MCAN in the Media

November 13, 2023: In a recent public statement, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) shared her thoughts on Mayor Michelle Wu's proposed ban on gas hookups. The proposed ban would prohibit the installation of new gas pipelines and appliances in new buildings, as well as in major renovations of existing buildings. 

October 3, 2023: Last week New York last became the first state in the nation to limit concrete in state-funded building and transportation projects, now people on Beacon Hill think it’s time for Massachusetts to take on “embodied carbon” initiatives. Newburyport News highlighted MCAN's embodied carbon efforts saying "Embodied carbon is the term used to describe the greenhouse gas emissions associated with manufacturing, transportation, installation, maintenance and disposal of building and infrastructure materials, according to the Mass Climate Action Network. MCAN says embodied carbon accounts for between 11 and 23 percent of annual global emissions, but it is rarely included in conversations around reducing greenhouse gasses." Read the full article here


September 19th, 2023: Healey: State agencies will be banned from buying single-use plastic bottles. The governor said Massachusetts would be the first U.S. state to institute such a ban, which she hopes will help protect ocean life and reduce carbon emissions. MCAN's Executive Director, Elischia Fludd was featured including her thoughts on the ban. Read the full article here. 


August 27th, 2023: MCAN’s Executive Director, Elischia Fludd was featured in the Banker & Tradesman ‘Seeking Solutions for Vulnerable Properties and Populations’ article in August. Banker & Tradesmen targets bankers, and commercial, industrial, and real estate industry experts. The profile captures Elischia’s decades of advocacy experience, MCAN’s shift toward equity action, and her perspectives on the current initiatives at the state and city levels that address the climate crisis. Read the article here.

August 18th, 2023: Eager climate advocates and policymakers offer paths through the climate crisis. The  ZeroCarbonMA members say cities and towns should be allowed to require new buildings and major renovations be fossil-fuel free. Read the full article here. 

July 26th, 2023: Members of the Zero Carbon Renovation Fund Coalition – a diverse coalition of 180+ organizations – and advocates attended the Massachusetts Senate TUE committee hearing, to testify in support of legislation to establish a $300 million Zero Carbon Renovation Fund (S.2365), to advance and scale equitable building decarbonization efforts across the Commonwealth. Read the full article here.

June 22nd, 2023: MCAN's Buildings Director, Miranda D'Oleo tours the local state officials cutting-edge housing complex in Newburyport.

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April 13th, 2023: An Earth Days highlight was the award ceremony on Thursday, April 13 which honored student creative work addressing climate change. The Salem State Earth Days Committee also honored the Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) with a Friend of the Earth Award. This annual award celebrated MCAN’s dedication, determination, and effectiveness in supporting Massachusetts communities in addressing climate change at the local level. Interim Director Logan Malik accepted the award on MCAN’s behalf and gave impassioned remarks on the importance of community-level change as a stepping stone for state and national action. He highlighted MCAN’s work on the Zero Carbon Renovation Fund and MCAN’s opposition to the Peabody Peaker plant-a fight, he cautioned, that MCAN might lose, but that has already resulted in an improved, more transparent approach to such infrastructure decisions.

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March 13th, 2023: Sustainability Leaders to Discussed Carbon Emission Reductions from Buildings. Speakers included Logan Malik, interim executive director of Massachusetts Climate Action Network; Michelle Lambert from Lambert Sustainability; Andrea Love, president of the Boston Society of Architects; Rebecca Esau, manager at Carbon-Free Buildings, RMI; and Dennis Carlberg, associate vice president of Sustainability at Boston University. Read the full article here. 

February 21st, 2023: A new film by Peabody resident Steven Andrada premiered at the Torigian Senior Center in Peabody. The film highlights activists’ push to shut down a new 55-megawatt “peaker” plant being built in Peabody. “I’m so happy to see this documentary made, and the fact that it can be shared now throughout the state and hopefully help retire all of the peakers in the Commonwealth is great,” said Miranda D’Oleo, building campaigns director of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN). Read full article here.

December 26th, 2022: A broad coalition of environmental, housing, and education advocacy groups say they have a plan to help Massachusetts meet one of its most challenging climate goals: “decarbonizing,” or dramatically reducing carbon emissions, from buildings in the state. “Retrofits are a priority concern for the Commonwealth,” says Logan Malik, interim executive director of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network, one of the groups pushing for the fund. “And the challenge, to be frank, is fairly daunting when we look at what's ahead in order for us to meet our legally mandated goals.” Read the full article here. 

December 14th, 2022: The Massachusetts coalition wants state to create a fund to jump-start the move to renovate structures to make them more climate-resilient. One-third of all carbon emissions in Massachusetts emanate from the state’s 2 million existing buildings, according to Logan Malik, interim executive director of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network, a member organization of the Zero Carbon Renovation Fund Coalition. Read the full article here.

December 7th, 2022: Boston Globe article. Read here




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