About Quincy CAN

Quincy Climate Action Network acts locally to fight climate change by promoting climate-friendly practices among residents, businesses, and government.

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Cleaner, Greener Quincy

QCAN represented at Cleaner, Greener Quincy this year, gathering trash and debris at our usual stretch of marsh from the corner of Quincy Shore Drive and Fenno Street to Beechwood Knoll. This is always a great chance for members old and new to get to know each other (and our friends at Quincy Tree Alliance)!

Tonight’s Heat Pumps 101 Event

Just a reminder about tonight’s free virtual Heat Pumps 101 event at 7pm tonight here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87280685757

If the Zoom is at capacity or you are having trouble entering, you can watch live on the Thomas Crane Library’s YouTube Channel. YouTube viewers can email info@quincycan.org to ask questions – we will monitor the account throughout the event.

Live Mandarin / Cantonese interpretation:

如需现场普通话翻译,请致电 (617) 405-9744
如需现场粤语翻译,请致电 (617) 405-9745
请将您的 Zoom 和您的手机静音

You can download the full slide deck for the event or the Helpful Resources one-sheet below – and watch the video of the event here.

Heat Pumps 101, January 19 @ 7 pm

Learn from experts from Quincy Climate Action Network, Massachusetts Green Energy Alliance, and Mass Save program implementer ICF how a heat pump can help you decarbonize your home. The panelists will cover details about heat pump types, cost (including incentive programs), pros and cons, and green energy sourcing.

Join us online (Zoom meeting ID 872 8068 5757) or call (646) 558-8656 and use the same meeting ID to listen to the audio. You may also view the program live on the Thomas Crane Public Library YouTube channel. (If you RSVP to the event you will receive a reminder with the link.)

Please email info@QuincyCAN.org if you would like to request a Mandarin or Cantonese translator for the event.

Co-Sponsored by Quincy Climate Action Network, Massachusetts Green Energy Consumers Alliance, and Quincy Asian Resources, Inc.

热泵 101

从昆市气候行动网络、马萨诸塞州绿色能源联盟和马萨诸塞州节约计划实施机构ICF的专家了解热泵如何帮助您的家脱碳。小组成员将讨论热泵的类型、成本(包括激励计划)、利弊和绿色能源来源的细节

一位最近安装了热泵的昆市居民也将从房主的角度回答实际问题。

在线加入(Zoom会议号872 8068 5757)或拨打(646)558-8656,使用同一个会议号收听音频。您也可以在Thomas Crane公共图书馆的YouTube频道上观看该计划的直播。(如果您回复了该活动,您也会收到一个带有链接的提醒。)

如果您需要一名普通话或广东话翻译员,请发送电子邮件至info@QuincyCAN.org。

由昆市气候行动网络、马萨诸塞州绿色能源消费者联盟和昆市亚协服务中心共同赞助

How a heat pump can decarbonize your home

If your home is heated by natural gas or oil (like most in Quincy), there’s no getting around it: You’re burning a lot of carbon each winter. And probably a lot of money, too: The price of gas and oil heat is expected to jump 30% or more this winter. But a heat pump can efficiently heat your home — even on the coldest New England winter day — without burning fossil fuels. 

What is a heat pump? It’s essentially an air conditioner that can also run in reverse. In summer, like an air conditioner or refrigerator, it removes heat from your home. And in winter, as long as there is some heat energy in the air — and there’s always some, until we reach absolute zero, a.k.a. negative 273º Celsius — the outdoor condenser pulls whatever heat it can find out of the atmosphere and uses a special refrigerant to send that warmth inside to the blower unit.  

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Climate risk and climate preparedness in Quincy

Global warming is increasingly contributing to the frequency and intensity of weather events, resulting in significant consequences for the U.S. Rising seas and rain events that can last for days are causing flood events threatening quality of life. Roads are washed away and infrastructure, utilities, and emergency services are all at risk from these worsening weather events. Reliable infrastructure is essential to the economic prosperity, sustainability, and security of communities across the United States.

Last month the First Street Foundation released its third national risk assessment, Infrastructure on the Brink, in which flood risk vulnerability is measured by city and county. In-depth information for Massachusetts’ at-risk neighborhoods by zip code, city, and county can be found at FloodFactor.com.

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The state of plastic bags in Quincy

In March 2020, in the name of health and safety, my family temporarily retired our reusable grocery bags. Quincy had passed a plastic bag ban three months prior, but then we were back to single-use plastic. In August of 2020, after the CDC confirmed that surface transmission of COVID was not a threat, the state brought back local bans on single-use plastic bags and allowed for reusable plastic bags again.

We were ready, reusable bags in hand. We were ready to go back to focusing on saving the planet, reducing our carbon footprint, reducing our reliance on plastic. And we hoped that our local supermarkets, big box stores, and pharmacies would start again to encourage reusable bags. We hoped we wouldn’t have to see the flimsy plastic bags of the “before times.” Yet that hasn’t been entirely the case.

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QCAN matching donations to FRRACS

QCAN members voted for a second time to match donations our members and friends make to Fore River Residents Against the Compressor Station (FRRACS). FRRACS has been working for seven years to stop Enbridge from building and operating its North Weymouth fracked-gas compressor station. QCAN will match donations through the end of 2021 up to a $500 total match.

You can make donations directly to FRRACS on nocompressor.com; please write “towards QCAN matching grant” under “additional information.”  You can also mail a check to FRRACS, P.O. Box 485, South Weymouth, MA 02190 with “towards QCAN matching grant” in the memo line.

If you’d like to receive a tax deduction for your donation, please donate instead to Community Action Works with the note “towards QCAN matching grant for FRRACS.”

FRRACS has been on the frontlines of fighting climate change for many years.  Thank you for supporting their work, QCAN members and friends.  Keep up the great work, FRRACS!