Climate and Energy Solutions Series Moves to Cape Cod November 4


Almost 100 people came to hear Dr. Ellen Douglas’ frank discussion of sea level rise and climate change, a topic of particular interest to coastal communities such as Falmouth. Two Cape-based speakers, Stephanie Madsen and Max Holmes, joined her in a panel discussion to provide the local perspective.

This event is the last of five forums of LWVMA’s Climate and Energy Solutions Series.

Click here for an event flyer.

Click here for the slide presentation.

The event was co-hosted by the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Falmouth and LWV of Massachusetts.

For a list of partnering organizations for the Climate and Energy Solutions Series click here.

 

Strong Showing at Day on the Hill

The League showed up on Beacon Hill Tuesday, October 24 to “move the needle” on our legislative priorities—automatic voter registration, carbon pricing/energy, safe communities and immigration, and criminal justice reform, with presentations on those bills from Nancy Brumback, Launa Zimmaro, Karen Price and Colleen Kirby.

Sen. Cynthia Creem and Rep. Patricia Haddad lauded the League for its commitment to voting rights and citizen action.  Creem, who is the sponsor for AVR and a criminal justice reform bill repealing mandatory minimums, urged League members to continue their pressure on the legislature to pass those bills.  Haddad noted the voting reforms, including early voting, that the League was instrumental in passing in the past and noted that AVR is the next step in making it more convenient for people to vote.

LWVMA also saluted Carole Pelchat, legislative director, who was at her final Day on the Hill before she moves to North Carolina.

Handouts

Great Time at the League Leaders’ Lunch

This fall’s League Leaders’ Lunch in Worcester offered more than fifty leaders from around the state an opportunity to learn, network, and share.  The day’s agenda included an update on what’s been happening at LWVMA and LWVUS, a presentation on League advocacy (how it works and what you can do), and a panel discussion with League leaders from three of our new units in Franklin County, Central Berkshire County and Greater Lowell.

“Ordinary women and men doing extraordinary things” summed up the comments from three of our new League units at the League Leaders lunch.  The panel included Marge Michalski, Treasurer, Franklin County unit; Kathie Penna, President, Central Berkshire unit; and Sabrina Heisey, leader of the Greater Lowell unit.  Each shared their impetus for forming a League unit and identified the League’s non-partisanship and focus on issues as two of the most important reasons why they chose the League as a vehicle for their engagement.

The new League units shared their perspectives about how they got started, and why forming a League was the channel for their activism.  Their enthusiasm was infectious; their facile use of communications and social media gave all of us some ideas to energize our own League members.

After lunch, everyone had an opportunity to share in small groups one idea that their League has done to engage new and existing members.  LWVMA staff offered a quick overview of the resources that the website and the office have to offer all our members.

Many thanks to our co-host Worcester League, who made us feel welcome in a great venue in a central location.

Presentations

What’s new at LWVMA and LWVUS – Year of Growth
League Advocacy: How It Works and What You Can Do
Sharing Roundtable Notes
LWVMA Staff: Who We Are, What We Do, and How We Can Help You

Handouts

Local League Basics
LWVMA Information and Links
Tools for Local Leagues
Field Service Regions
The Citizen Lobbyist Handbook
Legislative Envoy Program
2017 LWVMA Advocacy Agenda
Priority Bills
League Supported and Opposed Legislation
Voter Service Committee Update
LWVMA Funding Chart
What Would Alice Paul Do Flyer
Upcoming Events in 2017

Climate and Energy Solutions Series continues with Winchester Forum October 4

The forum addressed the sources and dramatic health impacts of air pollution.  A summary of Dr. Buonocore’s research related to the impact of carbon pricing on health benefits can be found at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health website.

This event was part of LWVMA’s Climate and Energy Solutions Series. It was free and open to the public.

Click here for an event flyer.

Co-hosted by the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Winchester and LWV of Massachusetts, Wright-Locke Farm Conservancy, and Winchester Farmers’ Market Community Hub.

For a list of partnering organizations for the Climate and Energy Solutions Series click here.

Jonathan Buonocore, Sc.D., is the program leader for the Climate, Energy, and Health program at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Jonathan’s research topics range from improving understanding of the health and environmental risks of pipelines, underground gas storage, and other midstream oil and gas infrastructure, to understanding health “co-benefits” of the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan and different energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, to understanding the health implications of fires in Indonesia. Jonathan received his doctoral degree from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Environmental Science and Risk Management in November 2013.

Jonathan also holds a Master of Science in Industrial Hygiene from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Policy from Clarkson University.

Climate and Energy Solutions Series: Greening the Grid October 19

Speakers: Ariel Horowitz, PhD, Synapse and Megan Herzog, Staff Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation, MA.

The electric grid is an essential part of the energy infrastructure that will support increased clean energy sources. In order to successfully transition to clean energy, the grid must be able to handle the increased demand.

The Forum addressed:

  • What is the electric grid and who runs it?
  • Why is the grid important as we transition to clean energy?
  • How can the grid be modernized to support the transition?

A Question and Answer session followed.

This event was part of LWVMA’s Climate and Energy Solutions Series. It was free and open to the public.

Click here for an event flyer.

Presented by The League of Women Voters of Lexington and the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. Co-sponsored by Conservation Law Foundation, MA.

For a list of partnering organizations for the Climate and Energy Solutions Series click here.

Speakers

Ariel Horowitz is an expert in data analysis and energy systems and technologies. At Synapse, she performs technical and policy analyses and performs detailed electric sector modeling. Dr. Horowitz also drafts testimony and reports related to resource planning, grid modernization, and other electric industry issues. She has provided technical assistance and expert commentary to the Puerto Rico Energy Commission on topics including integrated resource planning, revenue requirements, and utility performance issues. Dr. Horowitz has also drafted comments and reports on utility resource plans as well as on policies such as the Clean Power Plan, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, renewable portfolio standards, and others, on behalf of the State of Michigan and a variety of environmental clients.

Before joining Synapse in October 2015, she was involved in modeling the feasibility, cost, and carbon savings associated with significant scale-up of energy storage technologies as a research fellow at the Project Drawdown Coalition. This built on the work she did for her doctoral thesis on the field of energy storage. While pursuing her degree in chemical engineering, Ariel also performed research for the Fletcher School Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, where she analyzed the health and economic impacts of nitrogen pollution.

Dr. Horowitz’s many publications have appeared in Chemical Communications, Angewandte Chemie, Green Chemistry, and the Journal of Materials Chemistry. She holds a PhD in chemical engineering from Tufts University and a BS in engineering from Swarthmore College.

Megan Herzog is a Staff Attorney at Conservation Law Foundation in Massachusetts, where she works in the organization’s Clean Energy & Climate Change and Ocean Conservation programs. She also coordinates CLF’s work to electrify transportation in New England.

Megan joined CLF in 2016 after four years as the Emmett/Frankel Fellow in Environmental Law & Policy at UCLA’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change & the Environment. She worked with the Emmett Institute on advancing climate change policy, promoting urban sustainability, and other environmental law issues. Prior to that, Megan was a Fellow at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, DC.

She has published on a range of environmental law topics, including coastal climate change adaptation, pollution control, and greenhouse gas regulation.  Megan is also a part-time Lecturer in the Tufts University Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.

Megan holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Journal of Law, Science & Policy.  She earned an M.S. in Environment & Resources from Stanford University and a B.A., magna cum laude, from Mount Holyoke College.

Hundreds Attend “Extreme Events and Climate Change” Forum at New England Aquarium

September 14, 2017–A sold-out crowd filled the Aquarium’s Simons IMAX® Theatre for “Extreme Events and Climate Change: What We Know and What We Can Do,” co-hosted by LWVMA and LWV-Boston, the New England Aquarium, and UMass Boston School for the Environment.

Dr. Ellen Douglas of UMass Boston laid out the evidence for the causes of climate change, its impact on sea level rise in Massachusetts, and efforts to overcome the devastating changes in store for the region through mitigation and adaptation.

This event is part of LWVMA’s 2017 Climate and Energy Solutions Series and can be viewed at this link.

The slide presentation may be viewed here.

To see her presentation in person, Dr. Douglas will be speaking at the final forum in the LWVMA Climate and Energy Solutions Series. LWV-Falmouth and LWVMA will co-host “Extreme Events and Climate Change Boston Area and Cape Cod: What We Know and What We Can Do” on November 4 at 1 p.m. at Falmouth Public Library. Speakers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Woods Hole Research Center will provide a local perspective.

Click here for a Falmouth forum flyer.

Carbon pricing gaining advocates and momentum!

Putting a price on carbon is the most effective way to reduce emissions and change consumer behavior.

With increasing pressure to address climate change, and carbon pricing bills from both the Massachusetts Senate and House, there is growing momentum in the legislature to pass a carbon pricing bill this session.

Three webinars from the LWVUS Price on Carbon team highlight the importance and value of pricing carbon.

 

LWV To Host Major Climate Change Forum at New England Aquarium Sept. 14

As the climate changes and global temperatures rise, extreme weather events like Hurricane Harvey are becoming more frequent.  As a coastal state, Massachusetts is increasingly at risk from dangerous storms and a rise in sea level.  Professor Douglas will provide an in-depth look at the climate changes that have already occurred as well as those that scientific models predict for the future.  She will also provide information about plans to address and respond to climate change, delving into these questions:

  • What have we observed from our changing climate?
  • What changes are in our future?
  • What plans are in the works to adapt to these changes?

A Question and Answer session will follow.

Click here for an event flyer.  All concerned citizens are encouraged to attend!

This event is part of the Aquarium’s Lecture Series and of LWVMA’s Climate and Energy Solutions Series. It is free and open to the public. Registration is required through the Aquarium’s website.

Co-hosted by the New England Aquarium’s Lecture Series, the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Boston and LWV of Massachusetts, the UMass Boston School for the Environment.

For a list of partnering organizations for the Climate and Energy Solutions Series click here.

LWVMA 2017 Climate and Energy Solutions Series

The LWVMA Steering Committee for Environmental Action and Advocacy is coordinating the LWVMA Climate and Energy Solutions Series, consisting of five regional forums around the state in collaboration with local Leagues and other organizations. All events are free and open to the public.

May 2, Worcester

May 2 at 5 pm, Worcester

“On the Path to 100% Renewable Energy”

Speakers: David Ismay, Senior Staff Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation, MA and Eugenia Gibbons, Clean Energy Program Director at Mass Energy Consumers Alliance

Watch the forum, posted on YouTube.

  • What would 100% energy look like?
  • What will it take to get there?
  • How and when do we make it happen?

Sept. 14, Boston

September 14 at 7 pm, New England Aquarium’s Simons IMAX® Theatre, Boston

“Extreme events and climate change: What we know and what we can do.”
Speaker: Ellen Douglas, PE, PhD, Associate Professor of Hydrology, School for the Environment, UMass Boston

Watch the presentation on the aquarium’s website.  

Click here for an event flyer.

  • What have we observed from our changing climate?
  • What changes are in our future?
  • What plans are in the works to adapt to these changes?

Click here for a copy of the presentation slides.

October 4, Winchester

October 4 at 7 pm (6:30 refreshments), Winchester Town Hall, 71 Mt Vernon St, Winchester, MA

The Health Benefits of Renewable Energy Choices: A Role for Carbon Pricing

Speaker: Jonathan Buonocore, ScD, Program Leader, Climate, Energy, and Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Click here for an event flyer.

  • What are the sources and health impacts of air pollution?
  • What is carbon pricing and how would it positively affect our health in Massachusetts?

Click here for a copy of the presentation slides.

October 19, Lexington

October 19 at 7 pm, Cary Memorial Library, 1874 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA

Greening the Grid: Preparing for Our Clean Energy Future“

Speakers: Ariel Horowitz, PhD, Synapse and Megan Herzog, Staff Attorney, Conservation Law Foundation, MA 

Watch the presentation on the LexMedia website.

Click here for an event flyer.

  • What is the electric grid and who runs it?
  • Why is the grid important as we transition to clean energy?
  • How can the grid be modernized to support the transition?

Click here for a copy of presentation slides.

November 4, Falmouth

November 4 at 1 pm, Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main St, Falmouth, MA

“Extreme Events and Climate Change Boston Area and Cape Cod: What We Know and What We Can Do”

Speakers: Ellen Douglas, PE, PhD, Associate Professor of Hydrology, School for the Environment, UMass Boston

With local perspective from:
Stephanie Madsen, Sustainability Coordinator, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Dr. Robert Max Holmes, Deputy Director and Senior Scientist Woods Hole Research Center

Click here for an event flyer.

  • What have we observed from our changing climate?
  • What changes are in our future, especially for Cape Cod?
  • What plans are in the works to adapt to these changes?

Click here for a copy of the presentation slides.

For a list of organizations partnering the Climate and Energy Solutions Series, click here.

Support for this series was provided by the New England Grassroots Environment Fund.

Take Action: Support a Clean Energy Future

  • Carbon Pricing Lobby Day June 13
  • Carbon Pricing Bills Hearing June 20
  • Senate Clean Energy Future Tour June 12, 19, 20, 26

Join Us for Carbon Pricing Lobby Day Tuesday, June 13

If we’re going to pass a price on carbon pollution in Massachusetts, we need to show widespread support for these bills to our legislators.

Meet face-to-face with your legislators at Carbon Pricing Lobby Day to tell them that now is the time to act on climate change, and carbon pricing bills H1726 and S1821 are crucial pieces of legislation. The League is a big supporter of Carbon Pricing legislation throughout the country.

Let’s fill the State House halls with carbon pricing supporters!

Click on bill numbers to view fact sheets:

H1729

S1821

The planned schedule is:

  • 9am: Meet at Old West Church (131 Cambridge St., near both the Government Center and MGH T stops) to get organized
  • 10am to noon: Meetings with Senators
  • Noon to 1pm: Lunch
  • 1pm to 3pm: Meetings with Representatives

Sign up for Lobby Day here.

Can’t make it to Lobby Day? Our coalition partner, MA Campaign for a Clean Energy Future, can help set-up a meeting for you to meet with your legislators about carbon pricing on another day, either at the State House or in your home district –  just fill out this form. For more information, contact Launa Zimmaro.

Check out this video on how to talk to your legislators about carbon pricing.

 

 

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Carbon Pricing Hearing—Come Show Your Support

Tuesday, June 20: 1 p.m. Hearing on Carbon Pricing bills.  Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, Room 437, State House.  Proponents and opponents will testify before the Joint Committee. A large turnout will show the Committee there is support for these bills.

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Attend a Senate Clean Energy Future Tour

Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change is holding hearings throughout the state.  Hearings will be June 12, Springfield; June 19, Pittsfield; June 20, Danvers; and June 26, Boston.  See the committee’s website for details for each event.  Launa Zimmaro, LWVMA’s Specialist for environmental legislation, has prepared talking points to help guide your comments.