PLATFORM

Healthy and Sustainable Natural Environments

The Policy

Tami believes that every resident has the right to live on and enjoy a resilient and sustainable planet in a healthy climate that is carbon-free and free of hazards and toxic pollutants in order to equitably meet the food, water, energy, recreational, and other basic needs of people here now and in the future.In order to foster resiliency, livability, and sustainability of our climate and planet, Tami supports:

  • decarbonizing the economy by transitioning housing, transportation, and the grid to 100% renewable energy, grid modernization, and other measures
  • expanding MassSave assessment and investments to include rebates and incentives to encourage installation of clean energy technologies and support for renters
  • expanding wind, solar, heat pumps, geo-thermal, and other technologies to green our economy
  • focusing policies on energy and climate justice to ensure that everyone has access to clean energy
  • no new fossil-fuel based projects and divestment of state pensions from fossil fuels
  • mitigating heat island effect and extreme heat through planting of trees and other measures
  • home solar and storage systems, community energy systems, advanced metering, time varying rates, and smart appliances
  • solid waste reduction and conservation of energy, water, and other natural resources
  • reform of the siting of energy facilities to account for the synergistic effects of multiple nuisance sites in environmental justice communities
  • investing in DOER, DPU, BBRS, and DEP workforce to better meet their mission and to ensure proper permitting, regulatory, inspectional, conservation, and provisions of other services of the Commonwealth
  • requiring all secretariats to have a statement of purpose and priority for programming and funding for health equity and climate justice
  • investing in training programs to foster a robust green energy workforce
  • investing in learning collaboratives to incubate new ideas and innovations in mitigating climate change
  • identifying opportunities, projects, and technologies to support manufacturing, installation, maintenance, repair and construction sector impacts on climate change
  • technical assistance (i.e., technical and financial support) to small organizations and municipalities 
  • programs that mitigate coastal and inland flooding 
  • policies to protect the health of soils and farmlands
  • moratorium on logging on state-owned forest and incentivize private owners to retain mature tree growth
  • expand Cooler Communities and other educational programming in schools and community settings to encourage youth to engage in climate protection activities

Buildings:

  • retrofitting buildings with support through retrofit funds
  • creating pathways for funding to support clean energy and energy efficiency of programs offered by municipal light plants
  • expanding zero carbon infrastructure, such as by passing H2167 passing policies to ensure safe and healthy indoor air quality, such as by passing H3716 
  • passing policies to ensure access to safe drinking water, including well water
  • passing policies to increase energy efficiency of appliances, technologies, and building envelope

Transportation:

  • electrification of public and local transit, including publicly-owned buses as well as school bus fleets
  • investing in public transit, including Regional Transit Authorities, ferries, buses, the Ride, rail, and micro-transit
  • expanding rail, including North-South, East-West, South Coast Rail, and Cape Rail
  • incentivizing adoption of all-electric vehicles by private owners
  • investing in electric charging station infrastructure

Environmental Justice:

  • preventing the dumping of toxic pollutants, including radioactive waste, into any waterway under the jurisdiction of and adjacent to any political subdivision of the state
  • sustaining our fisheries and agriculture
  • investing in sustainable development and smart growth policies to ensure equitable distribution of burdens and benefits of housing, commercial, and other development