Together in Climate Action Summit: State Governments Together in Climate Action

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This special episode is part of MIT’s Together in Climate Action Summit, which is focused on sharing climate leadership strategies and exploring pathways forward in Northeastern North America.

We interview  Dr. David Cash, former commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Public Utilities, and dean of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

David explains the roles that governments can play in providing the right regulations and opportunities for sustainability to grow and thrive at the state and regional levels.

David illustrates these roles with specific cases from his experience creating multi-state collaboration (e.g., Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative) and state-level legislation (e.g., Green Communities Act and the Global Warming Solutions Act). We also discuss the importance of equity and justice in creating good policy.

If you’d like to learn more about the Together in Climate Action Summit, which runs December 7th & 8th 2017, visit



Curt Newton's picture

It's good to see how many US

It's good to see how many US mayors seem to get the necessity of local programs in the face of federal inaction (or downright antagonism) to climate action - witness this week's">gathering in Chicago.  Taking it upon themselves to meet the US Paris agreement emissions trajectory is a good starting point, especially through detailed, concrete, practical near-term plans. We'll learn a lot from these actions over the next few years - what works best, what challenges arise, how action varies across different sizes and shapes of cities...

I hope more mayors and local/regional leaders will be pushing beyond Paris, as it's widely recognized that Paris is just a starting point.  Everyone needs to do more (great New York Times interactive). 

And how about Maryland's largest county (population 1 million) just declaring a goal of 100% emissions reduction by 2035?


Rick Shankman's picture

How telling that you have a

How telling that you have a new dean from UMass in the studio and not a single word about the UMass Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign's recent success

in fossil fuel divestment!

All that seems to really matter is a short plug for cap-and-trade (pay-to-pollute) programs, and Dean Cash characterizing biofuels in Mass as a "failure" due to supposed "unregulated" activities; this, while MIT/WHOI just got a $5.7 Million grant to develop mass production of biofuels from seaweed.