Our Local Campaigns
Newton has many hundreds of unrepaired gas leaks from old pipelines under our streets. Gas can cause explosions, pollutes our air, and kills our trees. Plus, the utilities charge ratepayers for the lost gas. For the past 5 years the Newton chapter of Mothers Out Front has been raising awareness of gas hazards and waste through the Gas Leak Gazette and our Annual Gas Leak Tagging events. We advocate for National Grid to be more accountable and transparent and we promote state and local policies to fix gas pipeline leaks.
The City of Newton created the Newton Climate Action Plan to help our community curb greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. We help support this plan by promoting Newton Power Choice, our community electricity aggregation program to reduce Newton’s greenhouse gas emissions. The standard option calls for 80% of our electricity to come from New England renewable energy sources but we can do better. We encourage Newton residents to Opt Up to 100%.
Another way we support the Newton Climate Action Plan is with our “Use Less, Green the Rest” presentation that teaches homeowners how to conserve energy. Visit Newtonenergycoach.org to find ways to take action – whether it is opting up to 100% renewable electricity, test driving an electric car, installing heat pumps or getting a Mass Save energy audit.
Healthy soil in our yards, gardens, and parks absorb carbon, storing it underground instead of releasing it into the atmosphere. Mothers Out Front Newton is sharing information about healthy soil and native pollinator plants at Newton Farmers’ Markets this summer. Find us at the Green Newton table! You can help by taking the Natural Lawn Pledge, and check out the Newton Pollinator Toolkit.