CCE Op-Ed in Commonwealth Magazine

Darlene Lombos, the Executive Director of Community Labor United, wrote an editorial piece for Commonwealth Magazine last month about Community Choice Energy and the need for the Mayor’s office to take swift action implementing it for Boston.

As the largest metro area in the state, Boston must play a leading role in meeting our climate goals as a state, while also reducing emissions and increasing resiliency in the city. Through CCE, Boston can expect to increase its clean energy portfolio by at least 5 percent, helping to reach its goal of a 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

You can read the whole article here.

BostonCAN on the News

BNN News interviewed members of BostonCAN as part of a larger piece on climate readiness in Boston in the wake of two recent “Once in a Generation” storms that caused so much flooding.

Storm Prompts Call for Climate Action from Chris Lovett on Vimeo.

BNN interviewed Boston University professor Nathan Phillips, who discussed the need for Community Choice Energy to be acted on more urgently as a critical part of the climate plan for the City of Boston.

Rising Seas Rally in the News

BCAN’s Rising Seas Rally made a splash.

We got picked up by multiple news outlets.  The Boston Globe interviewed our campaign coordinator Andy Bean:

Bean said he hopes the city this year implements the Community Choice Energy plan that Boston’s City Council approved in October 2017, which would increase the amount of renewable energy residents and businesses use without raising costs.

The city has a Climate Action Plan, which aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020 and be carbon neutral by 2050, but Bean said it is overdue for an update.

We were also in the North End Waterfront neighborhood news and Universal Hub.  Attendees were also interviewed by Boston Neighborhood Network News.

Upcoming CCE City Council Hearing

Boston City Councilors Michelle Wu and Matt O’Malley recently filed a new order to monitor the progress of the implementation of CCE for the City of Boston.  The direct result of the order will be a new hearing:

That the appropriate committee of the Boston City Council hold a hearing to discuss the implementation of Community Choice Energy in Boston, and representatives from the Office of Environment, Energy and Open Space and other interested parties and members of the public be invited to testify.

We don’t know when the hearing will take place, but BostonCAN and its allies will need to show up in full force again to let our officials know that we expect them to take quick and resolute action to implement this energy policy as part of their climate mitigation plans.

We’ll keep you posted on when the hearing happens, so check back here in the coming days.


Grassroots Funds Webinar

Tomorrow, January 9th at 12pm, the New England Grassroots Environment Fund is hosting a webinar on community organizing, hosted by their Executive Director Julia Dundorf.
Learn about our Guiding Principles for strong community organizing that increases your impact and revenue. Julia will be joined by Program Director, Nakia Navarro and Program Manager, Ally Philip, who will share available opportunities for support from the Grassroots Fund, from grants to stipends to sponsorship.

What will you learn from this webinar? 

  • What we define as fundable community projects
  • How the Grassroots Fund supports grassroots trainers and community events
  • How to receive a grant from the Grassroots Fund
  • How the Grassroots Fund can serve as your fiscal sponsor
  • How the Grassroots Fund can help you market your upcoming even

Flooding in Boston

Boston began to feel the toll of sea level rise during last week’s winter storm.  The waters came up all over city – in the Seaport, Atlantic Avenue, the South Shore, Neponset, and the North End.

The pictures are pretty astounding.

We’re starting to see these “once in a generation” events several times a year now.   Hurricane Harvey in Texas, the devastation in Puerto Rico, endless wildfires across the west.

In recent interviews with Mayor Walsh and EEOS Chief Blackmon, both officials discussed the storm floods last week, and emphasized the importance of building infrastructure to be able to withstand increased sea levels during winter events.  But neither mention Boston’s role in cutting emissions to help prevent sea level in the first place.

The City will clearly need to prepare for the new reality of higher sea levels – that reality is already here now.  But it will get much worse – too much to handle with bigger sea walls – if we do not act to curb our emissions.

Mayor Walsh and Chief Blackmon must implement Community Choice Energy, as the quickest way to cut greenhouse gases and help stop sea levels from rising past the point of no return.

Joel Wool of Clean Water Action says:

Remember to call, email, vote, tweet, stand up, protest, obstruct, whatever else you can, to keep up the political urgency to fight climate change, to adapt to it. It’s going to take continued action and massive investment. Without your active involvement, the investment that happens is going to protect the 1%. Seriously – be the squeaky wheel. Tell other people to speak up, too.

BCAN 2017 Holiday Party

It was a long year full of victories and defeats. This past month, members of BCAN got together to mark the end of the year, sing songs, and get ourselves ready for 2018. This is us singing Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land together.


We hope your holidays have been bright, and are ready to re-commit with us to fighting for the environment in 2018!

Our next big gathering is a celebration of getting CCE signed.  Join us to help keep the pressure on the City to implement it before the Mayor’s Climate Summit this summer.