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A regional resource for climate advocates
August 27, 2022
Upcoming Events
Join the Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative on October 28 for our 5th annual Net Zero conference. The virtual (and event will highlight a variety of climate issues facing the Cape and Islands, with discussions on how YOU can make a difference in such urgent times.

Visit our website for updates on the conference, presenters, agenda, and registration -- all coming soon!
Climate Collaborative in the News
CAI's The Point Interview with Climate Collaborative leadership team members Dorothy Savarese and Dan Wolf
Opportunities to protect the Cape & Islands from climate change
CAI- The Point, August 25, 2022

Our region is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. At the same time we have the skill, knowledge and resources to prepare, and hopefully to slow the rate of change.
Mindy Todd, producer and host of CAI's The Point, talks with Savarese and Wolf about takeaways from their recent climate-fact-finding trip to Denmark, how to reduce our carbon footprint, and boost regional economic and workforce development around green energy and technology. Listen here
The Commonwealth & Climate
Baker signs major climate bill into law
By Sabrina Shankman and Dharna Noor, Boston Globe, Updated August 12, 2022

Governor Charlie Baker signed a major climate bill into law on Thursday that will accelerate the clean energy transition in the state by boosting offshore wind and solar, and — in a first for Massachusetts — allowing some cities and towns to ban the use of fossil fuels in new buildings and major renovations.

The legislation also sets up a number of new funds, including one that would increase rebates for electric vehicles, and add an additional rebate for low-income purchasers; another focused on offshore wind procurement; and a third for electric vehicle charging infrastructure deployment. Read more.
National News
How red states will benefit from the climate law
by Kathryn Krawczyk, Energy News Network, August 17, 2022

The Inflation Reduction Act — signed by President Biden — is still poised to benefit red states via financial incentives for wind and solar and tax credits for carbon capture, energy storage and other applications. (Grist, Politico)

  • RENEWABLES: Replacing coal-fired power plant jobs with local wind and solar jobs would add billions of dollars in costs to the clean energy transition yet help to stabilize local economies, according to a new study. (MiBiz)
  • OIL & GAS: A new study finds that Pennsylvania children living near fracking sites at birth were at least twice more likely to be diagnosed with early childhood leukemia than those who weren’t near those operations. (The Hill)
  • ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Illinois’ Climate and Equitable Jobs Act, along with the federal Inflation Reduction Act, give momentum to environmental justice programs that include deploying electric vehicle chargers in Chicago’s disinvested communities. (Energy News Network) Read more. Click here for a summary of the law.
12 Ways the Inflation Reduction Act Will Benefit Birds and People
By National Audubon Society, August 17, 2022
Photo: Scott Suriano/Audubon Photography Awards

The historic legislation will reduce carbon pollution, create jobs, and build new protections from climate threats for birds, people, and the places we need.

The name doesn’t make it obvious, but the Inflation Reduction Act is the most significant climate legislation ever to become law. It also does a lot of other important things. Here are 12 ways this bill benefits birds, people, and the places we need. Read more.
Climate on Capitol Hill
The 'three climateers' represent a new type of climate hawk on Capitol Hill
Analysis by Maxine Joselow and Leigh Ann Caldwell with research by Vanessa Montalbano, Washington Post, August 18, 2022

Meet 'the three climateers’: Sens. Brian Schatz, Martin Heinrich and Sheldon Whitehouse. When the largest climate bill in U.S. history passed the Senate this month, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) choked back tears. “This is a planetary emergency, and this is the first time the federal government has taken action that is worthy of the moment,” he told reporters at the time. “Now I can look my kids in the eye.” Read more.
Local News & Events
Old Kings Highway Historic District Commission set to hear green, energy-efficient workforce housing project in Orleans
Am Hayam Climate Action Committee and Orleans Energy and Climate Action Committee seek your support

Thursday, September 1, 2022 | 6:30 PM
Orleans Town Hall
19 School Road, Orleans, MA 02653

The Am HaYam Climate Justice Committee and Orleans Energy and Climate Action Committee seek advocates for a workforce housing project to be sited at the former Orleans Underground Mall location on Route 6A near the Orleans/Brewster line. The project is climate-forward, with structures to be nearly all-electric including air source heat pumps for heating and cooling, induction stoves for cooking, and electric washers and dryers. The project also contemplates a low-energy, environmentally responsibile design with open cell insulation at walls and ceiings, henry blueskin-adhered housewrap, and a low-nitrogen septic system. The developer, Chris DeSisto seeks approval for a flat roof structure to accommodate solar panels -- a potential point of concern relative to the Old Kings Highway Regional Historic District Commission well-documented opposition to solar panels on structures within its jurisdiction.

If you can, please attend this meeting. Our climate allies in Orleans will appreciate your support of this climate-forward project. Letters of support may also be sent to the attention of Ronald Mgrdichian, Chair, Old Kings Highway Historic District Commission.
It's A Climate Emergency! What Can We Do!
Wellfleet Energy and Climate Action Committee to host series of 3 workshops

Wednesday, August 31, 2022 | ⋅7:00 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, September 28, 7:00 – 8:30
Wellfleet Public Library
55 W Main St, Wellfleet, MA 02667
(Free, seating limited, masks required)

To combat climate change, the Wellfleet Energy and Climate Action Committee is hosting three workshops on how individuals can reduce greenhouse gases to help reaching net-zero emission goal by 2050.

  • Session 1: Household Electrification and Energy ConservationWednesday, August 31⋅7:00 – 8:30 pm. Home heating, cooling, appliances, and conservation, presented in conjunction with the Cape Light Compact.

  • Session 2: Electrifying TransportationWednesday, September 14,⋅7:00 – 8:30 pm. Electric vehicles, how much fun they are, and when they will be less expensive than fossil fuel vehicles? This is the future! Discussion of charging stations and example of a road trip.

  • Session 3: Solar Photovoltaic Arrays, Wednesday - September 28, 7:00 – 8:30 pm. How it works, how much can you save, how to get started, and a Q&A session with PV vendors.

Falmouth Climate Action Network to
hold Climate Book Club
Event is hybrid and all are welcome!

Thursday, September 15, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hermann Foundation Room, Falmouth Public Library
300 Main St, Falmouth, MA 02540

Technology expert, engineer, investor, and best-selling author John Doerr lays out a ten-step plan for averting climate catastrophe. The book gives us the opportunity to discuss real-world solutions developed by innovators, policymakers, and entrepreneurs, and how those ideas can be brought to scale. All are welcome (even if you haven't finished the book).

*Or contact us at with your name, email, town and state to let us know you will be attending.
Orleans Conservation Trust presents
From Coast to Cow: A New Way to Reduce Methane

Tuesday, August 30, 2022 | 6:00 PM
Virtual lecture via Zoom
Register here

Charlotte Quigley, Assistant Director of Center for Seafood Solutions, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, will talk about dairy cows who produce a lot of methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gases heating up our planet. Charlotte will provide an update on a promising initiative from Bigelow Lab in Boothbay, Maine, exploring whether seaweed and algae may provide an answer. How? Feed them to the cows! Read more here.
Planes, Trains & ... Schoolbuses
Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative supports regional educational collaborative EPA application
Cape Cod Collaborative seeks EPA EV School Bus Rebates

Energy, Net Zero & The Public Sector
Target net zero:
A journey to decarbonizing the public sector
By Hauke Engel, Alastair Hamilton, Libbi Lee, and Jonathan Woetzel, McKinsey and Company, August 22, 2022 | Photo: McKinsey & Company

Government organizations can shape decarbonization policies but also help reduce global emissions by transforming their own operations and supply chains...

Under the 2015 Paris Agreement, 192 countries adopted a bold goal: to reduce greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions enough to limit the rise of global temperatures in the 21st century to “well below 2°C above preindustrial levels” while working to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. According to the agreement, based on the best available science, the world must reach net-zero GHG emissions early in the second half of the present century. That will require the transformation of economies and societies alike.
Reducing public-sector emissions could be a vital component of most national decarbonization strategies. Public procurement wields significant purchasing power... Public-sector entities could help to scale up solutions and to increase demand for low-carbon products and services by including their supply chains in decarbonization efforts. operations. However, many public-sector entities could do more to promote full decarbonization and fuel the worldwide transformation toward net zero. Read more
Trainings & Webinars
EBC 4th Annual New England Climate Change and Resiliency Summit

Tuesday, September 13, 2022
9am - 12:30pm (virtual)

Join the fourth annual EBC New England Climate Change and Resiliency Summit, which offers an opportunity to learn how New England is addressing the challenges and opportunities associated with adapting to climate change and reducing vulnerability to climate change impacts, working to meet state and federal greenhouse gas reduction goals, and transitioning to a carbon-free economy. For those in the environmental business community at the frontlines of adaptation and transition, the Summit is a forum to listen, learn, network and ask questions related to rapidly developing policy and programs connected to climate change Learn more here.
Quote of Note

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to
decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

- Dr. Jane Goodall

Climate Innovations
Scientists develop first-of-its-kind air conditioner that uses solid refrigerants
It could someday replace existing A/Cs
Deena Theres, Interesting Engineering, August 23, 2022

Scientists have invented a new form of air conditioning that could massively reduce the environmental harm caused by current AC units. The breakthrough involves replacing harmful hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants with solid-state materials, thus eliminating the need for potent greenhouse gases that are thousands of times more potent than carbon dioxide. Read more.
Oceans & Climate
Decisive progress on the High Seas Biodiversity Treaty
Advanced analytics may help struggling fisheries thrive while simultaneously protecting endangered ocean resources
European Commission on Ocean and Fisheries, News Announcement, August 27, 2022

The 5th Intergovernmental Conference negotiating the UN High Seas Biodiversity Treaty suspended its session with significant progress made in almost all chapters, bringing the international community closer than ever to the Treaty it needs for protecting the ocean, tackling environmental degradation, fighting climate change, and preventing biodiversity loss, including through establishing large-scale marine protected areas. This has resulted in progress these past two weeks that had not been seen before in this negotiation. Read more
The Built Environment
"My Job Is to Police Energy Use in My Office. Here’s How We Got to Net Zero"
By Carlos Gamarra, New York Times, August, 22, 2022

Motivating office workers to get to net zero energy may sound daunting. But by paying close attention to every aspect of our energy use, my co-workers and I have seen how even the smallest actions can have an impact on climate change. We now take pride in the fact that the office’s electricity bill is $0. What’s more, the local utility pays our organization, the Houston Advanced Research Center, over $1,000 a year in rebates for the energy our solar panels provide to the power grid.

Some 40 percent of annual global carbon dioxide emissions come from buildings and construction, and commercial buildings, which have an average life span of 50 to 60 years, account for around 20 percent of U.S. energy use. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that on average, 30 percent of the energy used in these commercial buildings is wasted. Read more.
Land Reclamation & Restoration
Native Groups Seek to Repair Lands Damaged by Colonization
Grady Culhane,, August 25, 2022

The Wampanoag Common Lands project is among efforts by tribes and other Native groups from the Great Plains to the Pacific Northwest seeking to repair lands altered by European colonization.

A Native American conservation group in Massachusetts has received a former Catholic summer camp and is working to restore it to its natural state. Old camp buildings have been torn down and volunteers this summer have been rooting out invasive plant species, replanting indigenous ones and studying the area’s wildlife. The Native Land Conservancy envisions a restored natural environment where Wampanoags can practice cultural ceremonies. Read more.
Faith in Action
Celebrate the Summer of Certification with Interfaith Power & Light(Ok, summer's almost over, but it's not too late to get on board!)

If your congregation has taken steps to reduce your energy use and carbon emissions, apply to be a Certified Cool Congregation. Emissions reductions of 10% or more qualify. Apply to be certified today!

People’s Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan is one of the latest congregations to be certified.
“It started in my first meeting with the Green Sanctuary Committee,” member Tom Hackley says. “‘I said, 'Why don’t we pick something big like net zero by 2030?’ Thinking that everybody would say, 'No we can’t do that,' but everybody said, ‘Great, run with it!’” People’s Church has reduced their emissions by 20% towards their goal of net zero with a detailed plan on how to finance and achieve net zero by 2030. Read their story here.


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