Green Acton Meeting Ground Rules
Approved at February 2018 Meeting
Consensus requires bringing all of our best thinking to bear on identifying how the group will proceed on any given question or issue. Each group has its own way of accomplishing this. Continue reading →
Please see attached letter from the U.S. Board on Geographic Names accepting our proposal to make official the name, Marys Brook (apostrophes are not allowed) for the perennial stream that flows from Main Street in Acton, through the Acton Arboretum, joining with Coles Brook near Taylor Road and Route 2 (map attached).
The brook is named for Mary S. Michelman 2/14/1960 – 12/17/2010, Acton citizen, former president of Acton Citizens for Environmental Safety (ACES), founder of Acton Stream Teams, and assiduous environmental activist who fought for clean water in Acton.
Green Acton held its first retreat on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at the Assabet Valley Nature Preserve in Sudbury, MA. The retreat ran from 10am to 4pm and was facilitated by Sarah Bursky, a community planner who works for the National Park Service. Sarah has close to 20 years experience in capacity building for nonprofit organizations and networks, in particular in the areas of program management, conservation planning, and community engagement.
Attendees were Jim Snyder-Grant, Sue Cudmore, Lori Fassman, Debra Simes, Steve Long, Franny Osman, Sarah Bursky (facilitator), Debby Andell, Karen Herther, Sue Jick, Danny Factor, and Kim Kastens.
We spent the day identifying our top priorities and brainstorming about how to tackle our long wish list, how to engage new members and raise awareness about Green Acton in the community.
The greenacton.org website is built on top of WordPress, a free and open source content management system that allows our writers and editors to work on portions of the website as if they were using a basic word processor. Continue reading →
First Lego League 6th grade girls’ team presentation: Microfiber pollution of oceans. All from different schools. There are three parts to this team’s competition project: (1) the project they’re presenting today, for which they had to research a problem within the theme of interaction between humans and animals (“animal allies”). They chose how microfibers (tiny plastic shards from fleece clothing) can end up in the ocean, be eaten by organisms, and then move up the food chain. They did a presentation in the form of a skit; (2) a robot game, on the same theme (animal allies), in which robots have to complete missions; (3) sharing their project with their communities. Continue reading →
At the October 2016 Green Acton meeting, State Senator Jamie Eldridge spoke on “green” initiatives and bills pending at State House.
Positive steps, if underwhelming, from last session
In Aug., Gov. Baker signed the omnibus energy bill, which included 1,600 MW of offshore wind and 1,200MW of hydropower.
Eldridge’s gas leaks language was included in this law., which requires that Grade 3 (low level) gas leaks be evaluated not only for safety risk, but also, for significant environmental impact, and must be addressed.
Not in the bill: an increase in the RPS (Renewable Portfolio Standard)
Not in the bill: a ban on ratepayers funding new natural gas pipelines
Solar net metering bill (a compromise) passed and was signed
Increased the cap on commercial solar, but not for community solar; helps the well off with big roofs, but not the less–well off.
Reimbursement rate was reduced
Stopped the government from moving wastewater monitoring from EPA to DEP. DEP staff has been decimated, so moving to DEP would have been, de facto, a move to less monitoring.
Working on now
Zero emission vehicle bill. Will encourage by allowing to drive in HOV lanes and other advantages
Plastic bag ban. Didn’t pass, but will be back. Cities and towns are passing such bans, and the Massachusetts Grocers Association may soon prefer a statewide ban to piecemeal bans.
Gas leaks. Whenever the roads are ripped up for any reason, the utilities would have to go in and repair/replace old gas lines.
Pipeline issue. Prohibit companies from charging ratepayers for costs of new pipelines (Spectra pipeline still alive).
Droughts, and measures for response to future droughts.
The Articles of Incorporation are filed with the Secretary of State’s office. The two most important ones are also here: Article II (the purposes of the corporation) and Article IV (additional provisions) Continue reading →