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Dear <<First Name>>,

Built Environment Plus encourages you to add your signature to a letter in support of An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy. You may have signed our Net Zero letter in the past, this is the next step!

This bill comes back after six months of private talks with legislative negotiators reaching an agreement on a major bill to accelerate the state's pace toward addressing climate change. The bill would establish in state law a "net zero" greenhouse gas emissions limit for 2050 and establish statewide emissions limits every five years over the next three decades.

As we all know, any building not built to net zero standards is going in the opposite direction from Massachusetts’ Climate Goals. Mandating the promulgation of a local option "net zero stretch energy code," including a definition of "net zero building," shifting responsibility for stretch energy code development to DOER, adding seats to the BBRS with energy expertise, writing environmental justice into MA law, along with providing funds for clean energy workforce development, will all give the building community the tools needed to ensure we design and build to net zero standards.

As an individual or company involved in the design, construction, maintenance and operation of buildings around the state, we encourage you to share your voice to the governor in getting his signature on this bill that provides a toolkit for meeting the Commonwealth’s goal of net zero emissions by 2050.  Many of us are already designing, building and operating net zero buildings, today, that make sense for the economy as well as the environment. In 2019, our community advocated for creating a net zero stretch code, in 2020, we submitted a net zero stretch code proposal to the BBRS and now in 2021 we are encouraging the governor to sign this legislation.
 
Please add your name as an individual, or add your firm, business, or organization to the signatories list by end of day January 6th.
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Additional ways to make your voice heard:
  • Write Governor Baker: You may also send a letter to the Governor separately, or email him via the state’s platform selecting “Comment” and “Other” and then indicating your support of the Bill An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy. Please include your business name and location in the state, and if relevant, if you currently lead net zero efforts.
  • Call Governor Baker and get others to also: (617) 725-4005. Tell him: My name is [name] and I’m calling from [town]. Please sign An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy into law without any amendments.  This is important to me because…
  • Post on Social Media: Retweet this tweet from @MassClimate, or our call to action tweet, or better, Tag the Governor in your own social media post - we hope that you'll do this! If you don't, please invite others in your life/organization/network to join in!
    • Tag Governor Baker on Twitter using his twitter handle: @MassGovernor
    • Add #NextGenerationRoadmap, #NetZero stretch code, #EnvironmentalJustice
    • Tag leaders @tomtipagolde, @BarrettSenate, @rephaddad, @cindycreem, @PatrickMOConnor, @RepBradJones
If you want additional information please contact Meredith Elbaum at meredith@builtenvironmentplus.org. 

Thank you,
Meredith



Executive Director, AIA, LEED AP
Built Environment Plus
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