The Car of the Future is Electric

Monday Action for the week of 3/13/17:

In a forgotten corner of the Massachusetts state bureaucracy, the Board of Building Regulations and Standards is deciding regulations that could speed or slow our progress toward a clean energy future for the coming generations.

All that’s needed is for the Board to require a few parking spaces at new buildings to be wired for electric vehicles. So far they’ve chosen not to. So this week, we’re calling State Senators and urging them to sign on to support the infrastructure we need for electric vehicles to become the norm.

The text below is a guide for your call or ideas for writing in a postcard. Or, if you’re just starting to flex your civic muscles or just having that kind of week, you can cut and paste, with some personalizing, from the text below. Contact information below.


Dear Senator Rosenberg,

I am urgently concerned about climate change. I’m a mom [dad, grandma, uncle, friend, or whatever you are] of children who [tell him about those amazing kids]. I want to give all children a livable future that is powered by 100% renewable energy.

Right now the Board of Building Regulations and Standards could help grow the electric vehicle industry or create roadblocks like other states.

Please sign the letter Rep. Jonathan Hecht has written in support of electric vehicle infrastructure in the updated building regulations.

Senator, we’re counting on you to be bold in fighting climate change and promoting clean transportation for the health and safety of all our children.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME

YOUR ADDRESS

With Mothers Out Front


Contact: 

Senator Stan Rosenberg

Call: (617) 722-1500

Email: Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov

Write a letter:

Massachusetts State House

24 Beacon Street, Room 332

Boston, MA  02133

Not your State Senator? Find yours here.


You did it!

Thanks for being the change you want to see.

See you next Monday!


Want info on how to afford an electric car? MassEnergy has struck a deal for discounts on EVs that might interest you. They’re a nonprofit that provides green electricity to homes and communities, too. See events below to learn more about their Community Choice Aggregation.


If you would like to take a bus from Northampton to DC for the Climate March April 29th, let CAN know ASAP so they can reserve the number of buses needed: gotoclimatemarch.org


In Person Events:

  • TONIGHT! Monday, 3/13, 7:00pm, Climate Action Now (CAN) Legislative Committee meeting, Unitarian Society of Amherst, 121 N. Pleasant St. Reports from local 100% Renewable campaigns during part of the meeting.

  • Wednesday, 3/15, 7:00pm, 100% Renewable Amherst Meeting on Commercial Buildings, location tbd, if the snow has subsided. Contact Jennifer at jratlee@gmail.com.

  • POSTPONED: Tour of Hitchcock Center’s Living Building, is not taking place 3/18. We’re rescheduling for 4/15, 11:00am-1:00pm.

  • Sunday, 3/19, 4:30-6:00pm, Northampton MOF Weekly Meeting, at the Smith College Student Center. Join us every Sunday, same time, same place! Contact Paula at paula.homestaysusa@gmail.com

  • Saturday, 3/19, 7:00pm-8:30pm, 100% Renewable Amherst Meeting about Town Buildings. Contact Andra at amherstamr@gmail.com.

  • Saturday-Sunday, 3/18-19, Citizens’ Climate Lobby – Northeast Regional Conference, at UMass. Learn about carbon pricing, how to talk about climate with peers, at hearings, when lobbying. For info click here.

  • Monday, 3/20, 6pm-8pm, Amherst Mothers Out Front Monthly Meeting, Celebrate our 3 Year Anniversary! RSVP Madeleine at greenzinnia@hotmail.com

  • Wednesday, 3/22, 12:00pm, MassEnergy presentation on Community Choice Aggregation, Town Hall.

  • Wednesday, 3/22, 7:00pm, 100% Renewable Amherst General Meeting, location tbd. Contact Andra at amherstamr@gmail.com.

  • Sunday, 3/26, 2:00-4:15pm, Amherst MOF House Party. Join with other concerned people at this introduction to Mothers Out Front. RSVP ellentmiddleton@gmail.com.

  • Sunday, 3/26, Paul Fenn of Local Power presents Community Choice Aggregation 2.0, at Pelham Community Hall at 2:00pm, and in Amherst at 7:00pm, location tbd.

  • Monday, 3/27, 7pm-9pm, Climate Action Now Meeting, with short presentation by Paul Fenn, of Local Power, and break out session for 100% Renewable campaigns in the Legislative Committee, at Unitarian Society of Amherst 121 N. Pleasant St.

  • Monday, 3/27, 7pm, JCA/MOF Climate Team Meeting, location tbd, contact Barbara at bpgoldstein52@gmail.com.

  • Wednesday, 3/29, 6:30pm-8:30pm, What Kind of Community Choice Aggregation do We Want? Conversation with Larry Chretien of MassEnergy and Paul Fenn of Local Power, location tbd. For info contact Darcy at dumint140@gmail.com


Keep up with other actions for resisting and protecting our communities and climate by following 413 Staying Connected for Action.


Thank you for doing Monday Actions.

See and follow all actions to date on the Monday Action BLOG

Onward!

Your Monday Action Team, Mothers Out Front Pioneer Valley

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