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Quincy’s LED Streetlights


As of today, Quincy has converted more than half of its streetlights to LEDs. Upon completion the project will reduce city government’s electricity usage by 10% and make a big dent in our greenhouse gas emissions. You can follow the progress of LED conversion at the web site below. Areas in blue have already been converted, areas in yellow are scheduled for conversion, and lights in areas in pink–eg, Quincy Shore Drive–are not owned by the city:

QCAN Meets With The Mayor

September 14, 2017

One of our periodic meetings with Mayor Tom Koch–on 14 September 2017. We praised the mayor for the city’s work on energy efficiency and renewables and suggested further projects, including curbside collection/composting of food waste, electric vehicles for the city fleet, and more attention to energy performance in construction of new buildings.

LED Streetlights: Quincy Sun Letter to the Editor

September 13, 2017

Dear Editor,

As of this writing, the conversion of all Quincy streetlights and city-owned floodlights to super-efficient LEDs is more than one-third complete. Quincy Climate Action Network applauds Mayor Koch for this important achievement. Between savings on the city’s electric bill, savings on streetlight maintenance, and incentives from the state and National Grid, the LED conversion will pay for itself in less than six years. After that, the estimated $400,000-plus in annual savings will go into the pockets of taxpayers. Continue reading

Compressor Station: Quincy Sun Letter to the Editor

June 15, 2017

Dear Editor,

For the second time in as many months, the Quincy City Council has spoken out for the future of our planet, as well as sound fiscal management and Quincy residents’ health. On May 1, councilors passed a resolution on the use of electric vehicles in our city fleet, which would save the city money, help clean up the air we breathe, and help reduce the emissions of the greenhouse gases that are causing worldwide climate change. Then on June 2, they passed a resolution related to the justly unpopular plans for the Fore River gas compressor station. Continue reading

Electric Vehicles: Quincy Sun Letter to the Editor

May 11, 2017

Dear Editor:

On May 1 the City Council approved, by a 9-0 vote, a resolution urging Mayor Koch to explore the acquisition of electric vehicles (EVs) for our city fleet. On behalf of Quincy Climate Action Network, I’d like to thank the councilors for their vote, and especially Councilors Joseph Finn, Noel DiBona, and Nina Liang, who cosponsored the resolution. Continue reading

Salem State Professor to Lecture on Snow Cover and Climate Change


NASA satellite image of snow cover, which helps moderate temperatures by reflecting sunlight back into space. Satellite measurements from the 1960s to the present show a 10 percent decline in annual snow cover.

March 15, 2017

Prof. Stephen Young, a geographer from Salem State University, will return to Quincy on March 15, 2017 to deliver a lecture on his original research into climate change. Cosponsored by Quincy Climate Action Network and the Thomas Crane Public Library, the lecture will take place at 7 p.m. at the library in Quincy Center

Two years ago, Young gave a well-received lecture in Quincy on evidence of climate change in New England. This year, he will lecture on how our warming climate is affecting snow cover in the northeast US and eastern Canada. Continue reading