Clean Energy and Climate Justice

The way we currently produce and use energy in the U.S. significantly contributes to the climate crisis and pollutes our water, air and communities. It also disproportionately harms low-income communities and communities of color. We believe that frontline and EJ communities should be protected and prioritized when it comes to addressing climate challenges. Many BIPOC and low-income communities struggle with high asthma rates and a lack of access to clean water and healthy foods. These are examples of environmental injustice. Clean Water strives to center the needs of underserved and marginalized communities in decision-making processes and work with trusted community leaders to address environmental and health issues caused by pollution and climate change. Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund are advancing solutions that reduce pollution in Massachusetts and make a clean energy future available to all. This includes:

  • Growing the green economy--including solar energy, energy efficiency and affordable public transit--and making it accessible to all communities;
  • Fighting for a just transition to clean energy while opposing systemic environmental injustices and expansion of polluting fossil fuels;
  • Ensuring a voice for marginalized communities during policy-making that affects them;
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Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency means using less energy to perform the same task.

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Air Quality

Transportation emissions lead to poor indoor and outdoor air quality, disproportionately affecting low-income and BIPOC neighborhoods, and especially impacting children at home and school every day.

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Environmental Justice and Siting Reform

Too often polluting power plants, electrical substations, and gas compressor stations are concentrated in communities where people of color, low-income people, and limited English proficient speakers live and work.

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New England for Offshore Wind

Clean Water Action is a leading partner in a new coalition dedicated to building out offshore wind power to meet our growing clean energy needs.

From We All Live Downstream

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May 3, 2021

Every year in May, World Asthma Day is held to raise awareness about asthma around the globe.

Massachusetts Youth Climate Strike
March 19, 2021

In a saga that has been playing out since the close of 2020, this week, both chambers of the Massachusetts legislature passed the Next-Generation Roadmap Climate bill with its vital environmental justice reforms intact! Thank you to Clean Water's members and allies for all the calls, letters, emails, and tweets that helped push our legislative leaders to stand firm. A particular shout out to our youngest members for speaking up for their generation who will be most impacted by our actions today to fight the climate crisis -- we all need to act urgently with YOUR future in mind.

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December 9, 2020

You may have called upon the services of Mass Save.  Free of charge, they will send someone out to your house and evaluate the efficiency of your home or business, replace your light bulbs with high efficiency LEDs and give recommendations on how to increase the efficiency of your home.