Addressing the effects of climate change on Massachusetts requires a comprehensive, sustained effort. Mass Audubon is uniquely suited to demonstrate and advocate for actions that prepare for climate change and avoid the worst impacts.
Since 2003, Mass Audubon has reduced its annual carbon emissions from its buildings and vehicles by about 50 percent. We did this through means available to all Massachusetts residents: by conserving energy, by producing energy with solar panels, and by purchasing electricity from renewable sources.
Accomplishments in FY 2017 include, but are not limited to:
- Provided educational programs to community groups, educators, local leaders, and students explaining the climate challenges and solutions relevant to Massachusetts.
- Completed work on the Building Climate Action Communities project, an EPA-funded partnership with the Audubon Society of Rhode Island and the Connecticut Audubon Society to help environmental educators integrate climate change into their programming.
- Advocating for legislation that would help Bay Staters adapt to climate change and avoid its worst impacts through a Comprehensive Adaptation Management Plan (CAMP). Continue to support the Governor’s Executive Order 569 and the administration’s ongoing work toward the same goal.
- Became certified to provide support for municipalities through the Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program, which gives assists communities in addressing the challenges of climate change and prioritizing actions to create a safer and more resilient future.
- Supported efforts to increase awareness to climate change and the importance of open space protection in the most rapidly developing areas of the state, working with a network of decision makers and community officials.
- Presented 26 workshops focused on climate change and resilience for people and nature through our Shaping the Future of Your Community program. Approximately 687 attendees from more than 82 communities learned about how they can prepare and avoid impacts of climate change through land conservation and improved development practices.
- Brought the total number of Mass Audubon members and supporters buying green electricity through our Make the Switch program to 839. Collectively, these members prevented 1.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually, roughly equivalent to the amount emitted in burning 91,000 gallons of gasoline.
- Powered all Mass Audubon facilities with 100% renewable energy. The 30-plus photovoltaic arrays produced over 372,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity, about 37% of our annual electricity usage and roughly the amount of energy used by 51 Massachusetts homes in a year. We purchase the remainder of our energy from renewable sources through Green Energy Consumers Alliance.