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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 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



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。)



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

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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; 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!

Watch Quincy candidates talk climate plans

On October 7, 2021, candidates for Quincy city council answered environmental questions posed by QCAN and other local groups.

You can watch the full video here (at-large candidates appear in the first half; ward candidates in the second). You can also watch four of the six candidates for school committee answer QCAN’s climate questions here.

You can click on a candidate’s name below to see them answer specific questions.

On how climate change is affecting the city
At-large candidates: Noel DiBona | Bill Burke | Anne Mahoney | Nina Liang

On whether our city is prepared for climate change
At-large candidates: Anne Mahoney | Nina Liang | Bill Burke | Noel Dibona

On communicating with residents about climate risks
At-large candidates: Bill Burke | Noel Dibona | Nina Liang | Anne Mahoney 

On campaign contributions
At-large candidates: Nina Liang | Anne Mahoney | Bill Burke | Noel Dibona
Ward candidates: Brian Palmucci | Chuck Phelan | Steve Christo | Dave McCarthy | Joe Murphy | Steve Perdios | Anthony Andronico

On investing in safe, connected transportation options
At-large candidates: Noel Dibona | Bill Burke | Anne Mahoney | Nina Liang

On city ordinances and property purchases in flood-prone areas
At-large candidates: Anne Mahoney | Nina Liang | Noel Dibona | Bill Burke
Ward candidates: Joe Murphy | Dave McCarthy

On emissions from large buildings
At-large candidates: Bill Burke | Noel Dibona | Nina Liang | Anne Mahoney

On the first thing they will do for the environment if elected
At-large candidates: Noel Dibona | Bill Burke | Anne Mahoney | Nina Liang
Ward candidates: Joe Murphy | Dave McCarthy | Anthony Andronico | Steve Perdios | Steve Christo | Chuck Phelan | Brian Palmucci

On something they have done to help the environment
Ward candidates: Dave McCarthy | Joe Murphy | Anthony Andronico | Steve Perdios | Brian Palmucci | Steve Christo | Chuck Phelan

On environmental inequities
At-large candidates: Nina Liang | Anne Mahoney | Bill Burke | Noel Dibona
Ward candidates: Chuck Phelan | Steve Christo | Brian Palmucci | Steve Perdios | Anthony Andronico | Joe Murphy | Dave McCarthy

On a net-zero stretch code
At-large candidates: Steve Christo | Chuck Phelan | Brian Palmucci
Ward candidates: Anthony Andronico | Steve Perdios | Dave McCarthy | Joe Murphy

On increasing the use of public transportation
Ward candidates: Chuck Phelan | Steve Christo

On funding for tree inventory and maintenance
Ward candidates: Steve Perdios | Anthony Andronico

Please make sure you’re registered to vote in the Nov. 2 election, and ask your friends to do the same!

Council candidates to tackle climate issues on Oct. 7

September 24, 2021

City council candidates will answer questions about local climate and environmental issues in an online forum on October 7 at 7 pm. Quincy Climate Action Network is hosting the event on Zoom, Facebook, and YouTube, with questions submitted by other local organizations as well.

All but one of the city council candidates are expected to attend, including at-large candidates William Burke, Noel DiBona, Nina Liang, and Anne Mahoney; Ward 1 candidates David McCarthy and Joseph Murphy; Ward 2 candidates Anthony Andronico and Steven Perdios; Ward 3’s Ian Cain; Ward 4’s Brian Palmucci; and Ward 5 candidates Stephen Christo and Charles Phelan. 

The event will feature questions from QCAN as well as Quincycles, Quincy For Transformative Change, Quincy Making Waves, and Quincy Tree Alliance. As in previous QCAN political forums, candidates will receive most questions ahead of time so they have time to research their answers.

“This year’s extreme weather events have really driven home how urgent the climate crisis is,” says QCAN board member Julie Mallozzi. “There is so much we can do locally to help prevent the worst from happening, so it’s important that we hear from our city council candidates about what they will do to help mitigate Quincy’s climate impact and prepare us for a sustainable future.”

To tune in on October 7 at 7 pm, visit or QCAN’s Facebook or YouTube pages. After the event, you can watch the entire recording as well as video clips at, or the whole event at The election will take place on November 2 and will feature not only candidates for all city council seats but also a competitive race for three school committee seats (see school committee candidates’ responses to climate questions).