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Boston, MA November 20, 2019: MassEVolves, an innovative Massachusetts state program recognizing leaders in clean transportation, held its second annual recognition ceremony at the Massachusetts State House in Boston on Wednesday, November 20th, 2019.
Emissions created by transportation are the leading source of harmful greenhouse gas emissions in the state. As part of an integrated, multifaceted response strategy, Massachusetts has set a goal of having at least 300,000 ZEVs on the road by 2025. The MassEVolves program recognizes leaders from across the state for their actions in helping secure the state goal.
Now in its second year, in addition to companies MassEVolveshas grown to include utilities and higher education institutions. The roster of program participants now includes leading businesses that represent over $30 billion in annual gross operating revenues. Higher education institutions participating in the program are home to over fifty thousand students, faculty and staff throughout the state. Program participants include AstraZeneca, Analog Devices, EMD Millipore Sigma, EMD Serono, Boston Properties, Energy New England, Braintree Electric Light Department, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Worcester State University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Bristol Community College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Bard College at Simon’s Rock.
Massachusetts officials participating in the recognition ceremony included Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides, Undersecretary Daniel Sieger and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Martin Suuberg.
“The Commonwealth has some of the most aggressive climate goals in the nation, and electrification of the transportation sector is an important part of our strategy to meet those goals,” said EEA Secretary Kathleen Theoharides, “Through MassEVolves, we are building new partnerships to reduce the impact our transportation choices have on climate change. The Baker-Polito Administration is grateful to the organizations and companies participating in this program for their leadership and collaboration on clean transportation.”
MassEVolves participants create a ZEV Action Team and Plan that includes implementing a range of initiatives aimed at helping Massachusetts residents gain access to clean transportation. Each year participants report on their progress and commit to share lessons learned and mentor others with similar goals.
“As one of the inaugural members of MassEVolves we are thrilled to participate in this statewide program and see how the community has come together to share ideas and drive toward Massachusetts’ zero emission vehicle goals,” said Mike Errera, Vice President of Supply Chain Planning & Logistics, Analog Devices. “We have taken best practices, such as hosting electric vehicle lunch & learn events and increasing the number of charging stations on campus, to further engage our employees with this important initiative. We look forward to our continued commitment to MassEVolves moving forward as sustainability is part of our company’s core ethos.”
Clean transportation steps participants have implemented over the past year include:
- Investing in electric infrastructure upgrades to support garage-wide EV charging systems;
- Conducting internal outreach initiatives related to ongoing EV charging and clean transportation programs;
- Working with MassEVIP to expand the numbers of EV chargers at specific locations;
- Hosting ZEV test drive events with MASS DRIVE CLEAN and conducting other outreach activities; and
- Integrating ZEV activities into ongoing sustainability plans.
MassEVolves is a program sponsored by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in partnership with a range of clean transportation stakeholders across the state and the non-profit Recharge America. More information about the MassEVolves program can be found at www.MassEVolves.org.
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