Today, I sat in on a webinar held by Mass Energy. Mass Energy is a non-profit that runs programs around energy affordability and sustainability. Those don't always go together, for example, one of those programs is a bulk home heating oil purchasing program. But their sustainability programs really do build state-wide purchasing power around efficiency … Continue reading Drive Green
Today, I attended a panel conversation hosted by Green Cambridge and MCAN. The panel was about "Our community food shed and climate change." I wasn't sure what to expect and found it fascinating. There were presentations from organizations in different parts of the food production system that are reducing food waste, reducing food deserts, improving … Continue reading Our Community Food Shed
Next Saturday is the March For Our Lives, a youth-led nationwide rally to drive legislators' action to end mass school shootings. The epicenter is in Washington, of course, where kids and families who are survivors of the Parkland Florida shooting are leading the charge. Boston is adding its collective voice, as well. Today, I made … Continue reading March For Our lives
Tragic story in the Boston Globe yesterday. Scott Berry was helping out a neighbor in Roslindale during this past blizzard, by snowblowing his sidewalk. Unfortunately, a massive tree limb fell on him as he was passing by, paralyzing him from the chest down. Today, I donated to a Gofundme to help him and his family … Continue reading Scott Berry Needs Your Help!
One of the more salacious stories that has emerged over the past few months is the case of the pornstar and the president. I almost don't want to link to the story, but here's a recent recap from the BBC. Given the president's litigious history, it's fair to say that Stormy Daniels is going to … Continue reading Clifford (aka Daniels) v. Trump et al.
Journalism is on the decline. I'm not just talking about the incredibly low public trust in journalism. Or the outbreak of fake news that is undermining governance. I'm simply talking about the business model of journalism, particularly local news. Somerville, for example, used to have two modest newspapers, Somerville Times and Somerville Journal. Now, the … Continue reading A solution to the local news crisis
It's been a few months since I went to a Somerville Commission on Energy and Climate Change meeting. That's more because of being busy than anything else. Today, I went to the March meeting of the Somerville Commission on Energy and Climate Change. A big focus of the agenda was zoning, with the planning department … Continue reading Somerville Commission on Energy and Climate Change
The Massachusetts Senate's omnibus climate bill is the kind of big-think legislation that could begin to move the needle for the state's climate mitigation and adaptation strategies. It's provisions will help transform industry, change behaviors and provide environmental justice. Today, I signed a letter in support of the bill for Environment Mass. They have a … Continue reading Support the Mass. Senate omnibus climate bill
Today, I convened with the Climate Coalition of Somerville for our monthly meeting. The public hearing on the zoning overhaul is tomorrow, so that dominated our agenda. That hearing will be postponed due to the impending blizzard, but we'll be ready once the hearing gets rescheduled. I'll also be posting my comments through their online … Continue reading Climate Coalition of Somerville meeting
Today, I prepped my Keynote deck for a presentation on climate change for Merrimack College. Unfortunately, I'm fairly certain the presentation will be cancelled due to a blizzard that's on the forecast.