Environment & Natural Resources

  • Fought for legislation that helped make Massachusetts No. 1 in energy efficiency.
  • Fought for a $2.2 billion energy and environmental bond, which includes investments in state parks and recreational areas, and an Eastern Regional Center for Urban Sustainability at Bristol County Agricultural High School.
  • Fought for the preservation and rehabilitation of thousands of acres in the Southeast for hunting, fishing, agriculture and passive recreation.
  • Fought for initiatives that have helped create more than 88,000 clean energy jobs and nearly 6,000 clean energy jobs across the Commonwealth, including 22 percent clean energy job growth in Southeastern Massachusetts from 2013-2014, representing the fastest growth of any region of the state.
  • Fought for conservation district grant program in the Commonwealth.
  • Fought for funding to restore fresh water aquatic fisheries.
  • Fought for funding to design, construct and rehabilitate dams in the First Plymouth and Bristol District and across the Commonwealth.
  • Fought for $57 million for the Water Pollution Abatement Trust
  • Fought for funding for the Accelerated Energy Program.
  • Helped establish the Climate Change Adaptation Infrastructure Investment Fund.
  • Fought for Massachusetts Food Trust Program to increase access to healthy food options within the Commonwealth, particularly in underserved communities.
  • Fought for safer dams across the Commonwealth as chief sponsor of legislation to establish a revolving loan fund for dams.
  • Supported funding for dredging projects on coastal public harbors.
  • Supported the Department of Agriculture Resources’ Agricultural and Environmental Enhancement Program, which provided grants to 10 farms in the First Plymouth and Bristol District to help mitigate harm to natural resources from agricultural practices.
  • Fought for funding to design, construct, improve or remove coastal infrastructure across the Commonwealth.
  • Supported Department of Agricultural Resources’ agricultural preservation restriction program.
  • Fought for improvements to parks and open space in the First Plymouth and Bristol District.
  • Fought for increased access to ponds and state parks in the First Plymouth and Bristol District.
  • Fought to protect drinking water well field resources in the First Plymouth and Bristol District.
  • Fought for flood management mitigation measures in the First Plymouth and Bristol District.
  • Fought for a UMASS Cranberry Research Station in East Wareham.
  • Fought for a flood management study and related flood management and mitigation measures for the Assawompset Pond Complex that is part of the Taunton River Watershed.
  • Fought to increase the head start capacity and allow for greater separation for animals as part of bio-security protocol of the Natural Resources Management Program at Bristol County Agricultural High School.
  • Fought for UMass Amherst Northeast Climate Science Center to support federal, state and other agencies by studying the effects of climate change on ecosystems, wildlife, water and other resources in the region.
  • Fought to protect Massachusetts’ economy and its built and natural infrastructure from the threats of climate change as chief sponsor of legislation to establish a comprehensive climate adaptation management plan in the Commonwealth.
  • Fought to establish the Climate Change Adaptation Infrastructure Investment Fund for projects related to seawalls, jetties, revetments, retaining walls, and inland flood control.
  • Supported legislation to support thermal energy’s inclusion in the alternative energy portfolio standard and to increase the net metering cap for public and private projects.
  • Chief sponsor of legislation to establish a mercury management program in the Commonwealth to help eliminate the substance from the environment.
  • Fought to establish recycling performance standards in the Commonwealth to help reduce municipal solid waste, protect the environment, preserve resources, save money, reduce greenhouse gases and create jobs in the Commonwealth.
  • Fought for improvements to water and wastewater infrastructure across the Commonwealth, and to promote green infrastructure opportunities.
  • Supported legislation to establish natural gas leak classification standards to reduce gas leak costs and to promote public safety and environmental protection.
  • Supported legislation prohibiting the possession, sale, selling, trade, or distribution of a shark fin.
  • Fought for the creation of a sales tax holiday that would promote spending on energy efficient appliances in Massachusetts to support the economy as well as the reduction of greenhouse gases.
  • Fought for manufacturer responsibility, consumer convenience, accountability, transparency, education and enforcement into an IT collection and recovery system to encourage the recycling of e-waste in the Commonwealth.
  • Supported the cleanup of contamination at Rockland Industries in Middleborough.
  • Fought for a Department of Public Health report evaluating deaths relative to the EEE virus.
  • Supported green repair projects and sustainable programs at Mark K. Goode Elementary School in Middleboro, among schools across the state, as Chair of the Green Schools Caucus.
  • Hosted state executive, legislative and judicial officials in Boston for a forum on severe weather resiliency called “Weathering the Storm” as Co-Chair of the Council of State Governments/Eastern Regional Conference’s Energy and Environment Committee.
  • Awarded MassRecyle’s “Public Servant Award” for prioritizing recycling in the Commonwealth.ENVIRONMENT
  • Fought for legislation that helped make Massachusetts No. 1 in energy efficiency.
  • Fought for a $2.2 billion energy and environmental bond, which includes investments in state parks and recreational areas, and an Eastern Regional Center for Urban Sustainability at Bristol County Agricultural High School.
  • Fought for the preservation and rehabilitation of thousands of acres in the Southeast for hunting, fishing, agriculture and passive recreation.
  • Fought for initiatives that have helped create more than 88,000 clean energy jobs and nearly 6,000 clean energy jobs across the Commonwealth, including 22 percent clean energy job growth in Southeastern Massachusetts from 2013-2014, representing the fastest growth of any region of the state.
  • Fought for conservation district grant program in the Commonwealth.
  • Fought for funding to restore fresh water aquatic fisheries.
  • Fought for funding to design, construct and rehabilitate dams in the First Plymouth and Bristol District and across the Commonwealth.
  • Fought for $57 million for the Water Pollution Abatement Trust
  • Fought for funding for the Accelerated Energy Program.
  • Helped establish the Climate Change Adaptation Infrastructure Investment Fund.
  • Fought for Massachusetts Food Trust Program to increase access to healthy food options within the Commonwealth, particularly in underserved communities.
  • Fought for safer dams across the Commonwealth as chief sponsor of legislation to establish a revolving loan fund for dams.
  • Supported funding for dredging projects on coastal public harbors.
  • Supported the Department of Agriculture Resources’ Agricultural and Environmental Enhancement Program, which provided grants to 10 farms in the First Plymouth and Bristol District to help mitigate harm to natural resources from agricultural practices.
  • Fought for funding to design, construct, improve or remove coastal infrastructure across the Commonwealth.
  • Supported Department of Agricultural Resources’ agricultural preservation restriction program.
  • Fought for improvements to parks and open space in the First Plymouth and Bristol District.
  • Fought for increased access to ponds and state parks in the First Plymouth and Bristol District.
  • Fought to protect drinking water well field resources in the First Plymouth and Bristol District.
  • Fought for flood management mitigation measures in the First Plymouth and Bristol District.
  • Fought for a UMASS Cranberry Research Station in East Wareham.
  • Fought for a flood management study and related flood management and mitigation measures for the Assawompset Pond Complex that is part of the Taunton River Watershed.
  • Fought to increase the head start capacity and allow for greater separation for animals as part of bio-security protocol of the Natural Resources Management Program at Bristol County Agricultural High School.
  • Fought for UMass Amherst Northeast Climate Science Center to support federal, state and other agencies by studying the effects of climate change on ecosystems, wildlife, water and other resources in the region.
  • Fought to protect Massachusetts’ economy and its built and natural infrastructure from the threats of climate change as chief sponsor of legislation to establish a comprehensive climate adaptation management plan in the Commonwealth.
  • Fought to establish the Climate Change Adaptation Infrastructure Investment Fund for projects related to seawalls, jetties, revetments, retaining walls, and inland flood control.
  • Supported legislation to support thermal energy’s inclusion in the alternative energy portfolio standard and to increase the net metering cap for public and private projects.
  • Chief sponsor of legislation to establish a mercury management program in the Commonwealth to help eliminate the substance from the environment.
  • Fought to establish recycling performance standards in the Commonwealth to help reduce municipal solid waste, protect the environment, preserve resources, save money, reduce greenhouse gases and create jobs in the Commonwealth.
  • Fought for improvements to water and wastewater infrastructure across the Commonwealth, and to promote green infrastructure opportunities.
  • Supported legislation to establish natural gas leak classification standards to reduce gas leak costs and to promote public safety and environmental protection.
  • Supported legislation prohibiting the possession, sale, selling, trade, or distribution of a shark fin.
  • Fought for the creation of a sales tax holiday that would promote spending on energy efficient appliances in Massachusetts to support the economy as well as the reduction of greenhouse gases.
  • Fought for manufacturer responsibility, consumer convenience, accountability, transparency, education and enforcement into an IT collection and recovery system to encourage the recycling of e-waste in the Commonwealth.
  • Supported the cleanup of contamination at Rockland Industries in Middleborough.
  • Fought for a Department of Public Health report evaluating deaths relative to the EEE virus.
  • Supported green repair projects and sustainable programs at Mark K. Goode Elementary School in Middleboro, among schools across the state, as Chair of the Green Schools Caucus.
  • Hosted state executive, legislative and judicial officials in Boston for a forum on severe weather resiliency called “Weathering the Storm” as Co-Chair of the Council of State Governments/Eastern Regional Conference’s Energy and Environment Committee.
  • Awarded MassRecyle’s “Public Servant Award” for prioritizing recycling in the Commonwealth.