Urge Governor Baker to Support Critical Updates to RGGI

The US is pulling out of the Paris Agreement.
The EPA is being destroyed from the inside out.
Now is the time for the Northeast to prove its leadership.
Let's tell our Governor to make critical updates to RGGI.

For months, states across the nation have declared that despite what is happening at the federal level, they will continue to prioritize the environment and uphold emissions standards that the federal government has chosen to abandon. Governor Baker is one of 14 Governors that has joined the U.S. Climate Alliance, committing the Commonwealth to uphold the objectives of the 2015 Paris Agreement.

But now it's time to walk the walk.

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) consists of nine northeastern states that participate in an interstate cap-and-trade system to limit carbon dioxide emissions. Currently the program is under review to determine if it should adopt new, stricter standards.

For Massachusetts to lead on environmental and energy policy, Governor Baker must support an annual emission reduction that is at least as ambitious as the 3.5% per year option under consideration. 

RGGI continues to set meaningful emissions reduction targets when the federal government won't. The stricter the regulations and the more states included, the more meaningful the coalition will be. Act now to urge Governor Baker to support critical updates to RGGI.

Save Cape Cod's Monomoy Wildlife Refuge

Cape Cod’s Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge is composed of an ever-changing series of barrier beaches and islands. The Refuge has always been well managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, allowing for recreational and commercial activities compatible with protecting these amazing natural resources, including fishing and shellfishing. Recently, as part of a disturbing national trend, some local officials are demanding that part of the refuge be removed from federal protection and management and turned over to state and local governments.

Congressman Bill Keating has proposed legislation that would change Monomoy’s western boundary –turning over control and management of about half of the 7,921 acre refuge to state and local government. While we are grateful for Congressman Keating's leadership on many important environmental issues, this legislation has the unintended consequence of feeding into the radical public lands takeover movement.
We need to make sure this environmentally hostile Congress stays out of the Monomoy dispute. Contact Congressman Keating now and let him know you oppose cutting the Monomoy Wildlife Refuge in half.

Add Your Name: Don't Let Trump Take Our Lands

President Trump recently signed an executive order attempting to eliminate or shrink national parks and monuments. The list of monuments under review includes the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, 150 miles off the coast of Cape Cod. This executive order is an attack on oceans, parks, and shared American history and heritage.

For just a few weeks, the Department of the Interior will be taking public comments. Now is the time to show Secretary Zinke that we want our lands and waters to remain protected. No president has ever attempted to revoke a predecessor’s monument designation, until now.

Help stop this unprecedented attack. We’re uniting with the League of Conservation Voters and other state affiliates to gather 200,000 public comments standing up for our lands. Tell Secretary Zinke and the Department of the Interior that New Englanders want all national monuments to be protected for future generations.

Show Your Support for Offshore Wind

Don't back down.
Show your support for offshore wind.

Massachusetts is taking action to decide our energy future right now. Do you want to be locked into fossil fuels for generations to come, or see MA take advantage of our massive offshore wind capabilities? Tell the Baker administration that you strongly support a quick and responsible transition to clean energy.

Last year Governor Baker made a commitment to develop enough local offshore wind to power more than half a million homes. It is up to us to make sure that this promise becomes reality. Massachusetts has world-class offshore wind capacity and taking advantage of it is critical to our energy future.

The fossil fuel industry will try to put up roadblocks to offshore wind development. As they push back, we will push forward. We will be louder than the opposition and voice our resounding support for offshore wind.

Support the Public Lands Preservation Act!

Join ELM in supporting this legislation, which will codify the state’s policy on “no net loss” of protected open space and add transparency to land transfers involving protected open space. The Environment Committee hearing on May 2, 2017 will include this bill, so testimony in advance of that is encouraged.

Click here to read the fact sheet

Click here for sample testimony you can customize and send to the Environment Committee Chairs.

Green Budget Update!

Budget Update!: On April 25, 2017, the Massachusetts House took a vote to adopt a budget amendment that provided some additional funds to environmental agencies.

Click here to read an update about how the Green Budget priorities fared.

Click here to see if your State Rep co-sponsored our top priority Green Budget amendments. 

If your Representative did co-sponsor, we encourage you to call or write to say thank you. Click here to look up your Representative’s contact information.

Not sure who represents you in the Massachusetts House? Click here to find out.

Act Now: Restore MA environmental funding

Washington is slashing environmental funding. Now is the time for cities and states to step up. Urge your State Representative to co-sponsor our Green Budget amendments to protect the Massachusetts environment.

Our state budget for environmental programs and agencies has been cut year after year. It is less than 1% of the overall state budget. With the environment now under attack by the Trump administration, it is critical that environmental programs in Massachusetts are adequately funded. The legislature must restore the budgets of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Conservation and Recreation. That's why we create the Green Budget and advocate for its funding recommendations.

Currently, half a penny of each dollar in the state operating budget goes to environmental programs. Is half of a penny enough to keep our parks open, clean, and appropriately staffed? To monitor and test our drinking water? To clean contaminated and hazardous sites?

The responsibilities of state level environmental agencies are numerous and growing. When environmental agencies suffer, so does the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents.

Representatives must co-sponsor amendments this week so it is critical to get in touch with them now.  

Sign the Petition: Trump Won't Protect the Environment. We Will.

URGENT: Trump won't protect the environment. We will.

The Trump administration is gutting the federal Environmental Protection Agency. Now more than ever, protecting the environment is the state's responsibility. Add your name to tell Governor Baker and the state legislature that now is the time to invest in MassDEP.

MA needs to protect itself against EPA cuts. Not only does the federal EPA do direct work in Massachusetts, but state environmental agencies receive millions of dollars a year in federal grants. Now, with cuts to the federal EPA looming, the state will be expected to do more environmental protection itself. 

But for years budgets of environmental agencies in Massachusetts have been chipped away. Since 2006 MassDEP funding is down 30% and enforcement is down 50%. At current funding levels, MassDEP cannot do its job, much less take on more responsibility from the federal government. State environmental agencies cannot do more with less. Don't believe us? Here's the proof.

Tell Governor Baker and the legislature that it's Massachusetts' job to protect our environment.

Thank You For Taking Action!

Last week State Representatives received hundreds of emails from supporters like you urging them to co-sponsor our priority legislation. Thanks to your action, the Legislators listed below have co-sponsored our priority bills. If your legislator is on the list, please get in touch with them to say thank you! Don't see your legislator on the list? Get in touch with them and tell them its not too late to support our priorities.

Home Energy Audit co-sponsors
Great Neighborhoods co-sponsors

Find out who your legislators are and how to contact them.

Urge Your State Rep. to Support Healthy Communities!

Are you often stuck in traffic, wish you could walk or bike to more places, want seniors to be able to stay in the communities where they raised their families?  Do you want to make sure we develop in ways that protect natural areas and that parks and green spaces are plentiful?  How we zone and where we develop is vitally important and impacts so many aspects of our lives. 

There is legislation that will encourage a more rational approach to zoning and development that will support neighborhoods and families, preserve open space, promote healthy communities, and give cities and towns the tools they need to make smart development choices.  It is one of ELM’s top legislative priorities.

Right now legislators are deciding which bills they will co-sponsor in the new legislative session. Contact your State Representative today to urge him or her to co-sponsor An Act Building for the Future. We have already crafted a message for you – all you need to do is enter your address. The deadline for Representatives to cosponsor legislation is Friday, Feb. 3rd.

Ask Your State Rep to Co-Sponsor Our First In The Nation Energy Efficiency Bill

If an MPG sticker helps you choose a car, why not have an energy rating on your largest purchase: your home?

The bill is simple. It requires homeowners to get a free energy audit before they sell their home. Nothing more is required and there’s no cost to residents or the Commonwealth. Homes can be sold as is, but the audit will generate an energy performance label so you will know what you're getting into. This is important consumer information and we believe it will lead to lower utility bills and tremendous energy savings.

This bill is ELM’s top legislative priority. Right now legislators are deciding which bills they will co-sponsor in the new legislative session. Contact your State Representative today to urge them to co-sponsor An Act relative to home energy efficiency. We have already crafted a message for you – all you need to do is enter your address.