Food Waste Composting: A Letter to the Quincy Sun

December 12, 2017

Dear Editor,

The Quincy DPW recently won a grant from the state that allows it to sell backyard composters for $25, half the previous, already discounted price. Whether you garden or just care about the health of our planet, I’d urge you to visit the DPW at 55 Sea Street weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and get yourself one of these great devices—or buy one as a gift. Continue reading

Tale of Two State Reps: A Letter to the Quincy Sun

November 30, 2017

Dear Editor,

Last month, citizen activists from Quincy Climate Action Network met separately with two Quincy state representatives to request their support for pending legislation that will affect public health, electricity costs, and greenhouse gas emissions in our city and state for years to come.  The responses we got from the legislators, Rep. Bruce Ayers and Rep. Tackey Chan, could not have been more different.
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Candidates’ Night 2017

October 19, 2017

See where candidates for Quincy city council stand on environmental issues

The Quincy Climate Action Network hosted a candidates’ night for open city council seats on October 19, 2017. All 12 candidates – six vying for three at-large positions and two contenders each for wards 1, 5 and 6 – attended. They answered QCAN members’ environmental questions, most of which had been sent to them ahead of time. Continue reading

Quincy’s LED Streetlights

10/13/17

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:

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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