MCAN works to:
Support local MCAN chapters to implement change at the municipal level.
Advocate at the state and regional level for policies and programs that make a difference.
Facilitate peer-to-peer learning and tool-sharing.
With that in mind, we will update the legislation we are actively supporting in the 2019-2020 legislative session.
2019—2020 MCAN Legislative Priorities
The Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that fights the climate crisis by building on the energy and enthusiasm of local MCAN chapters. At the state level, we provide a unified voice for our chapters and members on state policies and programs that impact municipal climate action. MCAN works to:
- Support local MCAN chapters to implement change and take leadership at the municipal level
- Advocate at the state and regional level for policies and programs that make a difference
- Facilitate peer-to-peer learning and tool-sharing. With that in mind here is the legislation we are actively supporting in the 2019-2020 session:
Environmental Justice: All people have a right to be protected from environmental pollution and to live in and enjoy a clean and healthful environment––but low-income communities and communities of color are most likely to be in the shadows of a dirty power plant or next to a busy polluting highway. This bill codifies environmental justice into law and works to secure strong enforcement of Executive Order 552, issued under Gov. Patrick and the state’s EJ policy, issued in 2002 and updated in 2017. It provides protection of and meaningful involvement for all people in the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws. H.826/S.453 and H.761/S.464 An Act Relative To Environmental Justice. Sponsors: Rep. Madaro and Sen. DiDomenico, and Rep. Dubois & Rep. Miranda and Sen. Eldridge
100% Clean Energy for All: A future powered by 100 percent clean, renewable energy is within reach. Massachusetts should lead the way to 100 percent renewable energy to clean up our air, protect public health, and help ensure a safe climate for our children. A recent review of seven detailed studies concluded that there are no insurmountable technological or economic barriers to achieving 100 percent renewable energy. We need more efficient buildings, a completely renewable electric grid, and we need to convert other uses of fossil fuels, such as heating and transportation, to clean electricity. H.2836/S.1958 An Act Repowering Massachusetts With 100 Percent Renewable Energy. Sponsors: Rep. Decker & Rep. Garballey and Sen. Eldridge
Investing in Communities and Cleaning up our Transportation: As a Commonwealth, we have placed a significant focus on cutting our climate change-causing pollution from electricity, but we now need to have a comprehensive approach to other areas of our lives. Transportation and heating now represent of disproportionate share of our emissions as a state, in addition to being an increasing strain on the wallets of working people. We need solutions that provide better opportunities for our communities and working families. These bills provide ways of generating revenue to invest in making our communities more livable and climate friendly. H.3008/S.2106, An Act To Advance Modern and Sustainable Solutions For Transportation (aka TCI). Sponsors: Rep. Ehrlich and Sen. Lesser. H.2810 An Act To Promote Green Infrastructure and Reduce Carbon Emissions. Sponsor: Rep. Benson
Better buildings: Net zero buildings are better for our health, our communities, and our climate. 10 years ago, Massachusetts became the first state to adopt a stretch code, an amendment to the base building code that allows municipalities to build more energy-efficient buildings community-wide. While the base code has continued to improve, the stretch code has not, meaning it is no longer a significant improvement. This bill directs the Board of Building Regulation and Standards (BBRS), the body responsible for developing building codes in MA, to develop a net zero stretch code. A net zero stretch code would allow the towns and cities that want to be climate leaders to do net zero planning now. Encouraging net zero development and construction will be a huge step towards meeting our climate goals as a state. H.2865/S.1935 An Act To Establish a Net Zero Stretch Energy Code. Sponsors: Rep. Gouviea and Sen. Comerford
Net Zero for All: A climate friendly future needs to include everyone, and is better for our health and our communities while being better for our planet. A Net Zero lifestyle (which means that you have no climate pollution in all 4 aspects of your life: the buildings where you live, transportation, where your electricity comes from, and your waste) is currently available only to those who can pay extra for it. 80% of money spent on low income heating programs is on bill assistance, not solving the problem for families in terms of their wallets or their climate emissions. This bill includes a 1 year study to look at all the incentives for low income families and how they can be linked together, and 2 years of pilot programs in gateway communities to see what works. H.2874/S.1942 An Act Relative To Net-Zero Homes In Gateway Cities. Sponsors: Rep. Higgins and Sen. Crighton
Roadmap to 2050: The science (2018 IPCC report) is clear: to avoid climate catastrophe we have a new target – net zero emissions by 2050. This legislation re-sets the state’s 2050 target to net zero and commits state agencies to making a comprehensive and detailed plan for how we can build a clean economy by 2050. The bill prioritizes local jobs and protections for low and moderate income families and those already subject to disproportionate environmental burden. It ensures the entire state is working together cost-effectively and includes Municipal Light Plants in the Global Warming Solutions Act regulatory process. H.3983 An Act To Create A 2050 Roadmap To A Clean and Thriving Commonwealth. Sponsor: Rep. Meschino