Resources for Chapter Leaders

If you hold monthly chapter meetings in your town and want interesting and inspirational resources, browse these topics.  Host a speaker or gather talking points yourself for your next chapter meeting!

If you see any topics that interest you, email Sarah, our executive director, at [email protected] and she will connect with you, forward you more resources, and help ignite energy into your next chapter meeting! 

  • Community Choice and Solar: Looking to do a local energy project? Want to clean up your town or city’s electricity supply? You can learn the how and why, and hear from other chapters about their process to move towards a more community-focused energy plan that lines up with their values.

Visit our pages on community solar and community choice for more info  

  • Clean Energy Policy: The legislative landscape of Massachusetts is always shifting. We can find speakers who are the most up to date with clean energy policies who will provide topical knowledge on legislation. 
  • Paris/COP21/UN Climate Negotiations: More than 20 people from MA went to the Paris UN climate negotiations, and are willing to come to talk to groups about what the agreement and what it means for the Commonwealth and our towns and cities. 

Our board member Sonia hosted a webinar on her time at the UN Climate Negotiations in Paris

  • Net Zero: Cambridge went through an intensive process to understand neighborhood needs and interests around going “net zero”. Understand their process and get help in thinking about how and why your community could go net zero.

Stay up to date on Net Zero Action Plan here

  • Young Voices for the Planet via Lynne Cherry: Lynne’s inspiring series of short movies about young people making a difference and creating change in their communities are available for screenings, and Lynne can come talk to your group about climate messaging and her films.

Read more about Lynne here

  • Susan Butler's Film on Leaving the Carbon Economy: MCAN Member Susan Butler has produced a short film depicting the process of evolution as her home moved from being like most homes to being a clean energy home. The 15 minute film talks you through her process and she hopes you will use “Leaving the Carbon Economy” as a tool to generate discussion, motivation, and building relationships with people as they work to improve their climate change profile.

To learn more about Susan and her film, visit her website here.

  • Acadia Center's Energy, Utility and Community Vision: The Acadia Center’s research on what our energy system should look like is an inspiring vision for our planet and our communities. Learn how we can move from our current way of making and using electricity to a community and people-centered future of clean energy.

Read about the Acadia Center's work here 

If you are interested in any of these, email Sarah at [email protected] for more information.


MCAN hosted a webinar series called "Internet Tools for Remote Organizing". These webinars were designed to give the how-tos on online resources from Google Drive to Zoom video conferencing.

March 24, 2020: Internet Tools for Remote Organizing (part 1)

Watch it again on our YouTube channel and view the webinar slides

Join MCAN's first webinar on how to use tools in Google Suite to take your organizing online, from Docs to Drive.


March 31, 2020: Internet Tools for Remote Organizing (part 2)

Watch it again on our YouTube channel and view the webinar slides. 

Join MCAN's second webinar on how to use video platforms; Zoom, Freeconferencecall, and Google Hangouts. 


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