AMHERST, Mass. – State Sen. Marc R. Pacheco, D-Taunton, chair of the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, will speak on the Commonwealth’s climate action and future plans on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus on Monday, April 14 at 3 p.m. in 203 Morrill Science Center.
The senator’s talk, “Massachusetts Action on Climate Change: A Discussion of the Commonwealth’s Leadership in Climate Action and Plans for the Future,” will focus on the state as a leader on green policies and clean energy practices, including passage of the Green Communities Act, the Green Jobs Act and the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008. The last set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Commonwealth 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.
Pacheco, an alumnus of the UMass Amherst Stockbridge School, will also discuss legislation he recently filed that would establish a comprehensive climate change adaptation management plan in the Commonwealth. Co-sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Sen. Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst), state Rep. Frank Smizik (D-Brookline), chair of the House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, and several other legislators, the bill would ensure a comprehensive analysis of the most climate-vulnerable sectors in Massachusetts and would establish a climate change adaptation management plan for the state.
Pacheco says, “This legislation is a major milestone for Massachusetts, which is already considered a leader nationally and internationally for our initiatives to conserve energy resources, limit greenhouse gas emissions and support clean energy job creation. Where we are lacking, however, is our defense against the threats of climate change that would make sure our built and natural infrastructure remains secure now and in the future. This bill will guide all state administrations, regional agencies and municipalities on best management practices so we will accomplish that goal.”
Pacheco was elected to the Massachusetts Senate in 1992. In 2007, Al Gore selected him to become a Climate Messenger and increase awareness of the critical issue of climate change. Pacheco was instrumental in initiating, authoring, and securing passage of the 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act, which made Massachusetts a national leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.