Advocacy

Sustainable Marblehead has an Advocacy Committee that is dedicated to gaining deep knowledge of proposed legislation and regulatory policies that affect our mission on the local, state and national levels.

The committee meets on a regular basis to identify those proposals which, if passed or adopted, would best advance the organization’s mission and the working groups’ initiatives.

It acts by educating members and engaging working groups to support these proposals. The committee also works collaboratively with other like-minded organizations and advocates on behalf of Sustainable Marblehead-supported proposals with appointed and elected officials and legislative bodies.

  

The Advocacy Committee tracks the following issues and proposals on behalf of Sustainable Marblehead:

  • All proposals relative to achieving net-zero carbon emissions

  • Alternatives to the building of new fossil fuel infrastructure, including clean energy alternatives to the Peabody Peaker Plant in which the Town of Marblehead has invested

  • Clean energy production and energy efficiency

  • Clean transportation alternatives

  • Clean air and water

  • Reduction of plastics and pesticides

  • Localization of food and energy production

  • Environmental justice

Our allies and other similar groups:

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

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

 

Current Massachusetts Legislation:

S.9 was passed into law in March 2021. This legislation - 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 of clean, reliable offshore wind energy by 2027.

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