recent push by Enbridge is bringing the project dangerously close to realization.

The pipeline is beginning construction, despite challenges from Indigenous nations, leaders, youth climate intervenors, land owners and environmental groups.

Join Stop the Money Pipeline and partner organizations from Minnesota and speakers from the frontlines fighting this deadly, colonial black snake that threatens water, Indigenous rights, and the climate.

Speakers:

  • Winona LaDuke (White Earth Nation), Honor the Earth
  • Tara Houska (Couchiching First Nation), Giniw Collective
  • Bill McKibben, writer & co-founder 350.org
  • Sam Grant, MN350 — MC
  • Mahyar Sorour, Sierra Club

Free public event. Hosted by Stop the Money Pipeline, Center for Biological Diversity and 3 others.

8 PM – 9:30 PM EST
Online
» Facebook event page            
» Register here

MONDAY — DECEMBER 14, 2020 — ONLINE
charged up
— Charged Up (Everything You Need to Know About EV Charging)
Making the switch to an electric car can be intimidating if you’re used to refueling with gasoline. Where will you charge? How much will it cost? How can you make sure you’re always charged up? The good news is that charging an electric vehicle (EV) is easier than you might think, once you know the basics.

Join this hour-long webinar to learn everything you need to know about EV charging so that you feel ready and confident to make your next car electric. There will be plenty of time to ask questions.

Free public event. Hosted by Green Energy Consumers Alliance.

1 PM EST
Online
» Register here

TUESDAY — DECEMBER 15, 2020 — ONLINE
oil heat savings
— Top Ways to Save When You Heat With Oil
If you’ve thought about replacing your heating system or converting to gas, or if your oil bills are high and your home is still chilly, this webinar is for you. Join Loie Hayes, Green Energy Consumers Alliance’s Membership Coordinator and energy efficiency expert, on December 15th at 7:30PM for a FREE 30-minute webinar on how oil-heated households can best save energy, money, and the environment.

We’ll cover:

  • the basics of how homes use energy
  • the top 4 simple things you can do to save energy
  • when to consider getting a new heating system, and how to go about it
  • and cleaner heating technology options, like heat pumps

Free public event. Hosted by Green Energy Consumers Alliance.

7:30 PM EST
Online
» Register here         

WEDNESDAY — DECEMBER 16, 2020 — ONLINE
buying a pre-owned EV
— Buying a Pre-Owned Electric Car
Consumer Reports just deemed electric vehicles (EVs) more affordable overall than gas-powered cars, especially pre-owned EVs!

Electric cars offer many benefits, including a lower carbon footprint, smooth and quiet acceleration, and zero noxious tailpipe emissions, to name a few. Buying pre-owned allows you to enjoy the perks of going electric without the high upfront cost of a new car.

At this webinar, we’ll cover:

  • the perks of buying pre-owned, with insights from the Consumer Reports analysis
  • what kind of cars are available
  • how to find the right car for you

Free public event. Hosted by Green Energy Consumers Alliance.

11 AM EST
Online
» Register here         

THURSDAY — DECEMBER 17, 2020 — ONLINE
Muni 101 webinar
Municipal Light Plants 101 Webinar
Did you know that 41 towns and cities in Massachusetts are served by municipal light plants (MLPs)? That’s 14% of the state’s energy! Because of their relationship to their local communities, these MLPs can be powerful potential allies in creating more clean energy and lowering emissions.

This webinar will cover an overview of the history and governance of MLPs, stories of successful clean energy advocacy, and opportunities for engaging with your local MLP.

We are excited for you to join us on Thursday evening the 17th!

Free public event. Hosted by Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN), the Environmental League of Massachusetts, 350 Mass Action, and Sierra Club Massachusetts.

5 – 6 PM EST
Online
» Register here

TUESDAY — DECEMBER 22, 2020 — ONLINE VIRTUAL PHONEBANK
clean air phonebank event
“We don’t want biomass, We want clean air”

We all deserve clean air. Springfield needs you…Biomass will hurt all of us!!!

Help reach out to MA legislators on Tuesday, December 22nd from 3:30PM – 6PM to oppose harmful biomass in our state! The 2050 Climate Roadmap Bill currently lists biomass electricity plants as “non-carbon emitting” sources of energy, which is false.

Wood-burning biomass incinerators emit more CO2 than burning fossil fuels. This bill as written would pave the way for Palmer Renewable to build a biomass plant in East Springfield, which would further pollute the air in an economically distressed Environmental Justice community known as the “Asthma Capital of the US”. It would also open the door to other potential biomass facilities in Massachusetts, polluting the air there, too.

The Climate Roadmap Bill will be decided on by the end of the year, so we need to act now. Join the Springfield Climate Justice Coalition, the Springfield community, and public health and climate activists across the state for our action on Dec 22nd.

Free public event. Hosted by Neighbor To Neighbor Massachusetts Education Fund, Massachusetts Jobs with Justice! and 4 others.

3:30 – 6:00 PM EST
Online
» Facebook event page
» Register here


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