Category Archives: Medfield Environmental Action

MEA – Climate Week

From MEA –

February 15, 2023

Hello Medfield Friends, 

Medfield Environment Action (MEA) is organizing Medfield’s first ever ‘Climate Week’ from Saturday, April 29 through Sunday, May 7. Many neighboring towns have held similar ‘Climate Weeks’ with great results, and community stakeholders are coming together to plan this in our town! There are several other events happening alongside Medfield Climate Week, including Bellforge’s Fairy Walk, Daffodil Days, and Medfield Town Meeting.

‘Medfield Climate Week’ will consist of multiple independent events throughout the week, all showcasing climate awareness with local actions and initiatives.  Any community groups, business owners, individual residents, town departments, churches, clubs, schools, or classrooms may become ‘Event Captains’ hosting their own public event. MEA will support you by coordinating and publishing the week’s schedule and will help to advertise your events to a local audience, in Medfield and surrounding towns. Plans are already in the works for a clothing swap, electric car show and several solar panel open houses. 

MEA is actively seeking ‘Event Captains’ to lead the following:  bike to school day and heat pump info sharing. Possible ‘Event’ ideas for you/your group could be: eco lawn equipment demonstration, composting demonstration, native and/or low water use garden tour, meatless meal specials at restaurants, climate book readings, climate themed art (painting, recycled materials sculptures, cartoons) nature walks/scavenger hunts, outdoor clean-up events, show off your chickens, compost pile or beehives or anything else you might like to offer. 

Thanks for considering. The goal is to have fun, spread awareness, educate, and network with neighbors. Let us know if you want to become an event captain, or if you would like to help other event captains who are hosting. As an ‘Event Captain’ you choose the event to be offered, and set the times and dates for your event, when it is convenient for you. Times can be an hour or two on several afternoons, a one-time half day event on a weekend, or a morning get together over coffee. Whatever works for you. Climate awareness and action is the one required unifying theme. Be creative!

Please fill out this form by March 12th with your proposed event idea and contact information. No need to have all final details available. We would love to get your ideas as soon as possible and we can work with you to build it out. We look forward to hearing from you and reach out to us at if you have any questions.


Medfield’s Climate Week Team

Kirsten D’Abate                                 Helen Dewey

Jeanette Ruyle                                  Julia Gecha

Melissa Cantarow

See this free really good, inspiring movie tomorrow -1PM

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Reminder– “2040” showing is tomorrow afternoon,
Sunday at 1pm

The second of two viewings of the movie “2040”

Free.  Sponsored by Medfield Environment Action.  Bring a friend!

Jan. 31 Tuesday 7pm at United Church of Christ 496 Main Street
Feb. 5 Sunday 1pm at the Medfield Public Library

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This documentary is inspiring.  It is entertaining to watch and offers new hope for the climate crisis conversation!  If you have been suffering from climate-related anxiety or despair, this movie is for you. 
Please help to spread the word to neighbors and friends.

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Great movie!!! Repeats Sunday at 1PM

I saw this movie last night at its penultimate Medfield showing at the UCC, with about forty other Medfield people, and I highly recommend it to you. Such a hopeful message about what our carbon future can be, by solving climate change with things that already exist. The movie plays again on Sunday at 1PM at the library – do not miss your last chance to see it in Medfield.

MEA “Movie Night” 1/31 & 2/5

From Helen Dewey –

Happy New Year! Could you please post the attached flyer on your blog? MEA is hosting 2 free screenings of the documentary 2040. It offers new hope for the climate crisis conversation!  Here’s a summary. 

Motivated by his 4-year-old daughter and concern for the planet she will inherit, Damon
Gameau, Australian award-winning director (That Sugar Film, 2015) and actor, embarks on a
global journey to meet innovators and changemakers to discover what the future of the
planet could look like by the year 2040 if we embraced the best solutions already available
to us, and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream.

Register at

Thanks so much!

Helen Dewey

Medfield Environment Action

MEA/MEC MassSave Program – Wed, 11/30 at 7:30 pm at PSB

From Helen Dewey of Medfield Environment Action –

MEA/MEC Mass Save Program on Wed, Nov 30th at 7:30 pm

at the Public Safety Building

Take Action and Have a Free Mass
Save Energy Assessment Done!
• Bad News: energy prices are high
• Good news: there are lots of incentives to help you
save energy and money
• Learn all about NEW rebates & discounts from Mass
Save and get details on having a no-cost home energy
• Find out how to get a rebate up to $10,000,
75% discounts on insulation & more
• Guest speaker Brian Kearney from RISE Engineering
Wed, Nov 30th 7:30 pm
Public Safety Building 112 North St.
Register at
Presented by MEA and MEC
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Heat Pumps explained 3/22

From Helen Dewey for the Medfield Energy Committee and Medfield Environmental Action ( –

Representatives from the Heat Smart
Alliance and RISE Engineering will
be presenting the ins and outs of
energy efficient heat pumps and the
incentives from Mass Save.
Jim Nail of the Medfield Energy
Committee will be on hand as
a resource for Medfield residents.
Plenty of time for all of your questions!
Heating & Cooling with Heat Pumps
& NEW Mass Save Program Incentives
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Heat Pumps 101
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
at 7:30 pm via Zoom
Register in advance to receive the
zoom link via email.
Scan the QR code or visit
or Find the Zoom link on as a meeting of
the Medfield Energy Committee.
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MEA/MEC forum on warrant articles – 7:30PM on 5/6

From Helen Dewey of Medfield Environment Action –

Informational Webinar on
Energy Committee Articles
for Town Meeting
Article 21: Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)
CCA is a way of buying renewable electrical power in bulk for the town and its residents.
Article 22: Net Zero Climate Goal for Medfield
A Net Zero Climate Goal for Medfield will align with the State’s 2050
Net Zero Goal, will provide a target and engage the town and residents
to collaboratively develop a plan to get there.
Review of both Warrant Articles
Thursday, May 6th at 7:30pm via Zoom
Register in advance for this webinar here:
Webinar Registration
If you have not been able to attend any of the previous webinars this is for you! You will get all the pertinent information on both Articles and can ask all of your questions.
Hosted by
Medfield Environment Action & Medfield Energy Committee

MEA survey results

Medfield Environmental Action is a relatively new group that meets monthly to share and disseminate information about savings energy, climate change and all things green. They recently circulated a survey and below are the results of 504 submissions.

FALL 2020
The survey was conducted through Survey Monkey. We publicized the survey in the Hometown
Weekly, The Press, on Patch, via Facebook, and in the Medfield Insider.
• 504 Surveys Completed
o Really great response!
o Diverse respondents
o 75% of the respondents have lived in Medfield more than 10 years.
o 70% of the respondents are women
o 63% of the respondents are 45 or older
We asked “Should the Town of Medfield build buildings that have high energy efficiency
performance and prefer builders/developers who would do the same? This would lead the
town to build a highly efficient “net zero” elementary school and encourage builders/developers
to build using “passive house” standards for new construction and high energy efficiency for
renovations, in projects such as State Hospital Development.” (Q5). See graphic at end.
95% responded favorably.
• 41% of respondents chose “Yes, in all circumstances because not adding greenhouse
gases to our environment is critical at this time.”
• 54% of respondents chose “Yes, if the costs are not prohibitive and a reasonable
payback of any additional investment can be achieved over the life of the building.”
We asked “The State of Massachusetts has committed to a goal of Net Zero Emissions by 2050,
which will help Massachusetts address the climate crisis by reducing carbon emissions. This will
require changes in our local community. Which of the following best describes your position
towards Medfield adopting its own goals and committing to develop a plan by November 2021
to proactively meet the state’s 2050 goal? (Q4)
• 72% - “I support Medfield adopting climate goals and developing a plan (just as Acton,
Arlington, Ashland, Cambridge, Lexington and many other MA towns have already
• 17% - “I am supportive of working to address the climate crisis, but I need more
information about why it is important for Medfield to adopt a goal and a plan now.
We asked for agreement with the following statements. (Q3)
a) The climate crisis poses a serious threat for people around the world.
• 79% completely agree
• 14% somewhat agree
b) The climate crisis is something that will affect my family in Medfield.
• 52% completely agree
• 32% somewhat agree
c) I am ready to take steps at home to tackle the climate crisis.
• 60% completely agree
• 28% somewhat agree
d) I will support and encourage my local government in making policies that address the
climate crisis.
• 71% completely agree
• 19% somewhat agree
We asked “Climate crisis is a term describing global warming and climate change, and their
consequences. Globally, 19 of the 20 warmest years on record have occurred since 2001
(Sources: and IPCC). Increased flooding, wildfires, and severe storms are just
some of the direct results of a warming Earth. Do you believe we are facing a Climate Crisis?
• 43% - Yes, due to human activities
• 51% - Yes, due to both human activities AND natural cycles and causes
This question has only 403 respondents because it was added mid-survey.