By Bob Katzen

“This winter will be, at best, a very high-cost energy winter. So everybody should conserve. Everybody who has close friends, please tell them conserve … I think it’s useful for everyone to be aware of that and spread the word for conservation as much as possible.”
—Judy Chang, undersecretary of Energy and Climate Solutions in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

“Investing in these important open space projects will make Massachusetts parks more resilient to climate change, increase the availability of open space and improve access to the outdoors for people in communities across the state.”
—Gov. Baker announcing $12 million in grant funding for park improvements and open space acquisitions in 43 Massachusetts communities across the state.

“All of us are going to have to work together. We can’t rest on our laurels. We are making progress, but we have a long way to go.”
—University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan upon accepting the award by the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health for his deep commitment to mental health advocacy and education among college students.

“For 33 years, as a Western Massachusetts native, I was represented in Washington by U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy. I can’t begin to express what an honor it is to become a steward of his legacy and his commitment to invigorating civil discourse and civic engagement to create a better, stronger country for all.
—Ex-Sen. Adam Hinds (D-Pittsfield) who resigned from the Massachusetts Senate to begin his new job as the executive director of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.

“We are very pleased to be able to provide this funding to school districts to improve HVAC systems and air quality in classrooms for students and staff. This grant program will give schools the flexibility to make improvements that best suit their needs.”
—Education Secretary James Peyser announcing $100 million in grant funding for school districts to improve ventilation and indoor air-quality to support healthy learning environments.

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