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From the Sierra Club:
Clean energy and environmental justice are on the move! Please email and call your state senator TODAY. – There is a major vote tomorrowThursday.  (There is new information in this notice concerning the amendments.  If you have already called, calling again is not a problem.)  To find your state senator’s phone number, go to https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator

The Senate will vote on S.2545, An Act to Promote a Clean Energy Future, and on a variety of amendments. This is a bold clean energy bill with strong provisions for the Renewable Portfolio Standard and offshore wind. However, it can be made even better if several amendments are voted as well. S.2545 is missingsolar access for all, reforms to push back against pipeline expansion, community empowerment, and a comprehensive plan to combat climate change.

Please call your Senator and Chairwoman Karen Spilka, Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov, 617-722-1640. Urge them to support the bill and the following amendments:

  • Amendments 6 and 60 will push back on pipeline expansion

  • Amendment 22 will empower communities and give new tools to promote renewable energy

  • Amendments 41, 42 and 43 (by Senator Chang Diaz) will ensure all communities can access solar energy.

  • Amendment 44 will create a detailed plan for achieving our 80% global warming pollution reductions by 2050.

If you can’t call, please send your senator an email.  You can use the text below.

SAMPLE SCRIPT/MESSAGE:

Thank you for your dedication to clean energy and our environment. I support S.2545, An Act to Promote a Clean Energy Future which is strong on the environment and climate.

Today, I am also asking you to support several amendments to the bill:

  • Amendments 6 and 60 will push back on pipeline expansion. We must ensure Massachusetts does not burden ratepayers or our environment with costly investments in polluting gas pipelines.

  • Amendment 22 will empower communities and give new tools to promote renewable energy

  • Amendments 41, 42 and 43 will ensure all communities can access solar energy. I am calling to urge you to fight for equity and justice in our environmental policies.

  • Amendment 44 will create a detailed plan for achieving our 80% global warming pollution reductions by 2050.

Thank you for your support of our environment. Please support S.2545 and these amendments.

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The draft of Wellesley Municipal Light Plant’s Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Study Phase I: Near-term measures for 2018 to 2030 has been issued. Please make time this month to read it and share your written feedback to Richard F. Joyce, Director, Wellesley Municipal Light Plant here at djoyce@wellesleyma.gov.

You may simply comment on the report itself and send to them directly if that is easier for you. All input will be shared with the Analysis Group for their consideration when preparing the final report so please share your thoughts before June 1st.

In addition, a public forum will most likely be held in September at Town Hall. Be part of the conversation on how Wellesley decides what the future holds and actions going forward by reviewing the document and sharing your thoughts.

Phyllis Theermann

As you know, the Town of Wellesley is currently preparing the Unified Plan, planning for our future. A draft is now available and they are looking for public input.

Please take a look at the draft here, or read parts of it including the Sustainability Resilience, and Green Practices, the Mobility and Circulation (especially you bikers!), Public Health and Wellness, Natural Resources and Conservation chapters.

Consider reviewing it, mindful of some of these general themes:

-Climate resilience and mitigation
-Renewable energy
-GHG emission reduction and energy efficiency
-Walkability
-Pesticide reduction
-Native plants and trees
-Tree and open space protection
-Waste and litter reduction

They are looking for YOUR feedback to the plan. Please share it here.

Remember, the goal is to identify the visions and priorities of Wellesley residents and set goals and priorities for issues ranging from land use planning, economic development, housing, transportation, and education, to Town government operations and finance.

Creating a livable, innovative and fiscally-sound Wellesley in the future, is something we can all agree on.