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)!

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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.

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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!