Events Archive 2021 January-June

WEDNESDAY — JANUARY 13, 2021 — HARTFORD, CT
stop Killingly
Killingly fracked gas plant protest and die-in

We are so excited to let you know that U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal,  @senblumenthal will be attending and speaking at this event!!

In terms of covid-19 protocol, all protesters are required to wear a mask, otherwise they will be asked to leave. Additionally, we ask that everyone does their best to keep 6 feet of distance between themselves and other protesters. Finally, for the die-in, we will mark the ground so that protesters know where to lie. If there are concerns about safety, or anything else, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Free public event. Hosted by Sunrise CT.

2 PM
State Capitol (back steps)

210 Capitol Ave.
Hartford, CT 06106
» Instagram event listing           

WEDNESDAY — JANUARY 13, 2021 — ONLINE
iconic abode
Triple Decker Challenge: Decarbonizing an Iconic Building Type
Triple deckers are one of the most dominant, widely recognized, and iconic residential building types in Massachusetts. Tens of thousands of triple deckers were built during the late 19th and 20th centuries across New England to serve as an economical means of housing thousands of newly arrived factory immigrant workers. They are typically three-story, wood, balloon-framed structures that consist of three apartments with generally identical floor plans, exterior porches, and a mix of flat and gable roofs.

As the Commonwealth strives to meet its 2050 net-zero emissions goal, it is necessary to retrofit triple deckers to assist in emissions reduction. MassCEC’s Triple Decker Design Challenge resulted in 13 proposals for all-electric energy retrofits of these buildings. MassCEC is “getting out the vote” for the $10,000 People’s Choice Award, which is determined by a popular vote cast at this link.

Free public event. Hosted by Boston Society for Architecture to present Mass Clean Energy Center’s Design Competition

For more information, please visit MassCEC’s Triple Decker Design Challenge website.

6 – 7:30 PM EST
Online
» Event page          
» Register here

FRIDAY — JANUARY 15, 2021 — ONLINE Q&A
MA Global Warming Solutions
MA 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap Question and Answer Session
The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs invites you to join a public webinar.

The goal of this meeting is to review the findings from the final 2050 Roadmap (available here) and answer stakeholder questions about this report and associated technical reports. These answers could help inform public comments on the Interim Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2030, being accepted through February 22, 2021 at 5PM.

Questions submitted in advance will be prioritized during the Q&A session.

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

12:00PM – 1:30PM
Online
» Please submit questions in advance
» Webinar registration
» By phone: +1 929 205 6099, access code:82053734476#

SUNDAY — JANUARY 17, 2021 — NEW HAVEN, CT
people over power plants
— March and Rally against the Killingly gas plant: CT Climate Justice Now
While so many in New Haven already lack basic health, housing, and job security, our state still makes room for obsolete, unsafe, hazardous frack gas technology. It’s time to prioritize a just and safe transition to clean energy, clean air and water, clean jobs, a clean conscience for CT.

Join us in person or online, Sunday Jan 17, to demand that Governor Ned Lamont take immediate executive action to reject the gas plant build in Killingly.

We will be marching through residential neighborhoods in New Haven who are most vulnerable to the devastating effects of impending climate change. We will pass an abandoned gas project and witness the legacy of mistakes made for quick money in dirty power. We will make our voices heard, and show Governor Lamont that we are not going anywhere. We will be here after every permit approval, after every non-response, to demand that the project be stopped, to demand environmental justice in CT now.

Free public event Hosted by Sunrise New Haven.

12 PM – 2 PM EST
New Haven Green
41.307908, -72.926256
New Haven, CT
» Facebook event page

TUESDAY — JANUARY 19, 2021 — ONLINE
green drinks - PPPPut Peakers in the Past | January Pittsfield Green Drinks

At our January meeting we will welcome Rosemary Wessel from No Fracked Gas in Mass to talk about peaker power plants in the Berkshires. The virtual meeting will convene at 6pm via Zoom.

Learn about the impacts of Peaker Power Plants in the Berkshires, some of the worst offenders to public health and climate. These plants are located near communities of color and low-income households, relying on the dirtiest fuels that produce tremendous amounts of pollution when burned.

We believe that clean air is a right. We are demanding that the three peaking power plants located in Berkshire County, MA be shut down and replaced with only renewable and clean alternatives.

Rosemary Wessel is program director of No Fracked Gas in Mass, a BEAT program. As a longtime advocate and activist, Rose enjoys playing with her dog and foraging in her spare time.

Pittsfield Green Drinks : Each month a guest speaker talks for about 30 minutes beginning at 6 PM on the third Tuesday of the month. The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is followed by discussion and Q&A. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring your questions!

What is Green Drinks? Green Drinks is an international forum where people who work in the environmental field meet for a drink and snacks at informal sessions. There will be a lively mix of people from non-profit organizations, academia, government, business, and the general public. Green Drinks is a great way of catching up with people you know and for making new contacts. These networking events are very simple and unstructured. Come along and you’ll be made welcome.

Free public event. Hosted by Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT)

6 – 7 PM
Online
» Registration required – please register here

WEDNESDAY — JANUARY 20, 2020 — ONLINE
CT CRC Jan Mtg
CT Commuter Rail Council – Talking TCI

Rich Jankovich from CT DOT and Johnny Dach from the Governor’s office will be talking to the CT Commuter Rail Council about the cap and invest Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI).

This will be the primary agenda item for the January 20th meeting, and it is timely as TCI will have proposed enabling legislation in the underway legislative session.

Free public event. Hosted by Transport Hartford Academy and Environment Connecticut

7 PM – 8:30 PM EST
Online
» Facebook event page
» RSVP here to get the Zoom link the day before the meeting    
» More about the Transportation and Climate Initiative

THURSDAY — JANUARY 21, 2021 — 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 Sustainable Wellesley. All attendees will get a free copy of Zero Carbon Home.

7:00 PM
Online
»
Register here        

MONDAY — JANUARY 25, 2021 — ONLINE
working with tenants
— Affordable Housing is a Climate Solution: Working with Tenants to Make It Work.

In spite of the Governor vetoing the climate bill, we know that grassroots advocates will keep fighting for climate justice and safe, affordable homes!

MCAN and the Boston Society for Architecture are hosting the second of a four-part webinar series on retrofitting affordable housing to highly energy-efficient, healthy standards that ensure social equity.

This webinar focuses on the community engagement dimensions of retrofits and different approaches to working with residents during various phases of retrofits. We will hear from speakers Keihly Moore AIA, a certified Passive House Consultant from Studio G Architects, and Gabe Shapiro from All In Energy about supporting and empowering residents, while also making buildings more energy efficient and sustainable.

Free public event. Hosted by MCAN and the Boston Society for Architecture.

12:00-1:00pm
Online
» Register here        

WEDNESDAY — JANUARY 27, 2021 — ONLINE
green living spring 21
Individual Actions and Climate Change: Which are most effective?

MCLA’s Green Living Seminar Series Spring 2021: Individual Actions and Environmental Sustainability

Speaker: Dr. Seth Wynes, Concordia University, Postdoc

Every semester the Green Living Seminars center around a different topic, timely and relevant in current sustainability issues.

Presentations will be broadcast on Northern Berkshire Community Television Channel (NBCTC) 1302 at the following times: Wednesdays at 7:30pm; Fridays at 4pm; Saturdays at 3:30pm; Sundays at 11:30am; Mondays at 5:30pm.

Free public event. Presented by the Environmental Studies Department and the MCLA Berkshire Environmental Resource Center (BERC).

5:30 PM EST
Online
» Event poster
» Register here

THURSDAY — JANUARY 28, 2021 — ONLINE
MA-EEA— Interim Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2030 Webinar session #1

The interim Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2030 is now available here, with review and public comment open from January 7 to February 22, 2021. The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) invites you to review the interim plan, submit comments or suggestions, and attend a webinar to discuss the content of the interim plan.

Free public webinar. Hosted by the MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

9:30am to 11am
Online
» Register here

TUESDAY — FEBRUARY 2, 2021 — ONLINE
networking for change
— Networking for Change

Passionate about meeting and organizing with other affordable housing advocates?

Our Networking for Change event brings together clean energy advocates and design professionals interested in opportunities to advocate for healthy, affordable housing across the Commonwealth. This networking session will share how to get involved with existing legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts, and explore other advocacy opportunities within the design fields. Join us and become part of the Affordable Housing is a Climate Solution movement!

Free public event. Hosted by MCAN and the Boston Society for Architecture.

12 PM – 1 PM
Online
» Register here

WEDNESDAY — FEBRUARY 3, 2021 — ONLINE
green living spring 21
— Preventing Unplanned Pregnancy

MCLA’s Green Living Seminar Series Spring 2021: Individual Actions and Environmental Sustainability

Speaker: Rachel Fey, Power to Decide, Senior Director of Public Policy

Every semester the Green Living Seminars center around a different topic, timely and relevant in current sustainability issues.

Presentations will be broadcast on Northern Berkshire Community Television Channel (NBCTC) 1302 at the following times: Wednesdays at 7:30pm; Fridays at 4pm; Saturdays at 3:30pm; Sundays at 11:30am; Mondays at 5:30pm.

Free public event. Presented by the Environmental Studies Department and the MCLA Berkshire Environmental Resource Center (BERC).

5:30 PM EST
Online
» Event poster
» Register here    

THURSDAY — FEBRUARY 4, 2021 — ONLINE
institutional contamination
Panel Discussion: How the Fossil Fuel Industry Contaminates Our Institutions
University Rebellion UvA presents an online panel discussion regarding the fossil fuel industry, its presence within public institutions, and how it contributes to global climate and social crises.

Our Panelists

Fossil Free NL- a group of climate activists seeking to build a world of community-led renewable energy, organizing to stop coal, oil and gas infrastructure.

Michantely de Jong from Bij1- an activist Dutch political party standing for radical equality, economic and climate justice, and anti-capitalism.

Carolina Valladares Pasquel- PhD student at UvA conducting research on “The Politics of Ideas for Leaving Fossil Fuels Underground” in Ecuador and The Netherlands.

Dr. Peter Roessingh- Assistant Professor and Ecology researcher at the UvA Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

This event will take place in English, and will include time for discussion and questions from audience participants.

Join us as we discuss how to dismantle and replace structures within public institutions with ties to the fossil fuel industry, as well as unite our struggles to form a strong, lasting social movement.

Free public event. Join via Zoom from link below.

1:30 – 3:00 PM EST
Online
» Link to live Zoom event
» Facebook event page

SATURDAY — FEBRUARY 6, 2021 — ONLINE
MA-EEA
— Interim Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2030 Webinar session #2

The interim Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2030 is now available here, with review and public comment open from January 7 to February 22, 2021. The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) invites you to review the interim plan, submit comments or suggestions, and attend a webinar to discuss the content of the interim plan.

Free public webinar. Hosted by the MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

10:30am to 12pm
Online
» Register here

WEDNESDAY — FEBRUARY 10, 2021 — ONLINE RALLY

— Protect Sacred Water: Digital Rally to #StopLine3 and Build Back Fossil Free
Learn from Winona Laduke, Tara Houska, and faith leader partners about the Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline resistance, their call on President Biden to stop it, and what you can do to stand in solidarity with water protectors on the frontlines. Faith leaders are joining the call from Indigenous leaders to #StopLine3!

Line 3 construction is well underway. They are beginning to run through precious wild ricing waters sacred to the Anishinaabe people, and the Mississippi River headwaters to the shore of Lake Superior. President Biden needs to stop the Line 3 pipeline- to protect our treaty obligations, to prevent further climate crisis, and to create a world where everyone can thrive.

Sign the petition to Biden to Stop Line 3.

If you are a clergy person or spiritual leader, sign this petition.

Visit stopline3.org for more information.

Free public event. Sponsored by  Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light, MUUSJA – Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance and 5 others

3 PM – 4 PM EST
Online
» Facebook event page             
» Register here for online rally         

WEDNESDAY — FEBRUARY 10, 2021 — ONLINE
green living spring 21
Cycling for Sustainable Cities

MCLA’s Green Living Seminar Series Spring 2021: Individual Actions and Environmental Sustainability

Speaker: Dr. Ralph Buehler, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Professor and Chair of Urban Affairs and Planning

Every semester the Green Living Seminars center around a different topic, timely and relevant in current sustainability issues.

Presentations will be broadcast on Northern Berkshire Community Television Channel (NBCTC) 1302 at the following times: Wednesdays at 7:30pm; Fridays at 4pm; Saturdays at 3:30pm; Sundays at 11:30am; Mondays at 5:30pm.

Free public event. Presented by the Environmental Studies Department and the MCLA Berkshire Environmental Resource Center (BERC).

5:30 PM EST
Online
» Event poster
» Register here    

SATURDAY — FEBRUARY 13, 2021 — ONLINE
story of plastic
The Story of Plastic: Film Screening and Discussion Panel

Join Promote PT for a film screening of the Story of Plastic followed by a panel discussion with Stiv Wilson, Patty Demarco, and anaïs peterson.

Free public event

Watch Party: 11am – 1pm*
Panel: 1 – 2pm
Online
» Register here
*Film will be available digitally in advance for viewing

TUESDAY — FEBRUARY 16, 2021 — FACEBOOK LIVESTREAM
tell Baker no biomass in spfld
— Tell Baker “No Biomass in Springfield”

Take action with us virtually to protect our communities from pollution!

The people in Springfield already breathe some of the most polluted air in the nation – it’s “the asthma capital of the country.” For more than a decade, we have been battling the proposed Palmer Renewable Energy wood-burning power plant which would make our unhealthy air quality even worse and disproportionately impact low-income communities of color.

While Governor Baker claims to be concerned about air pollution, climate change, and racial justice, his Department of Energy Resources announced in December that it would roll back Massachusetts’ science-based standards and allow dirty and inefficient wood-burning power plants like the one proposed in Springfield to qualify for millions of dollars a year in renewable energy subsidies in Massachusetts. The Palmer developers themselves have said that these subsidies are the lifeline they need to begin construction.

Springfield residents will be affected first and worst by this proposal, but we all lose if we allow our clean energy dollars to support false climate solutions like biomass energy. Join our campaign launch to tell Governor Baker that Massachusetts doesn’t want him to roll back our renewable energy standards!

We will be delivering a letter with our demands to Baker’s office in Springfield on Wednesday, February 10th at 11am. Please tune in to watch the action here through our Facebook livestream, and share the livestream with your friends. There will be several ways to have a big impact from home:

– Sign our petition (going live on Tuesday)

– Post on social media using our toolkit (going live on Tuesday)

– Tell all your friends, and get them to take action too!

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

11 AM EST
Online
» Facebook event page            

WEDNESDAY — FEBRUARY 17, 2021 — ONLINE
green living spring 21
— Consumer Demand for Fuel Efficient Vehicles and the Role of Social Marketing

MCLA’s Green Living Seminar Series Spring 2021: Individual Actions and Environmental Sustainability

Speaker: Dr. Lisa Watson, University of Regina, Associate Dean of Research & Graduate Programs, Associate Professor of Marketing

Every semester the Green Living Seminars center around a different topic, timely and relevant in current sustainability issues.

Presentations will be broadcast on Northern Berkshire Community Television Channel (NBCTC) 1302 at the following times: Wednesdays at 7:30pm; Fridays at 4pm; Saturdays at 3:30pm; Sundays at 11:30am; Mondays at 5:30pm.

Free public event. Presented by the Environmental Studies Department and the MCLA Berkshire Environmental Resource Center (BERC).

5:30 PM EST
Online
» Event poster
» Register here    

WEDNESDAY — FEBRUARY 17, 2021 — ONLINE
Better Path - stopping a compressor stationBetter Path Presents Stopping a Compressor Station: Fighting on the Other End of the Pipeline

Alice Arena and Andrea Honoré of Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station (FRRACS) in Massachusetts discuss Stopping a Compressor Station: Fighting on the Other End of the Pipeline

You can also watch on Facebook live on the Better Path Coalition page, but it’s a good idea to request the Zoom link in case we have technical difficulties.

Free public event. Hosted by Better Path Coalition

7 PM EST
Online
» Facebook event page
» Register to receive Zoom link        

MONDAY — FEBRUARY 22, 2021 — ONLINE
look listen actFebruary Climate Action Now Monthly Gathering

Climate Justice, Racial Justice

Creating the Systemic Change We Need!

Biomass campaign updates

Global and local perspectives

Time in small groups

Everyone is warmly welcomed

Feel the warmth of community and the strength of collective action as we move forward together at this critical moment in history.

We come together once a month to meet each other, plan, and imagine how to contribute, in our corner of the world, to the urgent fight against climate change . We love to meet newcomers, whether you are brand new to activism or have been working for change for a long time. We do not have a membership or dues. People give of their time and talent when they see fit. You are welcome to join us!

Free public event. Hosted by Climate Action Now – Western Massachusetts

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

TUESDAY — FEBRUARY 23, 2021 — ONLINE
jobs with justice— Injustice in the Air: Climate, Race, and Health Justice in Western Massachusetts

Black History Month this year comes at a time when Black communities are facing the ever present threats of climate injustice, racism, and attacks on their health due to white supremacy and corporate greed. The COVID-19 pandemic brings these threats to the forefront and calls on us to take action together against the climate crisis, racism, and health injustice.

Join Mass JwJ for a discussion on the fight for climate, racial, and health justice in Western Massachusetts and what we can do to protect our communities. We’ll learn how these topics connect broadly, and more specifically how they directly connect to work Mass JWJ is doing in the Western Massachusetts region around air pollution and hospital cuts in Springfield, a majority BIPOC community.

Free public event. Hosted by Massachusetts Jobs with Justice

6:30 – 8 PM EST
Online
» Facebook event page              
» Register here             

WEDNESDAY — FEBRUARY 24, 2021 — ONLINE
no toxic biomass

Free public event. Hosted by Climate Action Now – Western Massachusetts

5 PM EST
Online
» Register here            

WEDNESDAY — FEBRUARY 24, 2021 — ONLINE
green living spring 21
— Factors that Influence Demand for Green Power

MCLA’s Green Living Seminar Series Spring 2021: Individual Actions and Environmental Sustainability

Speaker: Lori Bird, World Resources Institute, Director, US Energy Program and Polsky Chair for Renewable Energy

Every semester the Green Living Seminars center around a different topic, timely and relevant in current sustainability issues.

Presentations will be broadcast on Northern Berkshire Community Television Channel (NBCTC) 1302 at the following times: Wednesdays at 7:30pm; Fridays at 4pm; Saturdays at 3:30pm; Sundays at 11:30am; Mondays at 5:30pm.

Free public event. Presented by the Environmental Studies Department and the MCLA Berkshire Environmental Resource Center (BERC).

5:30 PM EST
Online
» Event poster                  
» Register here    

WEDNESDAY — FEBRUARY 24, 2021 — ONLINE
proforestationWhat is Proforestation? A conversation with Dr. William Moomaw

What is Proforestation? How does it compare to what is happening on Vermont’s federal and state public lands? For years we have listened to the forestry timber-speak about sustainable forest management, afforestation and reforestation, and various other terms all of which ultimately involve logging. But a new word and a new concept – Proforestation – is gaining traction and deserves our support! Come learn from a proforestation pro! Bill Moomaw is part of a team who is working to change the narrative about forests and climate.

William Moomaw is Emeritus Professor of International Environmental Policy, Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, Fletcher, Tufts University. He was a lead author of 5 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports. He currently serves as co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts, which he co-founded, and he is also a Visiting Scientist at Woodwell Climate Center. He received his B.A. degree in chemistry from Williams College and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from MIT.

Free public event, by Standing Trees Vermont, Biofuelwatch and 2 others.

7 PM EST
Online
» Facebook event page          
» Register here           

WEDNESDAY — FEBRUARY 24, 2021 — ONLINE
conversation on divestment
» Register here             

THURSDAY — FEBRUARY 25, 2021 — ONLINE WEBINAR
ICE ban panel
Phasing out gasoline here & around the world
You may have seen recent headlines about whole countries and major cities setting deadlines to phase-out gas-powered cars, and states like California following suit. But how do these phase-outs or “ICE (internal combustion engine) bans” work? Join us to get the full picture. 

We’ll talk about

– Why a phase-out of fossil-fuel powered cars is necessary and feasible 

– What steps are being taken internationally and how that’s impacting automakers 

– What California’s recent steps to ban gas-powered cars after 2035 actually means and how it will work 

– What’s up in Massachusetts (hint: Governor Baker’s Clean Energy & Climate Plan) to phase out gas-powered cars 

– and how you can get involved 

We Have a Great Panel

– Dr. Monica Araya, international clean mobility advocate & decarbonization strategist 
– Dan Gatti, Director of Clean Transportation Policy at Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs 
– Janelle London, Co-Executive Director of Coltura, a West Coast-based nonprofit with a mission to speed the transition from gasoline to cleaner alternatives 
– Anna Vanderspek, Electric Vehicle Program Director, Green Energy Consumers Alliance

Free public event. Hosted by Green Energy Consumers Alliance

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
Online
» Register here      

SATURDAY — FEBRUARY 27, 2021 — HARTFORD AND ONLINE
stop Killingly car caravan
Stop the Killingly Power Plant Car Caravan and Virtual Rally

Action Not Words!

  • Feeder routes will join rally from New Haven and from Killingly, stopping in Ashford and Mansfield. See Facebook event page for details (below).
  • Meet in the parking lot at 1 Linden Place, Hartford, 11:45 so we can start the caravan at noon. 
  • Some of us will be standing with signs and banners across from DEEP in Bushnell Park. Cyclists & pedestrians are welcome to join us there, wearing masks and maintaining a safe distance. 
  • We will drive several times past DEEP headquarters on Elm Street and around the Capitol building before heading to the Governor’s residence at 990 Prospect Ave, across from Elizabeth Park.
  • If you can’t make it to Hartford decorate your car, bike or home with #StopNTE, No Fracked Gas & Clean Energy messages to show your neighbors and social media friends that CT wants Gov. Lamont to reject this polluting plant.

See Facebook event page for much more information, including speakers and alternative car-caravan meet-up locations.

Make your car a visual statement!

Snow date, Saturday, March 6

Free public event. Hosted by Connecticut Climate Crisis Mobilization, Promoting Enduring Peace and 3 others.

Zoom Rally: 12:15 PM EST
Car Caravan Meet-Up: 11:45 AM EST
Meeting Place: parking lot at 1 Linden Place, Hartford
» Facebook event page               
» Register here for virtual rally                 

WEDNESDAY — MARCH 3, 2021 — ONLINE
green living spring 21
— Factors that Influence Electric Vehicle Adoption

MCLA’s Green Living Seminar Series Spring 2021: Individual Actions and Environmental Sustainability

Speaker: Dr. Ona Egbue, University of South Carolina Upstate, Associate Professor of Informatics and Engineering Systems

Every semester the Green Living Seminars center around a different topic, timely and relevant in current sustainability issues.

Presentations will be broadcast on Northern Berkshire Community Television Channel (NBCTC) 1302 at the following times: Wednesdays at 7:30pm; Fridays at 4pm; Saturdays at 3:30pm; Sundays at 11:30am; Mondays at 5:30pm.

Free public event. Presented by the Environmental Studies Department and the MCLA Berkshire Environmental Resource Center (BERC).

5:30 PM EST
Online
» Event poster                  
» Register here    

THURSDAY — MARCH 4, 2021 — ONLINE ACTION
MPF lobby day
— Climate & Environmental Justice Remote Lobby Day

It’s time to build some momentum behind our environmental justice and climate action legislative priorities – and we need you!

New state-wide laws are one of many critical actions we must take to transform our state for climate and environmental justice. For the new legislative session, Mass Power Forward will be advocating for 3 main groups of bills.

  1. First, we are supporting the Environmental Justice Table’s priorities. We will be working to reform the Energy Facility Siting Board, Improve Air Quality for pollution hot spot communities, restore the ability to sue the government for unequal impact and clarify the definitions of environmental justice
  2. Second, we are supporting the MA Renews Alliance work to rapidly retrofit homes to be affordable, efficient, electric and climate healing- with priority to environmental justice neighborhoods.
  3. Third, we will be continuing our work from last session to get Massachusetts to 100% renewable energy.

The Mass Power Forward Planning team is setting up Zoom meetings with State Legislators. Participants will have an opportunity to meet ahead of time and organize their meetings (instructions will be provided). The lobby day guide and meeting logistics/instructions will be provided.

Free public event. Sponsored by Mass Power Forward, Massachusetts Climate Action Network and 2 others

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

SATURDAY — MARCH 6, 2021 — ONLINE
fifth annual green fairFifth Annual Green Fair (Renewable Energy Sustainable Living Fair)

We’re pleased that we don’t have to cancel our Fair due to Covid-19 and happy to continue to offer people in the Capital District area a one-stop shopping/information space for renewable energy and sustainable living products, services and ideas. 

We will host the event on our own website. We will have a virtual exhibition hall that will connect visitors to your website and an overview of your organization. You can also send us your Zoom account link and we will put it in your “booth,” which will allow visitors to the Fair to speak with you directly. We ask that anyone who exhibits at the Fair designate a person who will be available for interacting with participants (via phone or Zoom) on the day of the Fair. This information will be kept on our website indefinitely (minus the Zoom link). 

In addition we will have presentations, workshops and an opportunity for people to “mingle/network.”

Once you have registered we will send you the specs for sending us your logo. We will also need a link to a Zoom account if you want to make that available. 

This year we are charging $200 for for-profit organizations and $35 for not-for-profit organizations. We will have “early bird” pricing of $175 for for-profit organizations and $30 for not-for-profit organizations who sign up and make payment prior to February 1, 2021. (You can finalize your virtual fair plans and details by February 19, 2021.) This fee includes exhibit space at the Fair, listing on our website indefinitely and a list of visitors to the Fair who have agreed to share their contact information with you. 

We are happy to provide an event with no social distancing, no face masks, no crowd noise, no exhibitor siting issues, no weather or parking concerns; just an enjoyable, relaxing, healthy atmosphere! (Sorry, we can’t provide hot drinks and snacks this time.)

Free public event for visitors; fees apply to exhibitors. Sponsored by Community Advocates for a Sustainable Environment (CASE),

10 AM – 4 PM
Online
» Attend through CASE website           
» Register to exhibit              
» Purchase your virtual exhibit booth         

SATURDAY — MARCH 6, 2021 — KEENE, NH
stop line 3
— STOP LINE 3!

XR NH will gather in support of indigenous peoples defending their sacred lands from this toxic Enbridge project. We will also be highlighting Bank of America’s financing of Line 3.

Join XR NH to demand Bank of America divest from LINE 3!

Line 3 is poised to be a linchpin in tar sands infrastructure. It is designed to prop up a dying industry for decades. Kill it and we can kill the whole toxic tar sands industry. The failure of this project will send shockwaves through the entire fossil fuel industry.

Contact: norsmarsh@protonmail.com           
COVID-19 Precautions Required

Free public event. Hosted by Extinction Rebellion NH

11:30 AM EST
Meeting at Ashuelot River Park then on to Central Square
Keene, NY
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TUESDAY — MARCH 9, 2021 — ONLINE
EEA logo
— Interim Clean Energy and Climate Report for 2030 Webinar #1
The Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) sets out a series of requirements for how the Commonwealth is to achieve emissions reductions by mid-century. The GWSA requires EEA to set emissions limits every 10 years, together with implementation plans to achieve them.  In setting those limits, the Secretary of EEA is to both ensure that the limit maximizes the Commonwealth’s ability to meet its 2050 limit and consider the feasibility, cost-effectiveness, and enforceability of GHG reductions measures, along with their co-benefits, for achieving said limit. The 2030 CECP builds upon the 2010 publication of the Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020 (2020 CECP), as well as the 2015 Update to the 2020 CECP (Updated 2020 CECP). 

The Interim 2030 CECP was released on December 30, 2020. Interim report available in: English;   Español;   中文;   Português;   Kreyòl ayisyen;   Tiếng Việt

EEA is hosting two public webinars on the Interim 2030 CECP.  Details and registration information is below.   The two webinars will follow the same format and stakeholders are invited to attend either. EEA will first present an overview of the Interim 2030 CECP, after which attendees will be invited to provide oral public comment (up to 2 minutes). These comments will be recorded and considered with the other public comments on the Interim 2030 CECP.  Webinar details:

  • Interim 2030 CECP Webinar #1, Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 3-4:30pm.
  • Interim 2030 CECP Webinar #2, Monday, March 15, 2021, 6:30-8pm.

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

3-4:30pm
Online
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» Register for Webinar 1             

WEDNESDAY — MARCH 10, 2021 — ONLINE
green living spring 21
— Framing Messages to Make Them Appealing

MCLA’s Green Living Seminar Series Spring 2021: Individual Actions and Environmental Sustainability

Speaker: Dr. Nell Putnam-Farr, Rice University, Assistant Professor of Marketing

Every semester the Green Living Seminars center around a different topic, timely and relevant in current sustainability issues.

Presentations will be broadcast on Northern Berkshire Community Television Channel (NBCTC) 1302 at the following times: Wednesdays at 7:30pm; Fridays at 4pm; Saturdays at 3:30pm; Sundays at 11:30am; Mondays at 5:30pm.

Free public event. Presented by the Environmental Studies Department and the MCLA Berkshire Environmental Resource Center (BERC).

5:30 PM EST
Online
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WEDNESDAY — MARCH 10, 2021 — ONLINE
PPP community meeting
Putting Peakers in the Past Community Meeting
Come find out more about Peaker Power Plants, those fossil fuel burning power plants located in the heart of Pittsfield and in Lee. These plants are decades old, burn harmful fuels like gas, oil and kerosene, and drive up the cost of electricity. Located in downtown Pittsfield near environmental justice neighbhorhoods, Pittsfield Generating is up for renewal of its Air Quality permit this year.

Hear what this campaign is about and how you can join in.

We’ll be giving updates on progress so far in contacting power plant owners and community outreach efforts and looking for input from community members who would like to see these power plants change to clean energy systems or close down. Learn about permitting issues and join in planning for public engagement in the process.

Can’t make it to the meeting but still have questions or want to join in?

Canvassers for COVID-safe flyer distribution in Pittsfield, Lee and Lenoxdale needed. Lots of other ways to engage, and more ideas welcome!

Contact Rose at rose@thebeatnews.org for more info.

Meeting online on Zoom, free and open to the public. Hosted by No Fracked Gas in Mass

6 PM EST
online
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MONDAY — MARCH 15, 2021 — ONLINE   
EEA logo
— Interim Clean Energy and Climate Report for 2030 Webinar #1
The Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) sets out a series of requirements for how the Commonwealth is to achieve emissions reductions by mid-century. The GWSA requires EEA to set emissions limits every 10 years, together with implementation plans to achieve them.  In setting those limits, the Secretary of EEA is to both ensure that the limit maximizes the Commonwealth’s ability to meet its 2050 limit and consider the feasibility, cost-effectiveness, and enforceability of GHG reductions measures, along with their co-benefits, for achieving said limit. The 2030 CECP builds upon the 2010 publication of the Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020 (2020 CECP), as well as the 2015 Update to the 2020 CECP (Updated 2020 CECP). 

The Interim 2030 CECP was released on December 30, 2020. Interim report available in: English;   Español;   中文;   Português;   Kreyòl ayisyen;   Tiếng Việt

EEA is hosting two public webinars on the Interim 2030 CECP.  Details and registration information is below.   The two webinars will follow the same format and stakeholders are invited to attend either. EEA will first present an overview of the Interim 2030 CECP, after which attendees will be invited to provide oral public comment (up to 2 minutes). These comments will be recorded and considered with the other public comments on the Interim 2030 CECP.  Webinar details:

  • Interim 2030 CECP Webinar #1, Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 3-4:30pm.
  • Interim 2030 CECP Webinar #2, Monday, March 15, 2021, 6:30-8pm.

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

6:30-8pm
Online
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» Register for Webinar 2             

WEDNESDAY — MARCH 17, 2021 — ONLINE
green living spring 21
— The Psychology of Sustainable Behavior

MCLA’s Green Living Seminar Series Spring 2021: Individual Actions and Environmental Sustainability

Speaker: Dr. Christie Manning, Macalester College, Director of Sustainability

Every semester the Green Living Seminars center around a different topic, timely and relevant in current sustainability issues.

Presentations will be broadcast on Northern Berkshire Community Television Channel (NBCTC) 1302 at the following times: Wednesdays at 7:30pm; Fridays at 4pm; Saturdays at 3:30pm; Sundays at 11:30am; Mondays at 5:30pm.

Free public event. Presented by the Environmental Studies Department and the MCLA Berkshire Environmental Resource Center (BERC).

5:30 PM EST
Online
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» Register here 

THURSDAY — MARCH 18, 2021 — ONLINE
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New England Energy Vision – Equity and Environmental Justice
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Maine Governor’s Energy Office, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, and Vermont Department of Public Service (collectively, State Agencies) jointly announce that the State Agencies will hold a public forum to address equity and environmental justice concerns related to the New England States’ Vision for a Clean, Affordable, and Reliable 21st Century Regional Electric Grid (Vision Statement).

This virtual public forum will be free to attend and conducted via Zoom (link below). The intent of the forum is to introduce the broad range of issues covered by the New England Energy Vision process in plain language and allow time for participants’ questions and discussion with regional policy makers. The forum and presentation slides will be translated in both English and Spanish. Information about accommodations is contained in the flyer.

ENGAGE WITH NEW ENGLAND ENERGY – AGENDA

Introduction – 10 minutes

Overview of the New England Energy Vision Statement – 30 minutes

  • Wholesale Market Design with Phil Bartlett,Chair of the Maine Public Utilities Commission
  • Transmission Planning with Judy Chang,Massachusetts Undersecretary of Energy
  • Governance Reform with Katie Dykes,Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Discussion – 50 minutes

  • Participants’ opportunity to ask questions and to comment on how New England’s energy system impacts equity and environmental justice.

Review the New England States’ Vision for a Clean, Affordable, and Reliable 21st Century Regional Electric Grid  

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Online
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» ESTINSCRÍBASE AQUÍ GRATUITAMENTE    

TUESDAY — MARCH 23, 2021 — ONLINE
jobs and climate justice
The Power of Labor in the Climate Movement!

Announcing a NEW CRCJ Webinar Series: What’s Jobs Got to do with Climate Justice? Join us for the first in a series of conversations about how we can all work together towards a #JustTransition.

The first conversation titled “The Power of Labor in the Climate Movement” will feature a panel of labor leaders including: 

  • Lara Skinner, Executive Director at Climate Jobs National Resource Center
  • Lenore Friedlaender, Vice President at SEIU 32BJ
  • Yolanda Rivera, Program Director at the Hartford Jobs Funnel
  • Joe Toner, Business Manager of the Iron Workers Local 15.

Free public event. Hosted by CT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs

12 PM – 1 PM ET
Online
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TUESDAY — MARCH 23, 2021 — ONLINE
Stop Peabody Power Plant Actionar!
Join MCAN, BEAT, 350 Massachusetts, Community Action Works, Mass Sierra Club, and SAFE to learn about the impacts of a proposed peaker power plant in Peabody, MA and what you can do to stand up for our health, our communities and our climate!
 
Free public event. Hosted by MCAN, BEAT, and others!
 
 
WEDNESDAY — MARCH 24, 2021 — ONLINE
search for resilience
Search for Resilience: Texas Blackouts, Policy Fallout, and How Advanced Energy Can Help

The blackouts resulting from the record freeze in Texas are driving regulators and lawmakers in Texas and around the country to search for answers: How can we keep the lights on when severe weather strikes?

In this webinar, we’ll look at the policy fallout – investigations, shakeups, proposals for fixes good and bad – from this latest example of grid vulnerability and explore all the ways that advanced energy technologies can make households, community institutions, and the grid itself more resilient in the face of threats ranging from hurricanes to wildfires to blasts of winter cold.

Free public event.  Hosted by Advanced Energy Economy

2 PM ET
Online
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WEDNESDAY — MARCH 24, 2021 — ONLINE
green living spring 21
— How Emissions Information Can Help Prompt Travelers to Purchase Greener Flights

MCLA’s Green Living Seminar Series Spring 2021: Individual Actions and Environmental Sustainability

Speaker: Dr. Angela Sanguinetti, University of California, Davis, Research Environmental Psychologist

Every semester the Green Living Seminars center around a different topic, timely and relevant in current sustainability issues.

Presentations will be broadcast on Northern Berkshire Community Television Channel (NBCTC) 1302 at the following times: Wednesdays at 7:30pm; Fridays at 4pm; Saturdays at 3:30pm; Sundays at 11:30am; Mondays at 5:30pm.

Free public event. Presented by the Environmental Studies Department and the MCLA Berkshire Environmental Resource Center (BERC).

5:30 PM EST
Online
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» Register here 

WEDNESDAY — MARCH 31, 2021 — ONLINE
green living spring 21
— Promoting Recycling Behaviors in Massachusetts

MCLA’s Green Living Seminar Series Spring 2021: Individual Actions and Environmental Sustainability

Speaker: Dr. Jason Seacat, Western New England University, Professor of Psychology

Every semester the Green Living Seminars center around a different topic, timely and relevant in current sustainability issues.

Presentations will be broadcast on Northern Berkshire Community Television Channel (NBCTC) 1302 at the following times: Wednesdays at 7:30pm; Fridays at 4pm; Saturdays at 3:30pm; Sundays at 11:30am; Mondays at 5:30pm.

Free public event. Presented by the Environmental Studies Department and the MCLA Berkshire Environmental Resource Center (BERC).

5:30 PM EST
Online
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» Register here 

WEDNESDAY — APRIL 7, 2021 — ONLINE
green living spring 21
— Factors that Influence Household Adoption of Energy Efficient Appliances

MCLA’s Green Living Seminar Series Spring 2021: Individual Actions and Environmental Sustainability

Speaker: Dr. Chien-fei Chen, University of Tennessee, Director of Education and Diversity & Research Associate Professor

Every semester the Green Living Seminars center around a different topic, timely and relevant in current sustainability issues.

Presentations will be broadcast on Northern Berkshire Community Television Channel (NBCTC) 1302 at the following times: Wednesdays at 7:30pm; Fridays at 4pm; Saturdays at 3:30pm; Sundays at 11:30am; Mondays at 5:30pm.

Free public event. Presented by the Environmental Studies Department and the MCLA Berkshire Environmental Resource Center (BERC).

5:30 PM EST
Online
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» Register here 

SATURDAY — APRIL 10, 2021 — ONLINE
FERC to FREC
FERC Into FREC Summit: The Grid and the Green New Deal

Since Richard Glick was appointed chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) there have been serious moves made to address FERC’s role as a rubber stamping agency for the fossil fuel industry. At this moment, those within FERC are seeking counsel as to what must change. At the same time, Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) has seen growing interest from members of Congress in dismantling FERC and replacing it with the Federal Renewable Energy Commission as part of the Green New Deal.

Forces from below, from above, and from within are looking at what a new kind of energy regulatory agency would look like. An agency rooted in the issues of the 21st Century, environmental justice, and given a climate mandate to transition to renewable energy. At this critical juncture we are inviting frontline organizers, activist groups, and legislators to the FERC Into FREC Summit! The Summit will be held on Zoom on April 10th from 1-5 PM EDT.

The goal of this summit is to deepen our vision for how a Federal Renewable Energy Commission would function. We have many critiques of FERC, and many dreams of a green future. But what are the policies and mechanisms that make it a reality? How do we decarbonize and sunset fossil fuels? How do we create new forms of community control and democratic involvement?

To get us there we will examine BXE’s current visions of FREC, proposals from Congress, and what frontline groups envision. We will split into breakout groups to tackle issue by issue the workings of a new Federal Renewable Energy Commission.

To have the most in depth conversations possible- we ask that attendees familiarize themselves with BXE’s Legislative Case for a Federal Renewable Energy Commission.

Free public event. Hosted by Beyond Extreme Energy #BXE

1 PM – 5 PM EDT
Online
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TUESDAY — APRIL 13, 2021 — ONLINE
affordable housing BSA
— Affordable Housing as a Climate Solution / Financing Net Zero

The Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) and the Boston Society for Architecture (BSA) are hosting a four-part series that informs, inspires, and connects clean energy advocates with design professionals and affordable housing advocates to center affordable housing and housing stability in the climate movement.  

In this third panel, we will explore how government, designers and developers work together to make net zero work for a variety of building types, including affordable housing and commercial buildings. Join us for a Lunch and Learn discussion to hear about innovative approaches to and new tools for net zero buildings.  

With Gov. Baker signing the climate bill into law, learning more about financing strategies for making buildings operate to net zero standards is essential. Please join us! 

Brenda Pike, Climate Advisor for the City of Boston’s Environment Department will discuss how they are using state and city funds to help make it possible for property owners to make energy upgrades. Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) for commercial buildings is a new mechanism to finance energy improvements on existing commercial and industrial properties in Massachusetts. And the new Boston tax-exempt lease program (TELP) is enabling non-profits to install energy saving measures with no up-front costs. 

Travis Anderson, the Director of Innovative Design at PlaceTailor will talk about his on-the-ground experience with designing and building affordable and sustainable housing. He was the lead consultant for Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development as they developed net zero standards for affordable housing and built the City’s first multi-family passive house project. Travis will share how he puts all the pieces together to make it work.

Free public event. Hosted by MCAN and BSA.

12-1pm EST
Online
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TUESDAY — APRIL 13, 2021 — ONLINE
climate emergency declaration
Climate Emergency Declarations Webinar
Come join MCAN in learning about Climate Emergency Declarations and how you can pass one in your town! Representatives from Acton and the Cape Cod Emergency Declaration Initiative will talk about the experience of passing Climate Emergency Declarations, why these declarations are useful tools for towns and what next steps to take. Hope to see you there!

Free public event. Hosted by MCAN and the Cape Cod Emergency Declaration Initiative

5pm – 6pm EDT
Online
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WEDNESDAY — APRIL 14, 2021 — ONLINE
green living spring 21
— Individual Behavior and Global Environmental Problems

MCLA’s Green Living Seminar Series Spring 2021: Individual Actions and Environmental Sustainability

Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth R. DeSombre; Wellesley College, Camilla Chandler Frost Professor of Environmental Studies

Every semester the Green Living Seminars center around a different topic, timely and relevant in current sustainability issues.

Presentations will be broadcast on Northern Berkshire Community Television Channel (NBCTC) 1302 at the following times: Wednesdays at 7:30pm; Fridays at 4pm; Saturdays at 3:30pm; Sundays at 11:30am; Mondays at 5:30pm.

Free public event. Presented by the Environmental Studies Department and the MCLA Berkshire Environmental Resource Center (BERC).

5:30 PM EST
Online
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» Register here 

THURSDAY — APRIL 15, 2021 — ONLINE

 

Standing up to Drax webinar: protecting forests from Drax’s tree burning
Did you know that UK power stations burn wood sourced from biodiverse forests around the world to generate electricity…. and call it renewable energy?

Drax Power Station is the world’s biggest tree burner, and currently receives over £2 million every single day in renewable energy subsidies to burn millions of tonnes of wood pellets – amounting to more wood than the UK can produce annually. Much of this wood comes from clear-felled forests in Canada, Estonia, Latvia and the Southern USA, which are home to rare and endangered species and which protect local communities from flooding and extreme weather.

To find out more about these amazing forests and how we can help protect forests, wildlife, communities and the climate from Drax’s tree burning, please join Biofuelwatch and special guest speakers from Estonia,the Southern US and Canada for our “Standing Up to Drax” event.

We’ll learn more about the impacts of Drax’s wood burning on forests and communities around the world, and discuss how we can all take action to stand up to Drax through the Cut Carbon Not Forests campaign.

We’ll also hear about plans for an exciting online Drax AGM protest on the 21st of April.

Everyone is welcome!

Free public event. Sponsored by Biofuelwatch, Stand.earth and 9 others.

2 – 3:30 PM EDT
Online
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