Archive of posts filed under the Legislation category.

House Members Support Solar

Thank you, Denise! Green Needham is pleased to see that Representative Denise Garlick was among those House members who signed a crucial letter in support of the Massachusetts solar industry. Initiated by Representatives Cory Atkins and James O’Day, the letter was signed by 101 representatives — nearly 2/3 of the House members. The strong statement …read more

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Houses of Worship Take Climate Action

Faith communities in Massachusetts are intensifying their efforts to respond to the climate crisis. Locally, members of First Parish in Needham Unitarian Universalist voted on November 8, with a resounding and unanimous “yes,” to endorse an initiative responding to climate change. The decision to endorse the Unitarian Universalist “Commit2Respond” initiative is a pledge to work …read more

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Nine from Needham Make Their Voices Heard at the State House

Last month, a small group from Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley answered Pope Francis’ call to respond to climate change, and the MA Interfaith Coalition for Climate Action was born. They began to reach out to other houses of worship, and planned a gathering for October 12th at their temple.  Amazingly, more than 60 religious and spiritual …read more

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ACTION DAY at the State House Tuesday, Nov. 10

Our legislators are making key decisions about the energy future of our state: more fossil fuel infrastructure or more renewable energy?  A big rally is planned for 10 am on Tuesday, November 10 at the State House, followed by meetings with our legislators from 11 am to 1 pm.  It is important that our legislators …read more

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Please Support Sen. Barrett’s Carbon Pricing Bill on Oct 27th

A hearing by the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities & Energy has been set for Sen. Mike Barrett’s (D-Lexington) carbon pricing bill, S. 1747, An Act combating climate change: Date:  Tuesday, October 27th at 1:00 pm Location: State House, Hearing Room B-1 WE NEED A VERY IMPRESSIVE TURNOUT.  Sen. Barrett’s bill has been gaining huge momentum.  We’re up to 44 …read more

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An Act Combating Climate Change – a Massachusetts Senate Bill to watch and support

Is it possible, with the stroke of a lawmaker’s pen, to cause a significant drop in carbon emissions in Massachusetts, with minimal or even positive effects on the state economy? This is exactly what backers of a revenue-neutral carbon fee say will happen. In January, 2015, Senator Mike Barrett filed a bill (SD 285) entitled: …read more

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Gubenatorial Candidates’ Stances on the Environment

UPDATE 10-27-2014:  the Globe just published a nice color-coded chart with the 5 candidates’ views on environmental and other issues. Check it out here. A few weeks ago, when Green Needham went to compile the gubernatorial candidates’ current environmental positions, we ran into some roadblocks. Namely, many of them posted little or nothing regarding their …read more

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Support the Updated Bottle Bill Ballot Initiative – Vote “Yes” on Question #2 in November!

Did you know that on November 4th you will be asked to vote on the Updated Bottle Bill? What is The Bottle Bill: The Bottle Bill is the nickel deposit on beverage containers. It has been in effect since 1982, and has become a model for other states and countries around the world to help …read more

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Turning Food Waste Into Energy – an Exciting New State Initiative

Organic matter makes up one-quarter of our waste; it is currently being landfilled or incinerated.  Here’s a new alternative for this waste: anaerobic digestion.  Anaerobic digestion is a technology that produces biogas from organic matter, which can then be used to generate electricity. New state regulations, which take effect next July, ban hospitals, universities, hotels, …read more

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Congressional candidates Bielat and Kennedy answer questions on energy and the environment

This November 6th, Needham voters, along with the rest of the 4th Massachusetts Congressional District, will be choosing a new Representative in Congress. We think it’s important to understand the thinking, views and positions of the candidates on issues of climate, energy and the environment. So we put together some questions and asked them. We …read more

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