Environment & Energy


Protecting our environment is both a moral responsibility to future generations and a health and quality-of-life issue for us today. It is also a matter of economic justice, as low-income neighborhoods most frequently bear the brunt of environmental degradation and health risks, and it will be the poor who feel the earliest and the most extreme consequences of global climate change. While the federal government has abandoned its responsibility to steward our environment, many opportunities exist for us on the state level to take up that challenge. We have the ability to make a real difference—locally and globally, now and for future generations.

As your state senator, I have supported strong state action to make Massachusetts an environmental leader, such as carbon pricing, increasing the gas tax, making access to solar energy more equitable, and fighting to protect green space. Likewise, I will support strong clean air and clean water standards, investment in our public transportation infrastructure, the “greening” of building codes, and rigorous environmental justice standards.


Energy News Network

“I want to fix it because it is just plain unfair,” said state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, the bill’s sponsor in the Senate.

By Sarah Shemkus | Apr 25, 2019

Despite the ugly policies being proposed in Washington, we were able to score major victories at the state level in Massachusetts this year. Now is the time to double-down on our progress and keep working to make sure the legislature passes key immigration and education bills.

Dec 29, 2017

It's imperative to protect the earth & support low-income communities. These issues are tied.

Sep 13, 2017

Boston Magazine

“We view their work as a service to the entire state,” reads the letter, which was signed by City Councilors Annissa Essaibi George, Michelle Wu, Matt O’Malley, Ayanna Pressley, and Michael Flaherty, as well as state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz and state Rep. Elizabeth Malia.

By Spencer Buell | Aug 03, 2017

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