"Almost a year ago, a group of Bedford citizens concerned about climate change started looking into what it would take for Bedford to become a Net Zero community. A Net Zero community offsets its annual greenhouse gas emissions with carbon-free energy production. We felt that this would be a concrete and meaningful way for Bedford to combat climate change. We were inspired by Cambridge, Somerville, Boston, Lexington, and Concord, communities that are currently implementing or developing Net Zero plans for themselves."
Listen to the interview with:
- Neely Kelley, New York State senior organizer for Mothers Out Front
- Abby McHugh-Grifa, leadership team co-coordinator for the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition
- Sandra Steingraber, distinguished scholar in residence, Department of Environmental Studies, Ithaca College
- Zack Dufresne, director of communications and membership for the Alliance for Clean Energy New York
Arlington Mothers Out Front and the town of Arlington are being recognized by our partner, Mass Energy, for their work to “promote and pioneer green municipal aggregation” in Arlington. Congratulations to Arlington Mothers Out Front and with gratitude to the town of Arlington and Mass Energy Consumers Alliance!
"Ultimately, organizers want to advance the discussion around what sort of actions will be required to move the state off of fossil fuels, [Sue] Hughes-Smith says. Some of the efforts will be legislative; others will be technical, such as identifying realistic targets for wind or solar power development, she says.
'There is a solution,' says Hughes-Smith. 'We can do this.'"
Mother Out Front Renu Bostwick of Bedford is working with her team to push their town toward Net Zero Planning. Read her article for The Bedford Citizen.
A terrific recap of the Gas Leaks campaign in Boston that launched in December 2016. Click the link below to find out how all the work by HEET and local Mothers Out Front teams has paid off.
Moms take the mic and raise the stakes at the RTO public forum:
"The forum’s 150 attendees were mostly industry stakeholders, regulators and RTO officials. But there was also a three-woman contingent from Mothers Out Front, a climate change activist group, who pressed RTO planners on the region’s continued reliance on fossil-fueled generation. Carol Chamberlain, of Arlington, Mass., raised concerns about methane leaks in the natural gas supply chain. Randi Soltysiak, of Somerville, Mass., criticized the RTO’s plan for not shifting more heavily to carbon-free sources."
In Massachusetts, "the Gas Leaks Allies — a coalition of 21 environmental groups, researchers, legal and policy experts, health professionals, labor unions, community organizations, and MOTHERS — are ready to help..." the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) "find manageable ways to measure and monitor methane emissions so we can establish dramatic but achievable goals." #TogetherWeCanDoThis
"Mothers with kids turned out in Waltham, MA to say 'thank you' to those from National Grid who partnered with Mothers Out Front in a first-of-its-kind pilot study aimed at fixing the larger gas leaks from underground pipes in the most effective ways possible."
"Audrey Schulman, president of Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET), said a recent study by Harvard and Boston universities showed about 2.7 percent of the gas that was supposed to reach consumers in Massachusetts escaped into the atmosphere through leaks. Schulman said the impact of that much methane, which she called “a greenhouse gas on steroids,” is equivalent to the emissions from all of the state’s stores and businesses.
Schulman said another study showed the majority of the emissions came from a small percentage of the gas leaks. HEET has been working with the utility companies and another group, Mothers Out Front, in hopes of finding these particularly bad leaks."
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