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Our Campaigns

100% Renewable

When our communities run on renewable energy, our air will be cleaner, our families will be healthier, and we’ll help prevent the worst impacts of global warming.
Massachusetts should set its sights on 100 percent renewable energy for electricity, heating, and transportation -- the three sectors that are responsible for the vast majority of fossil fuel use in our state. We should take steps right now toward a greener, healthier world, one in which we rely only on pollution-free sources of energy.
A cleaner future is possible

Most of the energy we use today comes from fossil fuels. The lights in our homes, the cars in our garages, and the furnaces in our basements run on oil and gas. Burning fossil fuels releases pollution into the air that harms our health, contributing to asthma, heart attack, premature birth, and a host of other health problems.

Of course, fossil fuels are also warming our climate, with devastating consequences for us and for future generations. If global warming pollution continues at high levels, kids born today could see our oceans rise by up to 10 feet off the coast of Massachusetts within their lifetimes and experience 33 days each summer with temperatures above 100 degrees.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way. Renewable energy is becoming more efficient, affordable, and widespread each year. Instead of burning oil and gas, we can harness pollution-free power from the sun and the wind. We can also cut the amount of energy we use in half by 2050, which will make it easier to repower our lives with clean energy. When our communities run on renewable energy, our air will be cleaner, our families will be healthier, and we’ll have a shot at preventing the worst impacts of global warming.

Block Island Offshore Wind Farm, Wikimedia/Ionna22

For decades, Massachusetts has helped lead the nation in the transition to renewable energy. We were the first state in the country to limit carbon pollution from dirty power plants, and we were among the first to go big on solar and offshore wind. We’ve made a lot of progress, growing solar energy more than 70-fold since 2010. Now, it’s time to set our sights even higher.

And Massachusetts won’t be alone. When we launched our campaign for 100 percent renewable energy in 2016, only one state — Hawaii — had committed to 100 percent clean electricity. Since then, our sister groups Environment California, Environment New Mexico, and Environment Washington have helped pass laws for 100 percent clean electricity in their states. We’ve also won commitments to 100 percent renewable energy from Boston University, Cornell University and the University of California system.

A people-powered movement

To repower Massachusetts with clean energy, it's going to take all of us working together — in our communities, in our schools and workplaces, in our homes, and in the halls of government.

We're building a people-powered movement to push for a cleaner, healthier future that runs on 100% renewable energy. And we’re seeing results:

  • We’ve brought together local officials, business leaders, health professionals, and leaders from the millennial generation to work toward a future powered by renewable energy.
  • We’ve helped pass a bill to increase renewable electricity generation to 40 percent by 2030, expand our commitments to offshore wind energy, and make our appliances more energy-efficient.
  • We’ve worked with students on more than a dozen campuses to push their universities to go 100 percent renewable.
  • Our research reports have documented a growing number of cities and towns taking strong action for clean energy across the Commonwealth.
Boston, MA / National Environmental Energy Laboratory Photo
Renewable energy legislation

On Beacon Hill, we’re 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.

We're working with a broad coalition, including more than 60 organizations and the statewide network Mass Power Forward, to advocate for the 100% Clean Act.

Environment Massachusetts is also supporting:

  • The Better Buildings Act (H.3366, S.2232), filed by Rep. Maria Robinson and Sen. Becca Rausch, which will reduce energy use and harmful pollution from existing large buildings.
  • The GREEN Act (H.3320, S.2152), filed by Rep. Natalie Higgins, Rep. Michael Kushmerek, and Sen. Brendan Crighton, which will retrofit low- and moderate-income housing in Gateway Cities to be efficient, fossil-fuel-free, and powered with renewable electricity.
  • The Solar Neighborhoods Act (H.3278, S.2165), filed by Rep. Mike Connolly, Rep. Jack Lewis, and Sen. Jamie Eldridge, which will require solar roofs on new homes and commercial buildings.

We're also advocating for college campuses to go 100 percent renewable. And we’re giving local activists the tools they need to push for more clean energy in their communities.

Think of how much cleaner our air will be and how much healthier and safer our kids will be when our communities are powered with renewable energy.

Join the movement for 100 percent renewable energy today. Email your legislators and ask them to pass the 100% Clean Act.