Quincy Climate Action Network came together in early 2012 in response to the city’s abandonment of plans for a 1.5 megawatt wind turbine on Moon Island.
Q-CAN has one goal: to promote energy conservation, energy efficiency, and the use of renewable energy by government, business, and private citizens — our neighbors. Since our founding we have made our views known in the media and in several meetings with city officials. In addition, many QCAN members serve on the mayor’s Climate Change Committee, finding ways to reduce fossil fuel usage and increase the production of clean renewable energy in our city.
As always, we welcome Quincy residents and others to our monthly meetings, and we are looking for new members to bring the ideas and energy to our projects and endeavors. For more information or to join, please contact info@QuincyCAN.org.
QCAN Press Release:
October 28, 2013
In response to a five-part questionnaire from the Quincy Climate Action Network (QCAN), school committee candidates Emily Lebo and Ann Mahoney detailed their support for a green energy agenda for Quincy Public Schools, including energy education, renewable energy production, and programs aimed at lowering energy use. The two other candidates, Barbara Isola and Noel DiBona, who also received the questionnaire, offered brief statements of support for green programs in the schools but no direct answers to the questionnaire items.
Energy in the Curriculum
In her response to the questionnaire, Emily Lebo wrote that “the Next Generation Science Standards, although not yet fully released, have a significant amount of content on energy efficiency, and I will be happy to see those in place.” Ann Mahoney called for energy education across the Quincy Public Schools curriculum. “Alternative energy, energy use and the path to efficiency, and use of clean energy,” she wrote, should be topics not only for science instruction but also in “English, mathematics, art, and social studies classes. “ She added that the schools “must do our best to educate the general public as well as our students” about the economic benefits of efficiency and renewables and counter “some of the … propaganda by fossil fuel companies when it comes to adopting green energy.”
Energy Efficiency and Conservation
While lauding the recent installation of new, more-efficient windows at Montclair School, Mahoney suggested that before new windows go into any other schools, current energy use at the schools be measured. With that baseline data, Mahoney writes, “We can calculate the savings [resulting from] the new windows after they are replaced. This exercise would validate and quantify the window replacement project for the QPS students as well as the citizens of Quincy.” Also in the area of efficiency, Mahoney calls for simple behavior changes such as turning off lights when they’re no longer needed and for “recommissioning” building systems to assure that they operate at maximum efficiency.
Like Mahoney, Lebo offered a list of free or low-cost changes that would reduce the schools’ carbon footprint. These include putting lights on motion sensors, finding ways to reduce the power load from computers that are not in use, recycling more, and composting school cafeteria waste.
Mahoney voiced support for small, 10 kilowatt wind turbines at both the city’s high schools, not only for their educational value but also as a source of clean energy for the schools. She wrote that “having a working turbine system available to students would allow them a firsthand opportunity to compare theoretical calculations with actual performance.” Mahoney also wrote that she would welcome photovoltaic solar parking structures on school property providing they “fit the school and neighborhood.”
Lebo agreed that any solar parking structures would need neighborhood approval. “Our parking spaces at the schools are not parking lots,” she wrote, “but also serve as playgrounds for our students. I would not want to see anything that would block the light from the buildings [or] interfere with playing in the lots around the schools.” When it comes to small turbines, she pointed out that she wrote a grant proposal “that got QHS solar installation trainers, an inverter and a small turbine. The turbine was never installed, and it may be able to be put up somewhere still. I do think turbines should be placed where they will get the most wind and disrupt the fewest abutters.… If the school and community agreed with this, I could possibly see a small turbine going up in back of Broad Meadows [School].”
“Quincy Climate Action Network applauds Emily Lebo and Ann Mahoney for taking the time to articulate their visions for saving money and increasing energy efficiency in our schools,” said Hough’s Neck resident Rebecca McWilliams, QCAN’s chair. Click on this link for the full text of candidate responses.
Quincy Access Television interviews QCAN’s Rebecca McWilliams about QCAN’s mission and future events.
Podcast: Rebecca McWilliams of QCAN – Quincy Climate Action Network talks with QATV’s Joe Catalano on a recent episode of Currently in Quincy.
EVENT – THUR., SEPT 19th at 7:00 p.m. – Getting Efficient: Ideas for saving energy and money in your home
Where: Thomas Crane Public Library 40 Washington St., Quincy, MA 02169.
All ages are welcome.
Making small changes can add up to big savings.
Learn what money-saving actions you can take at home with Quincy CAN (Climate Action Network), a group of citizens working to promote conservation, efficiency, and the use of renewable energy in Quincy. Discover resources that are available to you and learn about new gadgets that can help identify energy-saving opportunities at home.
See for yourself. We’ll demonstrate some gadgets that can help you identify energy-saving opportunities at home. Then you can try them out yourself.
Learn about QCAN’s initiatives and how you can take part. Quincy CAN is a group of citizens working to promote energy conservation, energy efficiency, and the use of renewable energy in Quincy neighborhoods, businesses, and public buildings.
Bring your questions, ideas and success stories to share!
EVENT – TUES. Sept 3rd at 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. QCAN Solar Workshop
Where: Adams Historical Society, 53 Adams Street Quincy, MA 02169
Did you know only 1500 homes in Quincy look good for solar? Did you know you can get FREE solar on your home!?
Join Quincy CAN and special guest Next Step Living at the Adams Historical Society on to learn how you can qualify for a solar assessment of your home.
If Solar isn’t for you, you can still get a free home energy audit!
- Find and stop phantom energy use
- Install insulation and sealing air leaks
- Switch to more energy-efficient heating