Month: January 2019

‘Made in Massachusetts’: South Shore legislators file bill to help consumers and businesses buy local

Promoting ‘Made in Massachusetts’

South Shore legislators file bill to help consumers and businesses buy local

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(STATE HOUSE, Boston, MA) — Making it easier for consumers and businesses to “Buy Local” is the goal of a bill filed by Rep. Josh Cutler (D-Duxbury) and Rep. Kathy LaNatra (D-Kingston).

Their legislation would create a new “MassMade” branding tool and an online directory to promote, connect and support businesses that produce goods in Massachusetts.

The MassMade program —to be administered by the Mass. Office of Business Development ­–– would also develop a searchable online directory of Massachusetts-based manufacturers and consumer goods companies, helping to connect them with potential customers.

“We all know the benefits of shopping locally and keeping our consumer dollars circulating here in the Commonwealth. Knowing which goods and products are ‘MassMade’ makes that goal a lot easier,” said Rep. Cutler.

Rep. LaNatra added, “Offering a one-stop shop for consumers and businesses to connect with other Massachusetts-based companies is an easy and low-cost way to give a boost to our small businesses and support the state’s economy.”

In addition to a branding logo, the MassMade program would feature a website offering an online directory, freely accessible to the public, of commonwealth businesses and consumer products. 

The website would serve as a marketing tool by providing business information, product descriptions, contact information, and website details and as a resource for consumers by offering search capabilities for consumer products based on criteria including product type, retailers, business locations, and product price. The goal is to ensure that customers have the opportunity to learn about local manufacturers so that they can buy local when possible.

The bipartisan bill (HD 1327) was just introduced and already has a dozen co-sponsors. A similar bill was championed by former Sen. Eileen Donoghue during the last legislative term. Companion legislation was filed this term in the Senate by Sen. Eric Lesser and Sen. Adam Hinds. Similar business development programs have been adopted in other states. 

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2019 Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education Awards

Rep. Cutler is pleased to share that the 2019 Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education Awards are now open.

Nominations are now open and are being accepted until March 30, 2019. This is open to all public and private Massachusetts schools (K-12) that offer energy and environmental education programs.

See information below.

BOSTON – The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) today announced it is now accepting nominations for its annual Secretary’s Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education until March 30, 2019. EEA Secretary Matthew Beaton will present awards this spring to Massachusetts teachers and students involved in school-based programs that promote environmental and energy education.   “In the age of smartphones, hands-on environmental and energy education is more important than ever to teach the next generation about the wonders of the natural world and the need to protect our environment,” saidEEA Secretary Matthew Beaton. “The Baker-Polito Administration is proud to recognize the educators inspiring their students to think critically about energy and environmental issues, and encourages residents to nominate any outstanding school programs and teachers.”   All public and private Massachusetts schools (K-12) that offer energy and environmental education programs are eligible to apply for the Secretary’s Award. In 2018, 32 schools and nonprofit organizations across the state were recognized for their work including garden projects, outdoor classroom programs, watershed and vernal pool projects, and teaching about the environment through art and music.   The Secretary’s Advisory Group on Energy and Environmental Education will review applications during the beginning of April 2019. Qualified entrants are invited to attend a formal award ceremony with Secretary Beaton at the State House later in the spring.   Click here for application.   For questions contact Meg Colclough at 617-626-1110 or meg.colclough@state.ma.us.