On Thursday July 28, CABA hosted a legislative celebration cookout with USGBC Massachusetts Chapter. For the first time, partner organizations and members were able to join us at our new office space located at the Old West Church. Attendees, including state legislators, city officials, advocates, and business leaders joined us to celebrate the end of a rewarding legislative session.
Just a few days after the BBQ, state policymakers finally passed the comprehensive “omnibus” energy bill. The historic legislation represents an important victory for clean energy and our state’s efforts to reduce emissions. It creates a path for development of offshore wind, as well as hydropower and onshore wind. It also includes several valuable provisions to accelerate repairs of gas leaks, provide long-term financing options for energy efficiency and on-site renewable measures in commercial buildings, and advance energy storage.
This was USGBC’s second annual legislative summer BBQ, and the first partnering with CABA. We hope to partner in this celebration annually and continue to expand the network and support for green buildings and communities. During the event, CABA was able to show its partners and friends around the 200 y.o. church. Namely, a few of our more adventurous CEOs were very excited about the opportunity to go up to the bell tower and ring the 1835-make bell.
Many thanks to Nola’s Fresh Foods, Iggy’s Bread, Harvest Co-op, and Farmhouse Burger Co for donating food for the event. Special thank you to Berklee alumni Sebastian Molnar and Michael Mason for setting the night to jazz music (If you wish to book them for your event, please contact Kate Galbo). Last but not least, huge thanks to Balanced Rock, our member business who helped make this event possible.