Our climate political advocacy program assists member businesses to identify and act on opportunities to advocate for better climate policies. By understanding the legislative process and keeping informed on relevant legislation, businesses are in a position to be well-informed advocates for climate change policy that is better for small business and the local community.
We advocate for climate policies that would create and maintain a resilient and sustainable future for the local business community. Our framework includes promoting renewable energy, opposing new fossil fuel infrastructure, preparing our communities for climate impacts, and putting a price on carbon.
Ready to get started making your business more sustainable? We’ll help you every step of the way. Our approach balances member education and dialogue with public officials. We have three engagement levels that vary in time-commitment and difficulty. We call the the engagement levels “Crawl, Walk, and Run”. Click below to learn about actions you can take at each level.
By the “Run” phase, your business is getting pretty comfortable with political advocacy. Here’s how you can take action:
Testify at a bill hearing
Provide written testimony to a bill hearing
Attend a meeting with a legislator
Setting a price on carbon assigns a fair price to fossil fuels for their associated costs on society in the form of pollution and climate change. We need a strong price incentive to encourage energy suppliers and consumers to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels, moving to more efficient, local energy sources.
Ensuring a Local Economy Resilient to Climate Change Impacts
Small businesses are an important part of our local economy and have unique challenges when it comes to climate change preparation. According to a report released by the American Sustainable Business Council, more than 57% of small businesses do not have emergency plans or have not performed a business impact analysis of climate change. Putting this in perspective, after Hurricane Sandy, 25-30% of all small businesses impacted by the storm went out of business. With this in mind, small businesses have a direct stake in ensuring we are prepared for the impacts of climate change.
Massachusetts uses two mechanisms to encourage the development of solar: net metering and solar incentives. Net metering ensures solar customers receive credit on their utility bills for the excess clean power they feed back to the grid. Unfortunately, Massachusetts “caps” the amount of solar that is eligible for net metering. Capping any industry results in market uncertainty that doesn’t allow the industry to grow to full potential. CABA supports the removal of the net metering cap.
Solar incentives are designed to compensate solar for the benefits they provide to the local economy and the electric grid. Together, these programs have been created a booming solar market that delivers a range of benefits to Massachusetts small businesses.