Advocacy

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 was passed into law in March 2021. This act - An Act Creating a Next Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy, establishes strong and specific interim goals for emissions reductions, significantly increases protections for Environmental Justice communities across Massachusetts, authorizes the Administration to implement a new, voluntary energy-efficient building code for municipalities and allows the Commonwealth to procure an additional 2,400 Megawatts (MW) of clean, reliable offshore wind energy by 2027. For a summary, click here.

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