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.

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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.

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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.  

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

Invitation to a Webinar with Dr. Adele Morris: An Economist’s Perspective on Carbon Pricing Tuesday, May 23, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT

As the evidence of accelerated climate change and its impact on society mounts, there is an increasing sense of urgency to find solutions. Join a webinar hosted by the LWVUS Price on Carbon Steering Committee and PriceonCarbon.org to learn more about pricing carbon and why scientists, economists and world leaders view pricing carbon as an essential strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 

RSVP to join us on Tuesday, May 23, 2:00-3:00 pm EDT, for an insightful and informative presentation by internationally renowned economist Dr. Adele Morris, Senior Fellow and Policy Director for Climate and Energy Economics Project at the Brookings Institution     

Registration for the webinar is limited to 100 people, so sign up early.

If you get a notice that the webinar is full email Eleanor Revelle, (er@revelle.net) to be put on a waiting list.

If you register but cannot participate after all email Eleanor Revelle (er@revelle.net) so someone else can take your place. Thanks!

A recording of our first webinar featuring science historian, geologist and author Dr. Naomi Oreskes is available on the Price on Carbon website here.

The Case for Carbon Pricing Webinar Now Available!

Registration for the webinar featuring renowned historian of climate science, Dr. Naomi Oreskes, filled quickly. Dr. Oreskes makes the case for why “Carbon pricing is the simplest and fairest way to reduce emissions.”

Although there is very little chance of a federal price on carbon right now, several states and regions already have or are moving toward a price on carbon. Results show that the economy can even be stimulated by carbon pricing, giving competitive advantage by advancing more quickly in the renewable and energy efficiencies sectors.

 Giving a background in the economics, Dr. Oreskes explained that the external costs caused by climate change (hurricanes, drought, agricultural disruption, sea level rise) are not reflected in the price of fossil fuels. But someone does pay that price. Economists recognize that external costs are a form of market failure. The most straightforward way to rectify the market failure is to put a price on carbon emissions.

Conservatives don’t like to admit market failure, but perhaps more importantly don’t want to see government intervention to rectify the failure. However, Judge Richard A. Posner, a well-known conservative thinker said, “Behavior that generates large external costs provides an apt occasion for government regulation.”

We are seeing a bit of political opening.  Republicans are recognizing that there is a need to remedy the market failure, and that the easiest way is carbon pricing.

In a final statement, Dr. Oreskes said that in addition to reducing emissions, “Carbon pricing maximizes industry flexibility and consumer choice.”  See Dr. Oreskes’ slides and handouts provided in the session: Carbon Pricing Methods, Carbon Pricing in North America, and Carbon Pricing Resources. You will find the webinar here. Dr. Oreskes presentation begins at 5:47 minutes.

Connecting the Dots: Environmental Advocacy and Campaign Finance Reform

Presentation by Launa Zimmaro, LWVMA Board Member, at the Quad States Conference on May 3, 2014.

Connecting the Dots: Environmental Advocacy and Campaign Finance Reform