PRESS RELEASES

Senate Passes Major Climate Bill

April 14, 2021   Press Release

(BOSTON – 04/14/2022) Amid alarming reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Massachusetts Senate on Thursday passed a major bill, S.2819, An Act Driving Climate Policy Forward, or the Drive Act. The bill addresses climate change in three primary areas—clean energy, transportation, and buildings—with the aim of achieving the Commonwealth’s ambitious goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, which the Legislature codified into law in 2021.

Issues: Climate Justice, Utilities

Letter to MassCEC on Clean Energy Worker Shortages

February 28, 2021   Letter

(BOSTON–2/28/2022) Dear CEO Daloisio and Secretaries Theoharides, Kenneally, and Acosta: As you're acutely aware, climate change is bearing down on us. The good news in Massachusetts is that all kinds of people are stepping up to respond. Thank you for your own exceptional efforts.

Issues: Climate Justice, Employment

Letter to DOER Commissioner Patrick Woodcock Re: "Building Energy Code Straw Proposal: Updated Stretch Code and Specialized Opt-in Code"

February 28, 2021   Letter

(BOSTON–2/28/2022) Dear Commissioner Woodcock, As you know, the 2021 Climate Act directs the Executive branch to promulgate a municipal option specialized stretch energy code for newly constructed buildings that includes (to quote from the statute) "net-zero building performance standards and a definition of net-zero building."...

Issues: Climate Justice

Majority Leader Creem Files Bills to Hasten the Commonwealth's Transition to Zero-Emission Vehicles

January 12, 2021   Press Release

(BOSTON–1/12/2022) Today Massachusetts Senate Majority Leader Cynthia Creem, chair of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, filed five bills that will hasten the Commonwealth’s transition to zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), while also ensuring that the transition happens in an equitable and environmentally just manner.

Issues: Climate Justice, Public Health, etc.

Legislature Passes American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA),  
FY21 Surplus Spending Bill 

December 3, 2021   Press Release

(BOSTON–12/03/2021) Today, the Massachusetts Legislature advanced a $4 billion bill to the governor’s desk that directs federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) surplus funding to assist the Commonwealth’s ongoing economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Issues: COVID, Climate Justice, Health, etc.