Phyllis Theermann

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With really important energy legislation coming in the next legislative session, some of you may be interested in a FREE legislative training from 350 Mass.

When: Saturday, December 15th from 9:30-4:00

Where: First Parish in Framingham (24 Vernon St, Framingham, MA 01701)

Please fill out this RSVP form here.

This is a great opportunity to learn some of the latest lobbying skills using the newest advocacy curriculum.

Not only will you learn, you will practice, and connect to the 350 Mass community.

If you are thinking of getting involved in legislative work, this is the perfect place to hop on board.

Breakfast and a basic lunch will be served, but they encourage attendees to bring their own meals to supplement what is provided. Additionally, folks are more than welcome to bring their own dishes for people to share, potluck style!

Phyllis Theermann

This Monday, Governor Charlie Baker and Democratic candidate Jay Gonzalez are invited to share their visions for climate leadership in Massachusetts at a special non-partisan event in Jamaica Plain.

Opportunities for this type of civic engagement are rare so RSVP by clicking here and mark your calendars for THIS Monday, October 1st, at 7 pm, at the First Church in JP (6 Eliot St., Jamaica Plain), hosted by the Jamaica Plain Forum.

Come hear what the candidates have to say about our state’s crucial environmental issues, the importance of renewable energy legislation, and their ideas on mitigating climate change. (Please Note: As we write this, Jay Gonzalez has confirmed his participation. Charlie Baker has not yet responded.)

Sustainable Wellesley has joined 350 Mass and Mass Sierra Club as a co-sponsor of this event as part of our commitment to  helping voters focus on environmental issues when making decisions about which candidates to support. We encourage you to make your voice heard and learn more  before you cast your votes on November 6th.

Register for the event on Eventbrite by clicking here.

Share the  Facebook event here.

Last week, Lise Olney and Raina McManus represented Sustainable Wellesley at a State House rally with more than 300 advocates who combined forces to advocate for clean energy and fair treatment for immigrants. The rally called for ambitious legislation on renewable energy and for provisions to safeguard immigrants in Massachusetts.

In recent weeks, the House and Senate have passed very different energy-related bills and a House and Senate conference committee is now working to come up with a compromise before the clock runs out on July 31.

We can still make a difference by calling Wellesley’s State Rep. Alice Peisch to thank her for her support for raising the increase in the Renewable Portfolio Standard to 3% per year, and to ask her to urge her colleagues on the conference committee to include this critical provision in the bill along with an equitable solar policy. To call Rep. Peisch’s office, dial 617-722-2070. A suggested script from 350 Mass is available here.

The Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) is the state requirement that specifies the percentage of electricity that utility companies must obtain from qualified renewable energy sources. Currently, the RPS is at 13% and increases at only 1% each year. The Massachusetts Senate voted unanimously and on a bipartisan basis to raise the annual RPS increase to 3% per year, while the House voted to raise the annual increase to only 2% starting in 2019, and then to reduce it back to 1% in 2029. This is simply not enough to achieve our state-wide goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Click here for more on this from Mass Sierra Club’s Emily Norton.)

Please make your call today!