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CAPC First Open Forum Meeting, June 15, 7pm

Share your priorities & ideas for Hingham's Climate Action Plan This month, instead of holding a General Meeting, HNZ will support the Climate Action Planning Committee (CAPC) in receiving input from Hingham residents so they can better understand what our community is looking for in a climate action plan. There Read more

Recording: Hingham’s Climate Action Planning Committee with Brad Moyer

What has the Climate Action Planning Committee been working on & what's next? Listen to the recorded presentation by Brad Moyer, Chair of the Climate Action Planning Committee, to find out. Webinar recorded on May 17, 2022, during the HNZ General Meeting. Click to listen to the Recording Feel like Read more

Hingham Net Zero General Meeting, May 17, 7pm

What has the Climate Action Planning Committee been working on & what's next? Please welcome our guest speaker Brad Moyer, Chair of the Climate Action Planning Committee (CAPC), to our May General Meeting.After the presentation, hear about the work which each HNZ subgroup is doing for Hingham. If it is Read more

Recording: Meet Brianna Bennett, our HMLP Sustainability Coordinator

Why does Hingham Light have a Sustainability Coordinator & what does the role entail?  Listen to the recorded presentation by Brianna Bennett, HMLP Sustainability Coordinator, to find out. Webinar recorded on April 26, 2022, during the HNZ General Meeting. Feel like tuning in directly to our subgroup update? Advance the Read more

Hingham Net Zero General Meeting, April 26, 7pm

Why does Hingham Light have a sustainability coordinator & what does the role entail?  Please welcome our guest speaker Brianna Bennett, Sustainability Coordinator for the Hingham Municipal Lighting Plant, to our April General Meeting. After the presentation, hear about the work which each HNZ subgroup is doing for Hingham. If it is Read more

Hingham Net Zero General Meeting, March 16, 7pm

Welcome our guest speaker Brian Simmons, Sales Manager for the innovative manufacturer of zero-emission vehicles Lion Electric, to our March General Meeting.   After the presentation, hear about the work which each HNZ subgroup is doing for Hingham. If it is speaking to you, come onboard! We love to have Read more

Hingham Net Zero General Meeting, January 19, 7pm

Welcome our guest speaker State Representative Joan Meschino to learn firsthand about New Climate Legislation. After the presentation, hear about the work which each HNZ subgroup is doing for Hingham. If it is speaking to you, come onboard! We love to have more people getting involved. An email from hinghamnetzero.org will Read more

Thank you! Amazing Community Support made it happen!

We feel sure we moved the needle, thank you! At its January 13, 2022, budget hearing, the Select Board agreed to include two sustainability positions specified by Town Administrator Tom Mayo to be included in the proposed Town Administration budget. Mr. Mayo proposed that the budget include a Sustainability Coordinator, Read more

Select Board Budget Hearing: January 13, 2022, 6:00pm

The Sustainability Director Position will be discussed during Thursday's Select Board Budget Hearing. We count on you! Show your support by raising your hand. Join the zoom meeting this Thursday, January 13, 2022, 6pm The Sustainability Director Position will be discussed under agenda item #3, 'budget requests for select board'. Read more

Hingham needs a Sustainability Director

Budgets are being decided as we speak. Please ask the Hingham Select Board and Advisory Committee members to include the Sustainability Director position in the FY2023 budgets. The Town’s Climate Action Planning Committee, Cleaner Greener Hingham Committee, and Energy Action Committee all voted to support creating this position and Read more

Hingham Net Zero General Meeting, November 16, 7pm

Hingham Net Zero will be hosting its next general meeting Tuesday, November 16 at 7pm. Welcome our guest speaker Mary Beth Martello, Sustainability Director in Wellesley  to learn more about their Climate Action Plan, how it got started and what Hingham could replicate. An email from hinghamnetzero.org will share the Read more

Recording: The role of a sustainability director

What can Hingham learn from Concord? Hear first hand when Kate Hodges,  assistant town administrator covering the role of the Sustainability Director in Concord, shares Concord's understanding of the Sustainability Director role. Recorded on October 20, 2021, during the October HNZ General Meeting. Click to listen to the Recording

Hingham Net Zero General Meeting, Wednesday October 20, 7pm

Hingham Net Zero will be hosting its next general meeting Wednesday October 20 at 7pm. Welcome our guest speaker Kate Hodges and hear first hand when she tells us Concord's understanding of the Sustainability Director role. An email from hinghamnetzero.org will share the zoom meeting details! Not signed up for Read more

Hingham Net Zero General Meeting: Wednesday May 19 at 7pm

Hingham Net Zero will be hosting its next general meeting Wednesday May 19 at 7pm. We will be celebrating our win at Town Meeting with the passage of the climate action plan article! Join us this Wednesday to cheer about that! And... what's next?  We have a lot of ideas.  Do Read more

Vote Laura Burns for Light Board!

First order of business after Town Meeting: get Laura Burns elected to Light Board! Laura Burns is the cofounder of Hingham Net Zero and is committed to decarbonizing Hingham's energy. As a member of the Light Board she will promote affordability, reliability, and sustainability. Laura has ample experience in public Read more

Passed: Climate Action Plan Warrant Articles!

At Town Meeting on May 8, 2021 Hingham residents voted YES to develop a climate action plan! The town will establish an 11 member Climate Action Planning Committee (CAPC) charged with creating a Climate Action Plan (CAP)— a recommended strategy and series of actions to facilitate a town-wide “net zero” Read more

Climate Action Planning Task Force Info Session

The Climate Action Planning Task Force is hosting a public information session to help residents learn about the Climate Action Plan Warrant Articles at this year's Town Meeting. The Task Force has been critical in focusing the conversation around climate action planning and developing the scope for Hingham to use Read more

The Transformation of the Energy Sector – Why Hingham Needs a Climate Action Plan

by John Borger Originally appeared in the Hingham Anchor (3/14/21) You probably have a smart phone. Take it out. It has many times more computing power and storage space than the personal computer you may have had only 15 years ago, not to mention a fantastic camera, robust Wi-Fi connectivity, Read more

With the Upcoming Vote on the Climate Plan Warrant Articles at Town Meeting, Hingham Needs to Focus

by Laurie Freeman Would you like to hear some great news about climate change? Recent studies including a groundbreaking report by Rewiring America show that we don’t need miracle technologies to address it – we have real solutions now, and if we deploy them rapidly – we can still protect our children from the Read more

An Incomplete Reading, Watching, and Listening Guide

Books, TV, film, youtube, magazines, and podcasts are a great portal to learn about environmentalism and the climate crisis. Whether you are interested in learning the basic science, imagining a post-apocalyptic future, appreciating nature, or exploring solutions there is something out there for you. We have compiled an incomplete list Read more

Special Event: Climate Crisis and its Solutions Webinar

Join us on Tuesday, April 6th at 7:30pm for "The Climate Crisis and its Solutions", a webinar highlighting the current state of the climate crisis as well as promising solutions. Based on the "Truth in 10" presentation from former Vice President Al Gore, Hingham Net Zero's Christin Eigenmann will guide Read more

What Exactly is a Climate Action Plan? A Look at Concord’s Plan…

by John Borger Originally appeared in the Hingham Anchor (2/3/21) and Hingham Journal (3/9/21) We recently commended the Selectmen’s decision to seek approval and resources at Town Meeting for development of a Climate Action Plan (CAP) for Hingham. We provided a brief, generic definition of a CAP. But what might Read more

Hingham Net Zero General Meeting: Wed Mar 17 @ 7pm

Hingham Net Zero will host its next general meeting on Wednesday March 17 at 7pm. We plan to discuss the advisory committee's recommendations on the Climate Action Plan Warrant Articles, Laura Burns' campaign for the light board, and more! We hope to see you there! Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4711356657?pwd=OVFyaDF6ZjdudnB6MUhYak1BYzJ0Zz09 meeting ID: Read more

CALL TO ACTION – Tell the Advisory Committee that you support the Climate Action Plan warrant articles!

The Advisory Committee is a deliberative body chartered by the Town of Hingham General By-laws to consider all articles in any Town Meeting Warrant and to make recommendations on each article as it deems to be in the best interest of the Town. The CAP warrant articles will be discussed Read more

OPPORTUNITY: Communications Internship [FILLED]

This position is now FILLED. If you would like to be considered for future internship opportunities or explore other ways to get involved, please email hinghamnetzero@gmail.com Are you passionate about the climate and have communications experience? You may be the perfect fit for this opportunity! Job Description Length and Location: Read more

Hingham Net Zero monthly meeting moved from Wednesday, Jan 20th to the next day, Thursday, Jan 21, 7 pm

The January meeting, usually the third Wednesday of the month, has been rescheduled this month to the day after, because there are some important events scheduled to occur in the larger universe, and folks would like to be able to attend to them.

The Climate Crisis & Its Solutions with Christin Eigenmann – Tuesday, October 20 at 7:15pm

Hingham Net Zero member and volunteer Climate Reality Leader personally trained by former Vice President Al Gore Join us to learn about the science & solutions to the climate crisis and to find out what actions you can take for Hingham, for the future generations of Hinghamites and for our home planet.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM: Rep. Joan Meschino – 2050 Roadmap Bill

Rep. Joan Meschino will present her 2050 Roadmap Bill, which outlines how our state can achieve NET ZERO emissions by 2050 through establishing intermediate emissions targets, carbon pricing, robust reporting, an inclusion requirement for environmental justice, and more. Please join us on this ZOOM Forum to find out more about Read more

July 7 at 7pm: Hingham Net Zero Virtual Engagement Series: Introduction to Air-Source Heat Pumps

HNZ is observing Blackout Tuesday in honor of black lives lost and postponing our talk. Please visit our website again soon, join our email list or follow us on Facebook to be informed of the new time.   ASHPs are an efficient and green way to heat and cool your home Read more

A Physicians’ Climate Story: Love, Loss, Physiology & Duty

by Ben Kerman  I’m a physician, and as I watched the old man breathing with the ventilator–pasty, white and cold–I could not, had not ever, imagined my father this way. We asked the ICU team to remove the breathing tube and ventilator as my father would have wanted, turned up Read more

May 5, 2020 – HMLP Board Meeting Summary

Special thanks to Light Board member Roger Freeman for providing a summary of their most recent meeting: REC SALES The General Manager, Paul Heanue, reported that he sold Hingham’s Class I Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from our existing wind projects, and bought “Replacement” Class II RECs so that Hingham could Read more

Next HNZ Meeting: Wednesday, April 22 at 7 pm & Summary of Hingham Light Board Meeting

Next Hingham Net Zero meeting - Wed. April 22, 7 pm via Zoom - please email HinghamNetZero@gmail.com for the link to attend. Agenda: discuss our response to light plant action (see report below), hear the plans the forum subcommittee has been working on for community education and ask how we Read more

Hingham Light Board Meeting April 15 7:30 am

Last week the Hingham Light Board voted to make the light plant's power portfolio more carbon-free by retiring the Renewable Energy Credits which come with the renewable energy they purchase, and not selling them on. This decision is once again on the agenda for a special light board meeting this Read more

Update: 3/3 Selectmen’s Meeting

Last night (3/3) the Board of Selectman asked the Town Administrator to create a climate planning task force to move ahead immediately with the project of creating a climate action plan. They considered this a better approach than the warrant article, which proposed getting Town Meeting support for a larger Read more

Tuesday, March 3 – Board of Selectmen meeting, Hingham Town Hall

The Hingham Board of Selectmen will consider what the Energy Action Committee decided at the meeting on March 2.  This will be a really important opportunity for us to show up and show town support for creating a climate action plan, however the town ends up going about it.

Takeaways from Climate Xchange Webinar on Communication of the Climate Crisis

Net Zero-ers Laura Burns and Ben Kerman summarized the webinar for us. Here's what they learned: Messaging: Useful and Not Useful Here are problems with current approaches to discussing climate change, which don't put the human element into the discussion: In many images, there are no humans - just landscapes Read more

Starting on the Road to Net Zero

In the fall of 2019, the town of Hingham's Energy Action Committee asked the Board of Selectmen to approve a project for the committee: to figure out how to make a plan to reduce carbon emissions all across the town. The Selectmen agreed, and the committee will be proposing to Read more

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