July 2014


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T O P   S T O R I E S

$2,500 Rebate for Buying or Leasing an
Electric Car in Massachusetts

PhotoThinking about buying or leasing a plug-in electric vehicle (EV)? Massachusetts has just launched a new program that will make you eligible for a rebate of $1,500 to $2,500 if you purchase or lease an EV. In addition to much lower fueling costs (electricity vs gasoline) and the federal tax credit of up to $7,500 for the purchase of an EV, this new incentive will make EVs even more cost-competitive in the Commonwealth. Click here for more.

Special Events

Bottle Bill Update
Petition Submission Event
Wed. July 2, 1pm-2pm
One Ashburton Place, Boston
Click here for a map: http://goo.gl/maps/dOi57
RSVPs encouraged at: http://j.mp/UBB-July2

We're about to take the final step in placing the bottle bill update on the ballot - delivering the signatures. We’ll meet on the steps of 1 Ashburton Place, announce the results of the petition drive to the media, and then deliver the signatures to the Secretary of State. We’ve all worked very hard for this day, and deserve to be here for this event. NOTE: A last minute action by the legislature could preempt this meeting. Visit www.massbottlebill.org or https://www.facebook.com/BottleBill for any last minute changes.

Plastic Bag Ban - Day of Action
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 10:30am
State House, Boston
Despite strong public support for a ban on single use plastic catrryout bags, this bill is stalled in the Legislature. Join other Sierra Club members as we visit legislators offices to drop off reusable bags and informational literature on plastic bags. Meeting place will be provided when you sign up. Contact phil@sierraclubmass2.org

Save Energy and Money with Next Step Living
The Sierra Club is working with Next Step Living to promote energy efficiency measures in thousands of Massachusetts homes using federal and state tax benefits and cost cutting programs. Help yourself and your Chapter by signing up today for a free home energy audit, to lower your energy bills while reducing your environmental impact. Each free audit and Next Step Living purchase initiated though this website benefits the Massachusetts Chapter!

Now is the time to Go Solar!
GO SOLAR with the Sierra Club's Home Solar initiative with Sungevity. Solar costs have come down and government incentives have made the installation of solar panels a smart financial decision. You can now install a solar system on your rooftop for a fraction of what it used to cost. Within minutes after installation, you'll become a clean-energy producer, even selling power back to your electric company.  Click here to learn more. Special Offer - Sign up now and you'll receive a $750 cash gift card (and Sierra Club receives $750 as well!). Request your quote now and find out how solar is more affordable than ever.


E V E N T S   &   M E E T I N G S

 Other Mass
Chapter Pages

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Beyond Coal Mass.
Ban Plastic Bags
Bottle Bill


Special Events

Mother Earth's Health and Safety Show
Saturday, August 16, 2014, 9:00 am until noon
Unitarian Universalist Church in Falmouth
Environmental health and safety show includes Red Cross blood drive and Sierra Club exhibit with information about climate change, hazardous chemicals, population issues, and other health and safety topics. Free. Open to the public. Robert Murphy murphydalzell@aol.com

Plastic Bag Ban - Day of Action
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 10:30am
State House, Boston
See listing at the top of this email

The Bottle Bill Update Petition Submission Event
Wed. July 2, 1pm-2pm
One Ashburton Place, Boston
See listing at the top of this email

Committee Meetings

Greater Boston Group Executive Committee Meeting
Tues. July 8, 2014, 7:00pm
Chapter Office, 10 Milk Street, Suite 417, Boston
Free and open to all Sierra Club members. Contact tracypaulsen@gmail.com

Chapter Political Committee
Tues. July 8, 2014, 6:30pm
Chapter Office, 10 Milk Street, Suite 417, Boston
Help elect green candidates by endorsements and support cpc@sierraclubmass2.org 

Cape Cod and Islands Group Meeting
Monday, July 14, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Future meetings on August 11, September 8
Unitarian Universalist Church in Chatham
Review proposed letter on climate change and environmental justice. Discuss plastic bags, hazardous chemicals, ocean and coastal issues, and involvement in Mother Earth's Health and Safety Show on August 16. Contact Bob Murphymurphydalzell@aol.com  (508) 563-5948

Massachusetts Chapter Executive Committee Meeting
Next meeting Tues. July 22, 2014, 5:30pm
Future meetings: 9/14 at 2pm; 11/11 at 5:30 pm
Chapter Office, 10 Milk Street, Suite 417, Boston
Free and open to all Sierra Club members. The agenda will include issues in the central part of the state. Ask questions, make suggestions, find out what you can do. Updates on our work to protect the environment. Contact Roxanne Zak chapter-chair@sierraclubmass2.org

Transportation Committee Meeting
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Chapter Office, 10 Milk Street 417, Boston
Use 294 Washington St. entrance
The highways that are built to sustain our sprawling suburbs add to our pollution and energy problems, and increase our dependence on an auto-centric way of life which is unhealthy, anti-social, and unsustainable. Join us to help encourage public transit and pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly neighborhoods throughout the state. John Kyper jkyper47@gmail.com.

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