In Push For Massachusetts Clean Energy Targets, Advocates Point To Pioneer Valley Initiatives

Jul 24, 2019


ValleyBike Share, the regional bicycle share program in six western Massachusetts communities and UMass Amherst, is highlighted as a way to achieve clean transportation.
Credit Umass Amherst

      Environmental advocates and community leaders are highlighting steps cities and towns in western Massachusetts have taken toward a goal of 100 percent renewable energy.

    A report released this week by Environment Massachusetts Research and Policy Center profiled innovative programs undertaken in Amherst, Northampton, Holyoke and other communities.

    The release of the report coincided with a Beacon Hill hearing on a bill to transition Massachusetts to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.

    WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Ben Hellerstein, state director of Environment Massachusetts.