Sustainability and Climate Action

The Biomass Resolution proposed by LWVA was passed, in slightly revised form, by the Amherst Town Council on February 8, 2021.

LWVA's Sustainability and Climate Action Committee urges the Amherst Town Council to pass a resolution protesting the use of state subsidies for energy generation from woody biomass.

Local Leagues are telling the conference committee responsible for reconciling the Senate and House climate bills passed earlier this year that biomass energy must be removed from the list of “non-carbon emitting fuels.”

Detailed amendments for the state Renewable Portfolio Standard for biomass may seem like getting down into weedy domains best left to the experts. But are they?

The proposed purchase is aligned with League positions on the Climate Emergency and the Connecticut River watershed.

LWVA supports Amherst's climate action goals.

On a beautiful autumn Saturday morning, 100-150 volunteers converged on Groff Park in Amherst for the Fort River Watershed's section of the Connecticut River Conservancy's Source to Sea Cleanup, armed with large plastic bags.

A program to promote open talk about climate change and suggest what individuals can do in the public arena.

The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts supports several pieces of legislation that will benefit the Connecticut River and its environs. The first bill creates a statewide sewage discharge notification system and promotes awareness of sewage pollution in public waters (H751/S490). The second promotes water conservation during droughts by maintaining adequate water supplies through more effective drought management (H762/S535). The third bill establishes a "water-banking" fee on large scale water users, a measure that will provide for a sustainable water resources funds (H1761).

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