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)!Continue reading
Just a reminder about tonight’s free virtual Heat Pumps 101 event at 7pm tonight here:
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 email@example.com to ask questions – we will monitor the account throughout the event.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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!
The Department of Public Utilities will hold a public hearing on Quincy’s aggregation plan (docket # 21-05) on Thursday, July 22 at 7pm on Zoom.
This plan would automatically raise the percentage of renewables in Quincy consumers’ electricity mix unless they opt out – and will be likely around the same price (or even cheaper) since it’s bought in bulk. QCAN encourages the DPU to move quickly to approve this plan. If DPU approves it within the next couple of months, the city’s consultant would put the electricity supply out to bid for a program start this winter, which is usually the best time to start a program due to seasonal market fluctuations.
You can attend the Zoom hearing on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 7 PM via Zoom Meeting ID# 997 0553 2043. If you want to comment during the public hearing, please send an email by pm on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, email address, and mailing address.
All written comments or other documents should be submitted to the Department in PDF format by e-mail attachment to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, all written comments should be emailed to counsel for the City’s agent, Scott Mueller, Esq., at email@example.com. The text of the e-mail must specify: (1) the docket number of the proceeding (D.P.U. 21-05); (2) the name of the person or company submitting the filing; and (3) a brief descriptive title of the document. The e-mail must also include the name, title, and telephone number of a person to contact in the event of questions about the filing.
Green electricity aggregation is one of the most important things we can do as a city to reduce our carbon impact. Once it’s approved, QCAN will put in full effort, in collaboration with the city’s consultant Good Energy, to get our fellow residents to “opt up” to 100% renewables in their mix. It’s an issue we’ve been involved with since 2018.
QCAN members enjoyed the chance to gather together in person at in two local cleanups this month. We joined Quincy Tree Alliance members to gather litter along Fenno Street and neighboring marshes as part of Greener, Cleaner Quincy on May 1. Members of QYouth Climate Movement (our youth chapter) joined Quincy High School’s Green Team and Science National Honors Society to clean up Nickerson Beach in Squantum on May 15.Continue reading
Thanks to heartbreaking images of seals caught in abandoned fishing nets, turtles with straws stuck in their noses, and seabirds with bellies full of litter, most of us are aware of the effects of discarded plastic on animal life. But not everyone realizes how much plastic contributes to climate change throughout its life cycle, from the extraction and transportation of the fossil fuels used to create it to the management of plastic waste and its ongoing impact as it degrades. The World Economic Forum estimates that 4-8% of annual global oil consumption is related to plastics, and if current trends continue this could rise to 20% of oil consumption by 2050.
QCAN member Jon Gorey shared this post from his House & Hammer blog to give us some ideas how to reduce our plastic use at home:Continue reading