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October 5th Node Meeting

Please join the Metrowest node of 350Mass for our monthly meeting. We will connect with folks from all over the Metrowest area, update group members on statewide activities, and engage in issue-specific working groups.  This will include our ongoing effort to assess sustainability efforts in several nearby towns.  There will also be a chance for participants to share news and announcements from their organizations and municipalities.
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.  Arrive early to mingle.  Light refreshments will be available.

When: Thursday, October 5th, 7:00pm
Where: Peace Lutheran Church, 105 Concord Road/Route 126, Wayland, MA 01778

See you on Thursday,
-Ken

Oct 3 – Public hearing on Solar bills at State House

Show your support for solar energy! Legislation to both increase the net metering caps and improve solar access for low income communities will be having its first hearing before the Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy committee. Show up to support our allies in the Green Justice Coalition and advocate for a livable climate future for all!

Stay tuned for a public hearing at State House on pipeline and fossil fuel infrastructure on Oct. 17.

Municipal 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: 
or 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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