Activists Show Support for Green Jobs Bill and Other Causes at State House Lobby Day
July 16, 2011
by Jason Pramas, Open Media Boston
Dozens of labor and community activists showed up in support of a green jobs bill at a hearing of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Energy and Natural Resources at the Massachusetts State House on Thursday. The bill, H. 1774, An Act Regarding Community Access to Energy Efficiency Programs and Green Jobs would require that all utility companies operating in the Commonwealth provide data showing what populations their energy efficiency programs are reaching, and expand access to energy efficiency services by establishing new weatherization goals.
MBTA Expands Bicycle Access on the Blue Line
May 19, 2011
by Jeremy C. Fox, Boston Globe
For the next six months, Blue Line riders will have several extra hours each day when they can bring bicycles onto the train, a move intended to promote urban cycling and ease the transition for those headed to downtown Boston from East Boston and Revere.
Once again, delays leave MBTA riders out in cold
January 26, 2011
by Eric Moskowitz, Boston Globe
A day after equipment failures left thousands of people shivering on platforms in subzero weather, the MBTA stationed extra mechanics and supervisors throughout the system, ran trolleys and subways overnight, and idled commuter rail locomotives, so that they would all be ready to start in the freezing cold yesterday morning. But thousands of commuters were again left waiting.
Coalition Pushes for More Access to Weatherization
'No House Left Behind,' say volunteers in Grove Hall 'Barnraising'
January 27, 2011
by Mike Prokosch, Bay State Banner
Betty Maguire has a problem. As a grandmother living on a fixed income, she can hardly afford her winter heating bills.
Help was found in a new city program, Renew Boston, that promised to plug the cracks and insulate the walls in her drafty old three-family home — for free. But when she applied for Renew Boston’s home weatherization program, they rejected her for “pre-existing conditions” — repairs that needed to be done before an insulation crew could come in.
Beyond Green Jobs
by Julie Quiroz-Martinez, The Public Eye
Everyone wants to be green. Fossil fuel companies tout their commitments to the environment, with BP sporting its green and yellow flower logo and Chevron scooping up a Green Apple award for promoting public-school energy efficiency. In 2009 Exxon-Mobil got itself named Forbes magazine’s Green Company of the Year for stepping up its natural gas production.
Fighting Climate Change and The Recession in Jamaica Plain
Green Justice Coalition Partners Launch Chinatown Weatherization Project
November 14, 2010
by Dave Goodman, Open Media Boston
A driving rain couldn’t prevent about one hundred activists, government, union, and business leaders, and curious passersby on Tuesday November 9th from attending a kick-off ceremony in front of the Chinatown Gate launching the first in a series of home weatherization pilot programs for cities and towns around Massachusetts.
"Justainability" Comes to Chinatown
November 12, 2010
by Mike Prokosch, Open Media Boston
Last Tuesday a hundred people stood in a cold drizzle at the Chinatown Gate and kicked off a neighborhood weatherization project. City, state, and utility company officials praised each other for persevering through a year of negotiations. Chinese workers and the union construction company that hired them cut a red ribbon to start work on over 50 units of housing.
Penn Loh: EJ and TJ
Now 2010 | June 14, 2010
By B. Jesse Clarke, Race, Poverty & the Environment
Penn Loh is a professor at Tufts University's Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. From 1996 to 2009, he served in various roles, including executive director (since 1999) at Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE), a Roxbury-based environmental justice group. He holds an M.S. from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.S. from MIT. Before joining ACE, he was research associate at the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security in Oakland, California.