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Free MassBike Commuter Class – Sept 22, Sept 28 and Oct 5

September 22nd, 2010

Attention Bike Lovers:  EIA is sponsoring free commuter education courses with MassBike.

The classes are free of charge and open to the public.  Visit this MassBike webpage for more information and to sign up: MassBike Commuter Courses Sponsored by EIA.

Be sure to tell a friend!

Team EIA

Explore the river and wetlands: FREE admission & activities for all!

June 1st, 2010

Mass Audubon’s Discovery Days

Enjoy wildlife sanctuaries across Massachusetts — Free admission and free activities including live animal demonstrations, naturalist-led walks, crafts and more!! 

Saturday, September 11 – River and Wetlands Investigation
Ipswich River
, Topsfield
Take a guided canoe paddle up the Ipswich River to look for turtles, birds, and muskrats; walk to a beaver lodge; discover pond creatures; and explore the famous “Rockery”.
10 am to 3 pm

For more information, visit: www.massaudubon.org/Nature_Connection/discoverydays/

EIA is a proud, statewide sponsor of Mass Audubon’s Discovery Days.  As a Mass Audubon member, you automatically save 10% for switching to EIA! Find out how much you can save here. 

Other Upcoming Discovery Day Destinations

Saturday, October 2 – Attleboro Springs Wildlife Sanctuary’s Grand Opening
Oak Knoll/Attleboro Springs
, Attleboro
Watch a live owl presentation with Mark and Marcia Wilson, participate in hands-on pond demonstrations, and make a fun, nature-inspired craft.
10 am to 3 pm

Saturday, October 16 – Fields and Grassland Discovery
Arcadia, Easthampton
Explore an unvisited part of the sanctuary, catch grasshoppers, build bluebird and American kestrel boxes, and see live birds up close.
10 am to 3 pm

Saturday, October 23 – Wildlife’s Winter Preparations
Blue Hills Trailside Museum, Milton
Learn everything you need to know about what happens to our local wildlife during the winter months.
10 am to 3 pm

Pay-As-You-Drive (PAYD) Auto Insurance Standard Needed

April 26th, 2010

CLF and a diverse group of transportation and environmental organizations recently unveiled a proposed performance standard to rate Pay-As-You-Drive (PAYD) auto insurance policies in the U.S., which save consumers money when they reduce their vehicle travel. 

Priced on the amount a vehicle is driven during the policy term, PAYD has the potential to save consumers an average $270 per vehicle insured, according to a 2008 report by The Brookings Institution. If deployed in all 50 states, PAYD could also achieve a 4% reduction in total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to global climate change. Transportation emissions currently account for nearly one-third of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.  

A dozen states identify PAYD as an effective strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with Arizona, Colorado, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and Vermont all including it in their state climate action plans. 

Despite PAYD’s promise, only a handful of insurance companies in the U.S. offer self-described PAYD products and some of these policies provide minimal incentives to reduce mileage.   Moreover, there is no metric for judging the effectiveness of an auto insurance product in reducing vehicle miles traveled and related emissions. 

Developed by CLF and a coalition of organizations with extensive experience in auto insurance, the proposed PAYD rating system offers three levels of certification for insurance products, Gold, Silver and Bronze, based on how well they allow consumers to save money by driving less.  

PAYD offers significant social benefits and, unlike gasoline taxes and many other schemes for reducing driving, PAYD presents an opportunity for the majority of consumers to save.  

“Pay-As-You-Drive auto insurance is common sense for consumers and the environment,” added Conservation Law Foundation President John Kassel. “PAYD will help America reach the emissions reduction goals set out by the Obama Administration.  Importantly, it will also save money, make auto insurance more transparent and increase equity for consumers.”  

Endorsers of the proposed standard include Environmental Insurance Agency, the Conservation Law Foundation, Ceres, Natural Resources Defense Council, Environmental Defense, the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy, CALSTART, and the Victoria Transport Policy Institute.