100 for 100%

We're asking 100 people in each community to tell us why they support 100% renewable energy. Here's how you can get involved.

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Ben Hellerstein
State Director

Author: Ben Hellerstein

State Director

(617) 747-4368

Started on staff: 2012
B.A., magna cum laude, Carleton College

Ben directs Environment Massachusetts’ efforts to promote clean air, clean water, clean energy and open spaces in Massachusetts. In 2016, he launched a campaign to repower Massachusetts with 100 percent renewable energy. Prior to assuming his current role, Ben led the organization’s effort to get Massachusetts to 20 percent renewable electricity by 2025. His areas of expertise lie in renewable energy and the impacts of fossil fuel pollution, and he has authored reports on clean energy policies at the local, state and federal levels, earning media coverage statewide. Ben lives in Brookline and enjoys exploring the region on foot, by bike and by public transit.

One thing I've learned while working with Environment Massachusetts is that there's strength in numbers.

Right now, we're launching a new project to build people power and supercharge the movement for a clean energy future. We're calling this project "100 for 100%." Keep reading to learn how you can get involved.

What is 100 for 100%?

In cities and towns across the Commonwealth, we're asking 100 people to send us a personal statement about why they want Massachusetts to go 100 percent renewable.

Environment Massachusetts is supporting the 100% Clean Act (H.3288, S.2136), filed by Rep. Marjorie Decker, Rep. Sean Garballey, and Sen. Joseph Boncore. This bill will transition Massachusetts to 100 percent clean electricity by 2035 and 100 percent clean heating and transportation by 2045.

Sharing the reasons why we care about an issue is one of the best ways to convince our elected officials to make it a priority. And by talking about our personal motivations for supporting the transition to clean energy, we can inspire other people to take action, too.

The easiest way to get involved in 100 for 100% is to write a few sentences about why you support 100 percent renewable energy for Massachusetts and submit it through our online form.

We're also encouraging people to get creative. You can record a video. You can sing a song or recite a poem. You can submit an original work of art. Kids can participate, too.

Here are some questions to help you get started:

  • When you think about the impacts of fossil fuels, what are you most concerned about?
  • When you think about renewable energy like solar and wind, what are you most excited about?
  • What will your community look like when it’s powered with 100 percent renewable energy?

Throughout the summer, we'll share these statements on social media and on our website. At the end of the summer, we'll deliver the statements to our elected officials.

We're working to get 100 people in each community to participate. If enough people in enough communities get on board, we'll build the people-powered movement we need to put Massachusetts on track to 100 percent renewable energy.

How can I join?

Here's how you can get involved in 100 for 100%:

First, create your personal statement. It can be as simple as writing a few sentences about why you want Massachusetts to go 100 percent renewable. If you're feeling creative, you can record a video or create a work of art. The more personal you can make it, the better. Kids can participate, too!

Second, submit your statement. You can use our online submission form, or you can email your statement to nbeckwith@environmentmassachusetts.org. Make sure to include a photo of yourself as well as your hometown and your zip code.

Finally, help us spread the word. Ask your friends and family to submit their own statements. Tell your church group or your neighborhood association about it. Share this page on Facebook or Twitter. With your help, we can collect 100 statements from your community.

After you join 100 for 100%, we'll keep you updated on our progress and invite you to our end-of-summer celebration.

Any questions? Email Noah at nbeckwith@environmentmassachusetts.org.

It starts with you.

Imagine 100 people in your community taking a stand for a clean energy future. Then, imagine the same thing happening in cities and towns across Massachusetts. Think of thousands of people coming together for a healthier, safer future powered by renewable energy.

And it all starts with one person: You.

Join 100 for 100% today.

Ben Hellerstein
State Director

Author: Ben Hellerstein

State Director

(617) 747-4368

Started on staff: 2012
B.A., magna cum laude, Carleton College

Ben directs Environment Massachusetts’ efforts to promote clean air, clean water, clean energy and open spaces in Massachusetts. In 2016, he launched a campaign to repower Massachusetts with 100 percent renewable energy. Prior to assuming his current role, Ben led the organization’s effort to get Massachusetts to 20 percent renewable electricity by 2025. His areas of expertise lie in renewable energy and the impacts of fossil fuel pollution, and he has authored reports on clean energy policies at the local, state and federal levels, earning media coverage statewide. Ben lives in Brookline and enjoys exploring the region on foot, by bike and by public transit.