Push your legislators to support our campaign priorities. We need to bring more clean energy to Massachusetts, put a price on carbon, establish net-zero stretch codes, and much more. To get there, we need support in the legislature, which we can only build through grassroots organizing in districts across the state. Meet with your legislator and ask them to support our campaign priorities. If they don’t say yes right away, consider organizing an event, writing a letter to the editor, or organizing calls to their office to show them that their constituents care.

Housing, Energy, & Efficiency

S.2226 / H.3365: An Act providing for building justice with jobs (Pacheco / Robinson, LeBoeuf) - Mass Renews Alliance

Low-income and Black and Brown communities disproportionately live in aging and energy inefficient housing units where residents are exposed to hazardous health and safety conditions. 

This bill would establish a “Building Justice with Jobs” task force that will put thousands of people to work retrofitting one million homes over the next decade to make them safer, healthier and more energy efficient. It will decrease housing-related emissions by 50% by 2030, eliminate housing-related emissions by 2050, and establish a program to train new workers. The bill prioritizes that individuals working on retrofits receive equitable standards, benefits and wages. Help pass the Building Justice with Jobs Act by using our Advocacy Guide.

 

S.1447 / H.2230: An Act to improve outdoor and indoor air quality for communities burdened by transportation pollution (Jehlen / Barber, Connolly)

This bill mandates the reduction of pollution from highways, ports, airports and roadways. It seeks to grow outdoor air monitoring in pollution hotspots. In doing so, it seeks to improve indoor and outdoor air quality for environmental justice populations. 

 

S.2148 / H.3298: An Act relative to the future of heat in the Commonwealth (Creem/Ehrlich/ J. Lewis)

This bill promotes geothermal micro-districts as the source of home heating and cooling. It prioritizes addressing the heating needs of environmental justice communities. It's goal is a systemwide replacement of gas as a primary heating and cooling source with geothermal, which is water based.

 

S.891, H.1434: Homes for All Mass (An Act to prevent COVID-19 evictions and foreclosures and promote an equitable housing recovery) (Moran, Honan, Jehlan) 

This bill ensures that landlords pursue and corporate with rental assistance programs before evicting residents, protects the most vulnerable tenants from forced removal for COVID-19 arrears, pauses no-fault evictions during the COVID-19 recovery period, pause residential foreclosures and require mortgage forbearance based on federal policies, and ensures timely and equitable distribution of rental assistance funds. 

 

Labor & Climate

S.1197 / H.1954: A Just Transition to Clean Energy (Feeney/LeBoeuf/ Timilty/ Robinson) Workers employed in the energy sector who are displaced due to efforts by the commonwealth or the private sector to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or transition from fossil fuels to clean energy have immediate access to employment and training opportunities in clean energy industries and related fields.

 

S.1198 / H.1955: Clean Energy Workforce Standards and Accountability (Feeney, P. Lewis, LeBoeuf, Timilty)

This act establishes that every request for proposals, grant application, or project solicitation offering funding from the Commonwealth for projects to address climate change, clean energy capacity and/or infrastructure must demonstrate a commitment to workforce and economic development and workforce diversity, equity, and inclusion.

 

S.2136 / H.3288: An Act transitioning Massachusetts to clean electricity, heating, and transportation (Boncore / Decker, Garballey)

This bill will transition Massachusetts to 100 percent clean electricity by 2035 and 100 percent clean heating and transportation by 2045. It lays out clear requirements and actions for the Commonwealth to achieve these objectives, while ensuring that workers and environmental justice communities are included in the transition.

 

S.996 / H.1792: An Act to create access to justice (DiDomenico / Meschino, Madaro)

This act would increase access to legal protections for communities disproportionately impacted by environmental burdens, including waste incineration, highway expansion, and other polluting infrastructure by allowing affected groups to bring claims to state court, instead of federal court.

 

S.2135 / H.3336: An Act Relative to Energy Facilities Siting Reform to Address Environmental Justice, Climate, and Public Health (Boncore / Madaro)

This legislation requires the Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) to prioritize environmental justice, public health and climate. It requires community engagement prior to filing for environmental or siting board review, a cumulative impact assessment and an environmental justice impact statement, and prohibits the approval of electricity generating facilities or substations if the environmental justice impact statement shows that they will result in public health or other harms to environmental justice populations.

 

S.2165, H.3278: Solar Neighborhoods Act, An Act increasing solar rooftop energy (Eldridge, Connolly, Lewis, Gouveia)

This bill would require solar roofs on new homes and commercial buildings.

 

S.1853, H.2890: HERO Act, An Act providing for climate change adaptation infrastructure and affordable housing investments in the Commonwealth (Eldridge/Comerford/DiDomenico/ Lewis)

This act would increase investments in affordable housing and climate resiliency. It addresses the longstanding housing crisis exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

S.2170, H.3372: IPCC 2030 An Act Investing in a Prosperous, Clean Commonwealth by 2030 (Eldridge/Lewis/Oakley/Uyterhoeven)

This bill strives for net-zero emissions by 2030 by achieving 100% renewable electricity and net zero carbon emissions across all sectors by 2030.

 

S.504 / H.905: An Act establishing the municipal reforestation program (Creem/Ehrlich/Lewis) 

This act would establish an urban forest advisory council which would oversee reforestation efforts.

 

H.3292: An Act achieving a green future with infrastructure and workforce investments (Driscoll)

The Green Future Act imposes a carbon fee on fossil fuel sales, distributes the revenue to low/moderate income individuals, and invests in environmental justice communities.

 

S.2138/H.3264: An Act relative to transportation and environmental justice

(Boncore/ Lewis/ Rausch/ Owens) This bill establishes a trust fund from the Transportation Climate Initiative to fund climate initiatives, primarily in environmental justice communities.

 

H.3526: An Act relative to low income transit fares (Madaro)

This legislation reduces fares for low-income riders of the MBTA and regional transit authorities’ vehicles.

 

Food Justice

S.564 / H.973: An Act relative to establishing a food justice frontline (Jehlen / Minicucci) - Massachusetts Renews Alliance

This bill addresses growing food insecurity needs in the state by creating a Food Justice Frontline Program which will fund nonprofit food security organizations and create new food security jobs. Environmental justice communities will be eligible to apply for grants for food security jobs for individuals living within Overburdened Communities. Help pass the Food Justice Frontline Act by using our Advocacy Guide.

 

S.495 / H.967: An Act relative to food justice with jobs (Boncore / Madaro)- Massachusetts Renews Alliance

This bill will acquire unused land for sale to nonprofits (community trusts) to set up gardens and hire local residents. It will hire young people to promote participation and nutritional education about SNAP & other food security programs. Help pass the Food Justice with Jobs Act by using our Advocacy Guide.

 

Forthcoming

  • Early Retirement of Low-Mileage Vehicles (awaiting bill number)
  • RPS (awaiting bill number)
  • Gas Safety (awaiting bill number) -- requires focus on repairs rather than new installations.
  • Electricity Generation (awaiting bill number) -- Increase Renewable Portfolio Standard to 4% -- mandates an increase from 3% to 4% for the annual required percentage increase in energy from non-emitting sources, such as solar and wind, that the electric utilities purchase.