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April 2018

Dear MIP&L members and friends,

Legislative Action Needed on Climate Change
and Environmental Justice


The Massachusetts legislature must act in 2018 to limit carbon pollution, accelerate clean energy and promote environmental justice. Here's how you can help.

  1. Pass A Carbon Pricing Law. The social and public health damage from carbon pollution mounts every day. We need a law in Massachusetts that adds a fair and rising cost to fossil fuels to account for the enormous damage they cause. S2302 An Act to Promote a Clean Energy Future, has a carbon pricing provision. H1726 provides for a carbon fee and rebate, with 80% of fees rebated and 20% allocated to a Green Infrastructure Fund, and to address low and moderate income impacts. Please contact Ways and Means Chair Sen. Karen Spilka, House Speaker DeLeo, Rep. Tom Golden and your state representative and urge them to pass a strong carbon pricing law. Find your legislator here.
  2. Accelerate the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to reach at least 50% clean energy by 2030, a 3% annual increase. Multiple bills on the RPS are in the Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TUE) committee. RPS increases are included in An Act to Promote a Clean Energy Future, S2302. Please contact leadership and Chairs Rep. Golden and Sen. Barrett to tell them you support a 3% increase in the RPS.
  3. Pass the Solar for All Act, H3396/S1831. These bills eliminate barriers to development of community and low-moderate income solar and ensure equal savings for low-moderate income solar customers and renters. These provisions are included in S2302, An Act Promoting a Clean Energy Future. Please contact leadership and TUE Committee Chairs Rep. Golden and Sen. Barrett to urge them to support H3396/S1831 and S2302.
  4. Pass the Environmental Justice Act, H2913/S426, currently in House Ways and Means, and support budget line items to fund Environmental Justice staff at EOEEA, MassDOT, and EOHHS—the Environmental, Transit, and Health secretariats of the Commonwealth. Please contact Ways and Means Chairs Rep. Sánchez and Sen. Spilka to urge passage of the Environmental Justice Act and funding for EJ staff positions in these secretariats.

With thanks to Mass Power Forward and MCAN (Mass. Climate Action Network).


Baker Files Home Energy Rating Bill

Under legislation proposed by the Baker administration homeowners who voluntarily receive qualifying home energy assessments would be provided a home energy scorecard. The information on the scorecard would include an estimate of annual energy consumption and associated cost based on the home's physical features, such as lighting, insulation and heating equipment. The scorecards for existing homes would be coupled with recommendations for cost-effective home energy efficiency improvements. Ratings would be available to potential home buyers of 1 to 4 family homes.


Carbon Pricing in MA — A Key To Solving A Warming Climate

carbon pricing collage

When: Tuesday May 8, 2018, 6:00 pm

Where: Dever Auditorium, Parenzo Hall, Westfield State University, Westfield MA

Learn how MA state-wide carbon fee and rebate legislation will create jobs, provide better health for residents and reduce carbon emissions! Panelists will include: Dr. Carsten Braun, climate scientist at WSU; Dr. Marc Breslow, Dir. of Policy & Research at ClimateXChange; State Rep. Jen Benson, lead sponsor of bill H.1726 addressing state-wide carbon pricing; and Rev. Dr. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, author, minister and climate activist. The forum is organized by Voices Rising Together and co-hosted by WSU's Environmental Science Dept. and the Chemical and Physical Sciences Dept.

For more information about the forum, contact either Prof. Frank Giuliano, or John Meiklejohn at or 413-348-2848.

For a flyer click here.


Climate Church Climate WorldJim Antal's New Book:

How People of Faith Must Work for Change


Climate Church, Climate World argues that climate change is the greatest moral challenge humanity has ever faced because it magnifies all forms of global social injustice.

Jim Antal argues that it's time for the church to meet this moral challenge and suggests ways people of faith can reorient what they prize through new approaches to worship, preaching, and other spiritual practices that honor creation and cultivate hope. Read more on this inspirational book here.




Solar for Synagogues: Learn from Experience

SOlar for Synagogues

Tuesday, May 1st 7-9 pm
Temple Aliyah
1664 Central Ave Needham, MA

Going solar can be straightforward and fiscally beneficial. Reducing our carbon footprint is critical for protecting the planet we all share. Sign up for this unique opportunity to hear from synagogues that have successfully installed solar and to meet with select solar vendors who are actively working with congregations like yours.

All Houses of Worship are welcome.
Cost: Free. Refreshments served.
RSVP by 4/30 at

For Information:
(508) 358-5996


Praying with Creation, a Laudato Si' Retreat

A Laudato Si' retreatSaturday May 12, 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Sacred Heart Parish Center, Lexington

The Psalms tell us "The heavens proclaim the glory of God!" How might our faith inspire intimacy and care for our Earth and all its inhabitants, as Pope Francis asks in Laudato Si'? This retreat will include prayer, guided contemplative practices, interactive exercises, reflection, and an opportunity to walk in the Great Meadows.

Join us as we explore this journey of ecological conversion for our spirits, and the planet.

Presenter: Christina Leaño, Associate Director, Global Catholic Climate Movement and inspirational meditation teacher and retreat guide. See more at
For details and registration go to:


Catholics Are Still In

Catholic Climate Covenant

The Catholic Climate Covenant launched a new nationwide campaign (Catholics Are Still In) to garner the U.S. Catholic community's support for climate action.

The U.S. Catholic Climate Declaration is an expression of solidarity with the We Are Still In campaign which began in June 2017, after President Trump announced his intention to withdraw the U.S. from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

Register for Webinar! Attend a one-hour webinar on Wednesday, May 3rd at 1:00 pm. to learn more about the campaign, and how to gather signatures on the Catholic Climate Declaration. All who register will receive a recording of the webinar. For information contact



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Peace and blessings,

Your friends at MIP&L


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