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Building Power with Climate Justice Partnerships – September 7 Node Meeting

Dear Metrowesters,

Come join the 350MA Metrowest September meeting to learn how we can work with others for climate justice.

Lisa Young will inspire us with the many successes resulting from different social justice groups leveraging their individual impacts by sharing news and collaborating on actions. Lisa Young is Climate Justice Partnerships Coordinator for 350MA for a Better Future.  In addition, node members will present a summary of a recent Boston area presentation about hydro-power sourced from Canada, being billed as “green energy for Massachusetts,” but looking closer – how “green” is it, really?  Tim Brainerd of Framingham says, “The more we see the bigger picture, the more people will choose to be involved.”

Also on the agenda:  local advocacy and actions, including our ongoing effort to assess sustainability efforts in several nearby towns.  First time visitors are especially welcome; come learn and share.  Our Metrowest node public meetings usually happen the first Thursday of the month, with locations changing to accommodate learners, supporters, and activists from towns around the region.  All are invited to participate in the breakout groups for the local initiatives as well as in the informal planning group that meets on dates prior to the monthly meeting.  OK to arrive early to mingle.  Light refreshments will be available.

When: Thursday, September 7, 7:00 to 9:30pm.
Where: Peace Lutheran Church, 105 Concord Road/Route 126, Wayland, MA 01778

Node Planning Group Meetings

Anyone is welcome to participate in our node’s planning group, which meets on the second Thursday of each month, 7-9pm, locations vary.  Our next planning meeting will be Thursday, Sep 14 in Natick.  For details, email .
Mark your calendar for our next public node meeting, Thursday, October 5, 7pm, location and agenda TBD by participants at our September meetings!

Sustainability Checklist

The Metrowest node of 350 Massachusetts has organized a spreadsheet to evaluate carbon emissions and levels of municipal sustainability. While a work-in-progress, it provides a framework to evaluate the carbon footprint of municipalities and their efforts to become sustainable. We have gotten input for 7 towns in our region (Acton, Ashland, Framingham, Marlborough, Stow, Sudbury and Wayland) and we have Natick and Holliston in process. We are trying to do 22 towns in the Massachusetts Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) MWRC/MAGIC regions. We plan to present our results this fall to MAPC and other interested organizations. We still need people in the following towns to help survey their towns: Southborough, Bedford, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, and Maynard.

The process is easy, but takes a couple of hours of time. If you live outside this region and want to use this checklist for your town, pls let us know!

More info:  978 808 7173

 

Legislative Actions

Time critical actions:

Municipal Sustainability Checklist

We have created a municipal “sustainability checklist” that can help towns compare what they are doing with other towns, as well as get ideas and encourage collaboration. For residents, the checklist helps understand what towns are doing and not doing, as well as set priorities for local advocacy. For organizers, the checklist is an excellent tool to organize local groups around, and to build networks of people who care about sustainability.

Click here for details.

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