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ELM Wednesday Webinars | Session 8: Perspectives on Clean Energy & Climate Policy: Federal, State, & Local
For 121 years, the Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) has been committed to making Massachusetts a nation-leading example for environmental policy. ELM is continuing to convene thought-provoking and timely forums on environmental issues during this period of uncertainty. To that end, ELM is launching a weekly "Wednesday Webinars" series. Experts from a diverse array of sectors and experiences will join our staff for online discussions each Wednesday from 12-1pm.

While we can't be together in person, we invite you to join us virtually to learn about the intersectional issues of climate, health, journalism, the economy, activism, and more.

In this "Session 8: Perspectives on Clean Energy & Climate Policy", join ELM as we hear from a panel of three legislators representing citizens of MA at different jurisdictions. From land protection to environmental justice, renewable energy to climate resilience, the decisions made by our elected officials impact our communities and planet. We'll hear the federal perspective from U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern, insight from the state level from MA State Representative Tom Golden, and the local angle from Quincy City Councilor Nina Liang.

The webinar will be moderated by ELM's Assistant Vice President of Government Affairs Casey Bowers.

Learn more about ELM: https://www.environmentalleague.org/

May 27, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Jim McGovern
U.S. Congressman for MA @U.S. House of Representatives
Jim was born and raised in Worcester. First elected to Congress in 1996, he has fought tirelessly for the people of MA and has earned the respect and trust of his colleagues – including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who named him Chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee. Jim believes that climate change is an urgent threat to our planet. He believes that we can fight it by investing in clean energy and taking bold steps to reduce pollution. As a member of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, Jim has worked to combat climate change and was a proud supporter of the Paris Climate Agreement. Since Jim’s first term, he has led the fight to protect the funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund -- the main source of funding for federal recreational land acquisition by the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Forest Service. He has spent over 20 years fighting to protect our open spaces, parks, and recreation areas.
Tom Golden
State Representative @MA 16th Middlesex District
A lifelong resident of Lowell, Tom serves as State Rep. for the 16th Middlesex District which includes Lowell and Chelmsford. In 2015, he was appointed as the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities & Energy (TUE). During his tenure as Chairman, Tom worked with his colleagues to pass An Act Relative to Solar Energy as well as An Act Relative to Energy Diversity, both signed into law by Governor Baker in 2016. The former increased solar deployment and contained costs; the latter established the framework for the largest procurement of clean energy in state history, including 1600 MW of offshore wind and 1200 MW of hydropower. As Chairman, Tom collaborated with his colleagues to pass the 2018 An Act to Advance Clean Energy. Among many provisions, it establishes an energy storage target of 1,000 MWh, creates a Clean Peak Standard to pair storage with clean energy resources, doubles the RPS through 2029, and authorizes 1600 more MW of offshore wind.
Nina Liang
City Councilor @City of Quincy, MA
Nina is a lifelong resident of Quincy and the first and only Chinese-American City Councilor elected in her hometown. Since 2015, Nina has had the privilege of serving as an At-Large City Councilor for her hometown. As City Councilor, Nina works on behalf of all residents of Quincy, and she has made it her mission to make city government more accessible and transparent to everyone who calls Quincy home. A child of immigrants, Nina has experienced first-hand the challenges minority children and families face. She works to make creating a resilient community a priority for the City Council. She’s committed to reducing emissions in an equitable, accessible manner. She chairs City Council’s ordinance committee, which passed a municipal plastic bag ban in 2019. Nina understands that it takes collaborative efforts among our local organizations, neighborhood and civic associations, businesses and public service facilities to better address the needs of Quincy’s diverse population.