Springfield Climate Justice Initiative

Join Us for a Virtual Community Conversation!

Wednesday, October 7th at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (English)
Wednesday, October 28th at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Spanish)

What do you think would have the biggest impact on climate change, racism, air quality and health for your family?

We invite you to a community conversation on climate change, health and equity. Help us identify the key policy ideas that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality and improve health and address racism.

In this Zoom workshop, you will learn more about the four policies listed below. We need residents to tell us which one of these policy ideas would be most important to you, your friends and family to make Springfield a safe, healthy equitable place to live. Your feedback will help design a campaign to address the negative health impacts of climate change on people of color.

To Register:

  • English – https://conta.cc/3cHPAjJ
  • En español – https://conta.cc/342oXBO
  • Qualifications: Springfield Resident, 18 years or older
  • Commitment: 2.5 hours (2 hours in zoom workshop, 0.5 hours review of informational material)
  • INCENTIVE: $50 gift card. Workshop limited to 20 participants

Community Choice Energy
A program the city of Springfield could set up to switch everyone in the city on basic Eversource electricity service over to clean energy like solar, wind, and hydropower

Free and Safe Public Transit
All PVTA bus rides in the city will be free and safe for everyone

Race & Health Equity Assessment
Require consideration of the racial and health impacts on people of color and other minority groups when the city begins a new project or procedure.

Complete Streets Prioritization in Previously Redlined Neighborhoods
Invest more in sidewalks, bikeways, and transit in the neighborhoods in the city that historically have been under-invested in.

For more information, contact Samantha Hamilton at Shamilton@publichealthwm.org.

The LWS Climate Change and Health Equity Committee has been meeting since January to narrow down the key policy priorities to focus on with our advocacy efforts.

Through the Springfield Climate Justice Initiative, the coalition will engage key stakeholders and residents to be a part of a Climate Justice and Health Equity Committee (CCHE). The CCHE committee will work to narrow down the policy priorities building on Springfield’s Strong, Healthy Just: Climate Action & Resilience Plan.  We believe that change cannot happen without the people most impacted by the issues at the table. Through a 1 to 1 key stakeholder to the resident ratio, we hope to balance and uplift the voices of the community.

 Meeting Schedule

  • The CCHE Committee will meets monthly by Zoom. For more information about the CCHE committee, please contact Samantha Hamilton at Shamilton@publichealthwm.org.