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Letter from Ret. General Colin Powell to Melissa Boyd

letter from Colin Powell to Melissa Boyd

$100,000 Milestone in Donations Reached

This year I am overjoyed to say WE have hit $100,000 in giving! Over the past 9 years, through gifting complimentary sessions to families of children who have died tragically and the Meditate and Donate series we have raised over $100,000!!

As one person, I could never have reached this goal but with the help of all the compassionate hearts who have generously given, we have done it together!

The organizations who have received donations are:

  • The Center for Grieving Children
  • River Tree Arts
  • Olympia Snow’s Leadership Program
  • United Way of Kennebunk
  • Kennebunk Land Trust
  • Save the Children Foundation
  • A Place to Start

Sierra Club Newsletter Article

The following article was originally published in the Fall 2011 issue of Maine Sierran: the newletter for the Maine Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Green Sneakers Project Gets Rolling in York County

Former Maine Physicians for Social Responsibility staff member Melissa Boyd leads a grassroots effort.

The Maine Partners for Cool Communities’ Green Sneakers Project is moving full steam ahead to improve energy efficiency in Maine’s KEYS area (Kittery, Eliot, York, and South Berwick). The KEYS is the fastest growing region in the state.

The person doing much of the grassroots work for the Green Sneakers effort in Southern Maine is Melissa Boyd. Melissa is very familiar with Cool Communities work – she was actually involved in founding of the group while on the staff of Maine Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

“It’s really exciting now to be working right in communities – doing grassroots organizing for the group that I helped get started.”

In the KEYS area there are two programs which are boosting the potential for residential energy efficiency – PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) and the Seacoast Energy Initiative (SEI). SEI has $500,000 in funding from Efficiency Maine that is available for low interest loans to homeowners who wish to make their homes more energy efficient. The program covers the towns of Eliot, Kittery, North Berwick, South Berwick, Ogunquit, and York.

PACE, which is a statewide program, offers up to $15,000 to homeowners for energy efficiency improvements. The loans are repaid via a special assessment on the property tax over a period of years. The Green Sneakers Project is organizing a number of public forums to explain the PACE program.

Melissa notes that her work has expanded beyond the original KEYS towns and now includes Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Ogunquit, and North Berwick.

“Kennebunk has been particularly active,” she says. There is a PACE forum on October 6 which features a local homeowner who received a PACE loan. And the forum will be broadcast on public access TV.”

Kennebunk also agreed to include information about the PACE program in their tax bill package.

Much of Melissa’s work in the KEYS will involve organizing a canvas in all the KEYS area towns on October 22.

The Green Sneakers canvas involves recruiting volunteers to go door-to-door in their communities, talking with their neighbors about the benefits of energy efficiency and offering a reusable shopping bag full of valuable information and a free CFL bulb.

“We are working hard to inspire people to get out and do canvassing, but we also want to keep the momentum going after the canvas,” Melissa says. “Ultimately we want to get the message across about the importance of energy efficiency in helping with climate change.”

As part of her efforts, Melissa is working with high school green and energy clubs.

“We are getting kids excited and hopefully, inspiring them to get out and take part in the canvas.”

Special signs with the Green Sneakers website will be posted in every town. There will also be letters to the editor and op-ed pieces in local papers.

Melissa hopes that all the work in the KEYS area will lead to citizen teams that will continue the work.

Bangor Daily News Quotes Melissa Boyd in AP Article About Fermented Lemonade

We are happy to share the following coverage of Melissa Boyd in this article published in the Bangor Daily News. Melissa is quoted a speaking on behalf of MAPSA, saying that the group was “very happy” with the decision to prohibit the sale of fermented lemonade to minors.

Bangor Daily News Article

Maine Commission for Community Service

As a Commissioner for the Maine Commission for Community Service, we are pleased to share the 2009 Annual Report. We accomplished a lot this year!

2009 Annual Report PDF

Beverage Daily International Mentions Melissa Boyd in Article about Victorian Lemonade

We are happy to share this article published by Beverage Daily International concerning the campaign to reclassify Fentimans Victorian Lemonade as “imitation liquor” in Maine. Melissa is quoted based on her role as a campaigner with the Maine Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse.

Read the Article

Portland, Maine: Climate Action Report

We are so pleased to share with you this Climate Action Report from the University of Maine. Melissa Boyd and Holli R. Andrews worked together on the section for Portland, ME, entitled “Leading Sustainable Portland by Example: Recommendations for a Sustainable Portland City Hall.”

Read the Report

Melissa Boyd Appointed to Maine Commission for Community Service

The following article is reprinted from the November 23, 2007 issue of “Kennebunk Post.” A PDF of the original article is provided below.

Kennebunk Post – November 23, 2007

The Maine Commission for Community Service is pleased to announce that Melissa Ann Boyd of Kennebunk has been appointed by Governor John E. Baldacci to serve as a member of their board.

“Melissa was chosen for her involvement in community service and her passion to have an impact through service on Maine’s communities and citizen. With her knowledge and expertise, her assistance in designing and implementing effective vehicles for growing and sustaining Maine’s community service ethic will be an invaluable contribution to the commission,” said Maryalice Crofton, the Commission’s executive director.

“I would like to help encourage young people to give back to their communities whether it may be by becoming an AmeriCorps member or by volunteering in their local community agencies. As a two year AmeriCorps alum, I have learned the value of service and it has transformed my life. By serving on the Commission, I hope to assist in developing new partnerships that will strengthen their work statewide,” Boyd said.

Boyd is currently the executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility Maine. She has more than 15 years experience in youth development, event planning, non-profit management, public relations and environmental education. As an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow she was instrumental in helping to bring General Colin Powell to Maine to A Call to Service Event, which launched Giving Maine’s Promise on WGME 13. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication/Public Relations from the University of Southern Maine and is currently a half-time student at The Muskie Institute working on her Masters in Public Policy and Management.

The Maine Commission for Community Service is a 26 member board that is charged with fostering community service and volunteer initiatives for the State of Maine. It is the state liaison for the Federal Corporation for National and Community Service, administering AmeriCorps grants and overseeing Maine’s national service programs including AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve and Senior Corps programs throughout the state. The commission also provides training and technical assistance to volunteer managers statewide online volunteer database, VolunteerMaine.gov.

To learn more about the Maine Commission for Community Service visit www.maineservicecommission.gov or contact the Maine Commission for Community Service at 287-8931 or service.commission@maine.gov.

Original Article PDF

Melissa Boyd Signs Letter to Governor about Carbon Emissions

Dear Governor Baldacci,

We would like to congratulate and thank you for your leadership on global warming and particularly your support of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. The action that we take–or fail to take–on global warming will be a defining element of our legacy and passage of RGGI is a significant step in taking such action.

Under your leadership, Maine is engaging directly with this challenging issue and becoming part of the solution. Maine’s participation in RGGI is a historic turning point in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while strengthening and positioning our economy. Previously Maine has been criticized for under-investing in energy efficiency, the most economic and effective way of reducing both emissions and costs. With the passage of LD 1851, Maine is poised to surge ahead in our efficiency efforts.

We know that global warming cannot be solved through single actions. We are excited by your leadership in part because we know you recognize that more remains to be done. The attached letter to you, and the other New England governors, outlines some of the goals and actions that are essential components of a comprehensive response to this environmental and economic threat. In some areas Maine has taken many positive steps, in other areas more remains to be done. We would emphasize that shifting toward more energy efficient buildings, through building codes, incentives and other policies, remains an important task for Maine. Given new and growing efficiency funding and programs, it is increasingly important to reach out to Maine residents and businesses to motivate them to participate. We would also emphasize the need to reduce our dependence on vehicle travel.

Again, thank you for the strong leadership your administration has provided on climate change. We hope that you will bring both your successes and your commitment to go further to the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers meeting on Prince Edward Island on June 25-26.

Full Letter PDF

Melissa Boyd and Physicians for Social Responsibility Assist with Study of Pollution in Maine People

The Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine has published their report “Body of Evidence: a Study of Pollution in Maine People. Melissa Boyd served as a research assistant and assisted as Executive Director of the Maine chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

In the study, 13 Maine men and women volunteered to have their bodies tested for traces of chemical pollution. The results were staggering. The study found a total of 46 different chemicals in samples of blood, urine and hair. On average, each participant had measurable levels of 36 toxic chemicals in their bodies.

The Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine concluded the report with recommendations for a comprehensive safer chemicals policy that the government should adopt.

Full Body of Evidence Report PDF

Physicians for Social Responsibility Maine with Exec. Dir. Melissa Boyd Host Conference on Achieving Global Energy Security

The Achieving Global Energy Security (AGES) conference at USM is the first of its kind, connecting the work of organizations and individuals concerned about energy policies, nuclear issues, global warming, preemptive war strategy in general and the Iraq War in particular. A major goal of this conference is to help promote a shift in public attitudes from anxiety and fear to hope, engagement, and action. Participants will consider the links between these issues, and collaborative working relationships will be strengthened to support ongoing work promoting fundamental changes in local and national policies.

Conference Brochure PDF

Letter to Physicians for Social Responsibility

Message for the Director

Having worked in non-profit organizations for the past twelve years. I often ask volunteers, board members, members and myself the following question: Why are you involved in this work and what keeps you motivated?

Although, I do not have children of my own, I am Auntie Mel to four of my close friends’ children. I spend time with these curious, intuitive little ones and wonder what the world will be like in 20 years.

With global warming and resulting climate change as one of the most urgent issues, scientists predict if warming continues at its current rate by 2050 more than a million species worldwide could be driven to extinction and the Arctic Ocean could become ice free.

I was struck by Al Gore’s movie “An Inconvenient Truth” and how if we all do our part we can reduce our carbon foot prints and lower the warming rates.

Resource wars are currently being fought over oil and soon the next one may be over water.

Our public health infrastructure is drastically under funded and lacks linkages with emergency system as we keep adding billions of dollars to the defense budget to fight another war, another terrorist group, another and another.

With all those thoughts it comes back to me and it comes back to you. We can make a difference. It has to start with us. Along with public policy advocacy, educating our children and youth should be top of our priority list. The decisions we make today affect the generations of tomorrow. We have a responsibility to teach them values and social norms that can in fact lead to changing the world of our actions.

What motivates me about this work? The solutions, the hope, the knowledge that we can change the course of history.

Marian Wright Edelman founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund and the first African American women admitted to the Mississippi state bar said, “It’s time for greatness&not for greed. It’s time for idealism&not ideology. It is time not just for compassionate words, but compassionate action.”

It is time and I welcome this opportunity.

Melissa

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