Join us as our panel discusses how local action makes a difference and how the outer cape can be effective fighting climate change. Question and answer period to follow. The event is free and open to all.
In the Meeting Room
Wellfleet Public Library
55 W. Main St.
Wellfleet, MA 02667
The panel will focus on: State and Legislative Issues, Town and Region-Based Action Steps presented by Carol Oldham, Municipal and State Action Issues by Henrietta Davis, and Solarize Plus Program and Outer Cape Action by David Mead-Fox.
Carol Oldham, Executive Director, Boston
Carol joined MCAN in 2014 after nearly a decade of working on climate for national environmental organizations, including the Sierra Club and the National Wildlife Federation. She has managed regional campaigns, staff, and consultants and has focused on influencing federal climate change policy and increasing our use of clean energy from the pueblos of New Mexico to the towns and cities of New England. With her strong background in grassroots organizing and a history of working with communities to make positive change, she was drawn to MCAN's town-based climate organizing model. Carol holds an MBA in policy and planning from the University of New Mexico and an undergraduate degree from Bennington College.
Henrietta Davis, MCAN Board Member, Cambridge
In over two decades of service to the City of Cambridge, including two years as its Mayor, Henrietta Davis has focused on creating a healthy and livable city, concentrating not only on energy and the environment, but also on pedestrian and bicycling safety, neighborhood preservation, housing, aging in Cambridge, and children's health and education. Davis made collaboration between the city's universities, businesses and the Cambridge community a hallmark of her term as mayor. She is now a member of the Cambridge Net Zero Task Force, a municipal advisory committee developing a long-term plan to reduce carbon emissions, aiming for zero emissions by 2050 through energy efficiency and generation of renewable energy. Additionally, she has spoken on sustainability initiatives here and abroad. Henrietta Davis graduated from the University of Rochester, holds a Master's Degree in Social Planning from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, and a Master's in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.David serves on the Board (and as Treasurer) of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN), a non-profit with a statewide focus and encompassing 40 town-based Chapters at present. MCAN is a facilitator of municipal-level action among Massachusetts environmental groups. MCAN empowers local chapters by enhancing communication, promoting town-level projects that improve communities through decreasing climate change-causing pollution, and reducing development time for those projects. MCAN speaks on behalf of all chapters to improve Massachusetts energy and climate policies and programs.
David Mead-Fox, Ph.D., MCAN Board member, Wellfleet Energy Committee, CMOC, OCEC, Wellfleet
David is: on the Board (and Treasurer) of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN); a member of the Town of Wellfleet Energy Committee; a co-founder and on the steering Committee of Climate Mobilization, Outer Cape (CMOC), and; a co-founder and on the steering Committee of the Outer Cape Energy Committees group (OCEC).
CMOC is a community group founded to provide education and encourage citizen involvement in responding to climate change on the Outer Cape. OCEC is composed of representatives of the Energy Committees of Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, Eastham, and Orleans. This group is the Advisory/Steering Committee for the Solarize Plus Outer Cape program. The group intends to coordinate and collaborate on other climate-related projects in the coming years.
Over the course of his career, David has held leadership positions in non-profit management, management consulting, and executive recruiting (in higher education). He retired at the end of 2015 and moved to Wellfleet in July of 2016. David has a Ph.D. in Organizational Development and Change from Boston College. He has extensive experience with strategic planning, organizational development, human resources and financial management.
Have you heard of CCA (green aggregation or community choice energy)? It helps everyone in town cut their carbon footprint while making it easy and providing consumer protection.
CCA or CCE is a great tool cities and towns across the Commonwealth are using to move their communities towards 100% clean energy. Join our webinar to find out how.
MCAN and 350 Mass, along with the Mass Power Forward coalition, invite you to join a webinar that will help you understand what aggregation is, how it can be used to get your community towards its climate goals, and how to get it done in your community. You will get a chance to hear from clean energy advocates in two communities that have walk you through the process of writing and submitting a warrant article, as well as helping you think through the process of successfully passing it.
You will get to hear how they did it and what made their effort successful.
There will be time for your questions, and we will share pre-existing language for enabling bylaws and resolutions that you can use in your town. So join us and help move your community in the right direction!
PLEASE RSVP BELOW.
The day is to answer three questions:
- What do MLPs do?
- What do they not do (at least right now)?
- What COULD they do?
we hope we might even get to the HOW on that last one. This is an important meeting to discuss your municipal light plant (MLP or muni) and its involvement with clean and renewable energy sources. We want to come together to learn more about what municipal light plants do, what they don’t do, and to learn about some light plants that are going above and beyond. We want to bring together everyone who cares about climate and clean energy in your town and other MLP towns. Ideally, we want at least two people from each MLP town. So please, recommend this meeting to anyone you think would be a good fit, or send recommended attendees to us and we will reach out to them directly.
We will be bringing together people like you from a variety of MLP towns and will have speakers from MLP towns that have taken innovative approaches and had successes, as well as guests from the Conservation Law Foundation and other experts who will be there to answer your questions.
The meeting location: Audubon Broad Brook Sanctuary, Worcester on Saturday, September 30th
The meeting will run from: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
A little background: why does this matter? Right now light plants (which cover 13-15% of the electricity customers in MA) don’t have any kind of a standard for clean energy and energy efficiency. You might know that current state laws about clean energy and energy efficiency exempt municipal light plants. Unlike Eversource or National Grid, they are not required to purchase a portion of their electricity supply from qualified renewable resources.
There are some great policies in place, and the path for munis to be involved in more renewable energy initiatives is there. The problem is that they are not taking advantage of such opportunities and we want to figure out why some are and others are not.
Recently the state Department of Environmental Protection, or DEP, proposed better clean energy policies that include MLPs. Unfortunately, more than a third of the MLPs submitted comments to the state saying they disagreed with being included. They need to hear from people in their towns that you care about clean energy and want them to do better.
Coming together for this meeting is a big step for us all to learn about what has caused some munis to come forward with a clean energy initiative, and the majority not to. Together we can learn how to gain more involvement of munis in the clean energy agenda.
Thus, we are hosting this ambitious all day meeting on a September Saturday and would love to have you join us because we cannot do it without you. Our success and productivity will be dependent upon your attendance and involvement.