“Massachusetts Action on Climate Change: A discussion of the Commonwealth’s leadership in climate action and plans for the future”

Monday, April 14, 2014

In his talk, the Senator will focus on Massachusetts’ status as a leader on green policies and clean energy practices, as well as plans for future climate legislation.

Speaker: MA Senator Marc R. Pacheco
April 14th, 3:00 PM
Room 203 Morrill Science Center (III), UMass Amherst

Senator Marc R. Pacheco was elected to the Massachusetts Senate in 1992.  He is chairman of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change as well as the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. He was selected by Al Gore in 2007 to become a Climate Messenger and increase awareness of this critical issue.  During his tenure in the Massachusetts Senate, Senator Pacheco was instrumental in initiating, authoring, and securing passage of the 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act, which made Massachusetts a national leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  He is currently sponsoring a bill that will ensure a comprehensive analysis of the most climate-vulnerable sectors in Massachusetts and would establish a climate change adaptation management plan for the state.  The Senator is a UMass alumnus, with an Associate's Degree from the University of Massachusetts-Stockbridge School.

April 14th’s discussion will focus on Massachusetts’ status as a leader on green policies and clean energy practices, including its passage of the Green Communities Act, the Green Jobs Act, as well as the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Commonwealth 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, and 80 percent below our 1990 levels by 2050.  He will also discuss legislation he recently filed that would establish a comprehensive climate change adaptation management plan in the Commonwealth.

"This legislation is a major milestone for Massachusetts, which is already considered a leader nationally and internationally for our initiatives to conserve energy resources, limit greenhouse gas emissions and support clean energy job creation," Chairman Pacheco said. "Where we are lacking, however, is our defense against the threats of climate change that would make sure our built and natural infrastructure remains secure now and in the future. This bill will guide all state administrations, regional agencies and municipalities on best management practices so we will accomplish that goal."

Senator Pacheco’s websites:  
http://www.facebook.com/PachecoFanPage
https://malegislature.gov/People/Profile/mrp0

Information on recent climate adaptation legislation:
http://www.marcpacheco.com/article/pacheco-files-bill-protect-states-eco...
http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/01/state_sen_marc_pachec...

 

--> See UMass press release: http://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/state-sen-marc-pacheco-discuss-c...