The 100% Renewable Energy Act

The 100% Renewable Energy Act (H.2836), filed by Representative Marjorie Decker and Representative Sean Garballey, will transition Massachusetts to 100% renewable electricity by 2035 and 100% renewable energy for heating and transportation by 2045. In addition, it would accelerate the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to reach 100 percent renewable by 2035 and support job trainingContinue reading “The 100% Renewable Energy Act”

Action on Climate Change

Increase Energy Efficiency – Improving energy efficiency and conservation programs save money and energy. This includes energy-efficient appliances, windows, light bulbs and adding insulation. Build more energy-efficient buildings including passive house design – the Gold standard for energy-efficient homes. Green the Grid -increase solar- which has already increased more than 240 times since 2009. ByContinue reading “Action on Climate Change”

Transparency and Accountability in Our Government

Massachusetts is the only state in the country that exempts all three branches of government from open meeting law. It’s only one of four states that exempt the Legislative branch from open meeting law. In particular, the House of Representatives has a very secretive and haphazard committee process.    In Senate-only committees, votes are postedContinue reading “Transparency and Accountability in Our Government”

Racial and Economic Justice and Black Lives Matter

The events of the last 3 months have put a spotlight on how far we still need to go to have a truly fair and just society. A society where people are not prejudged, dismissed or disenfranchised because of the color of their skin. Systemic and entrenched racism has permeated this country from its inception.Continue reading “Racial and Economic Justice and Black Lives Matter”

More Affordable and Diverse Housing

Over the last 30 years, we have not been building enough housing to meet the needs. The result is sky-high housing costs that burden all but the affluent.  I support building density where appropriate and prioritize building smaller and highly energy-efficient units.  Mixed-use developments adjacent to city centers near amenities and transit reduces reliance onContinue reading “More Affordable and Diverse Housing”

Invest in Transit

The transportation system is generally in poor condition. We rank 45th out of the 50 states in crumbling infrastructure. As we invest and rebuild we must be thinking about the future which must include the electrification of public transit and more active modes of transportation, including walking and biking and shared autonomous vehicles.  The currentContinue reading “Invest in Transit”

Addressing the Climate Crisis

At my core, I am an environmentalist and I recognize how important it is that we continue to push our goals around climate and sustainability issues. The Commonwealth needs to do more to support local communities who have been leading the way. Newton, Watertown and Waltham all have put together climate action plans that setContinue reading “Addressing the Climate Crisis”