LWVMA Climate and Energy Solutions Series

The LWVMA Steering Committee for Environmental Action and Advocacy is coordinating the LWVMA Climate and Energy Solutions Series. The series consists of five regional forums around the state, developed in collaboration with local Leagues and other organizations in 2017. In 2018 and 2019, the Series continues with webinars. All events are free and open to the public, and most are available for viewing.

February 6, 2019, It’s Happening. It’s Now: The Climate Reports of 2018

Host: LWVMA

“It’s Happening. It’s Now: The Climate Reports of 2018”

Speaker: Michael Oppenheimer, Princeton University

  • What’s new in these recent reports?
  • What needs to be done to prevent the catastrophic scenarios in the reports?
  • What are our best options for action?
  • How can we summon the political and social will to take the actions necessary?

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May 24, 2018, The Clean Energy Roadmap Webinar

Host: LWVMA

“The Clean Energy Roadmap: Pathways to a Clean Energy Future”

Speaker: David Ismay, Conservation Law Foundation

  • What is the 2050 Clean Energy Roadmap and why does Massachusetts need one?
  • What does Massachusetts need to do to get a roadmap, and how will we use it?
  • How can we take action to support and achieve the goals of the roadmap?

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February 27, 2018, Cooler Smarter Webinar

Host: LWVMA

“Cooler Smarter: A Practical Steps to Low-Carbon Living”

Speaker: John Rogers, Senior Energy Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists

  • How can each of us live Cooler and Smarter?
  • Can our own lifestyle choices really make an impact on climate change?

Watch the Webinar on YouTube

May 2, 2017 100% Renewable Energy Forum

Host: LWV Worcester Area, LWVMA

“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

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

Watch the forum, posted on YouTube.

Sept. 14, 2017, Extreme Events and Climate Change

Host: LWV Boston, LWVMA, New England Aquarium’s Simons IMAX® Theatre, UMass Boston School for the Environment

“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

  • 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?

Watch the forum on the aquarium’s website.

Click here for a copy of the presentation slides.

October 4, 2017, Health Benefits of Renewable Energy Choices

Host: LWV Winchester and LWVMA

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

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

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October 19, 2017, Greening the Grid

Host: LWV Lexington and LWVMA

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

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

  • 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?

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November 4, 2017, Extreme Events and Climate Change

Host: LWV Falmouth and LWVMA

“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

  • 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?

Watch the forum, posted on YouTube.

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.