Sustainable Marblehead has an Advocacy whose job it is to stay informed about legislation and regulatory policies that affect sustainability on a local, state, and national level. The group makes recommendations to the Sustainable Marblehead Board of Directors and works collaboratively with other like-minded organizations to move forward those initiatives the Board of Directors believes are a priority. Members also engage with our town, state, and federal representatives to represent Sustainable Marblehead’s position and concerns.


Among the issues the Advocacy tracks are:

  • Proposals to reduce environmental degradation

  • Regulation of home and office toxins

  • Legislative processes to ensure transparency

  • Carbon fee and dividend proposals

  • Net-zero energy stretch building codes

  • Electrification of transportation

  • Home energy audits and energy efficiency initiatives

  • Proposals to move us to 100% renewable energy


Our Allies:

  • State Senator Brendan Crighton and State Representative Lori Ehrlich

  • State Environmental Groups: Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN), 350MASS, MassPowerForward, ClimateXchange, Citizens Climate Lobby, Clean Water Action, Sierra Club, HealthLink

  • Local Groups: Marblehead League of Women Voters, Marblehead Ministerial Association, Salem Sound Coastwatch, SPUR, SAFE


Current issues in Marblehead:

  • Reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2040

  • De-carbonizing building heating and cooling

  • De-carbonizing our transportation sector

  • Hiring of a town sustainability manager

  • Reducing waste and pollution


Current Massachusetts Legislation:

  • S.9, An Act creating a next-generation roadmap for Massachusetts climate policy. This bill is strongly supported by Sustainable Marblehead and many other organizations. A previous version of the bill was vetoed by Governor Baker in the last legislative session, but it has been refiled and is awaiting further action by the Governor and Legislature. 

For a partial list of other organizations involved in lobbying for sustainability issues on a state and national scale please click here.