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Green Night – July 12, 2017

Get Charged Up about Electric Vehicles

You are invited to join the Western Mass Green Consortium at the upcoming Green Night from 5PM – 7PM on Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at the Platform Sports Bar, 125A Pleasant Street, Northampton!

The event is open to the public, donations welcome.

From 5:00-5:30 grab a drink or order food and chat with others. At 5:30 it’s time to share news, events and make your announcements. The featured presentation begins at 6:00 with Q & A following. At 7:00 we move into the bar where energy is high and we continue with conversations, networking and more food and drink.

Massachusetts has been overseeing the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations throughout the state. The goal is to encourage the use of zero emission vehicles to reduce CO2 emissions from the transportation sector. Stephen Russell will provide an overview of electric vehicles and where and how to charge them. He will also go though some items to consider before installing charging stations. He will talk about the EV rebate program available to MA consumers who purchase or lease electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles. He will also describe the Mass Drive Clean campaign, including an event in Northampton in July, where people can test drive electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Then, Ann-Renée will share her personal experience as an EV driver, addressing many of the topics of potential interest to attendees contemplating going electric. She will also provide an overview of the Low-Income EV Program being launched by Community Action.

If you are thinking about driving a clean low-maintenance electric vehicle, this is the event not to miss.

Stephen B. Russell serves as the Alternative Transportation Program Coordinator/Clean Cities Co-Coordinator for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He coordinates and promotes the use of alternative vehicles and fuel, and the reduction of petroleum usage in the transportation sector. More recent projects include developing an electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure plan and policy, coordinating the installation of charging stations throughout MA, and managing the electric vehicle rebate program ( for consumers who purchase EVs. He recently launched an electric school bus vehicle-to-grid pilot.

Anne-Renee Larouche has been a climate advocate since 2003, and promotes clean energy initiatives. In 2016, while between jobs, she launched an effort to accelerate adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and EV chargers in Western MA. Currently, she works for Community Action performing energy audits across Hampshire and Franklin counties and driving her electric Nissan Leaf to commute over 12,000 miles. Ann-Renée will manage Community Action’s new Low-Income Electric Vehicle Pilot Program initiated by MA DOER, for the purchase and lease of electric vehicles by local low-income residents.


Many thanks to our July Sponsor, Burke Chevrolet!

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Burke Chevrolet in Northampton is the Pioneer Valley’s premier Volt and Bolt dealer, featuring the best selection and expertise around. Family owned since 1970, we take pride in our great service and customer satisfaction. Stop in today to discover the EVs that are miles ahead of the competition.


Mark your calendar and save the dates for the upcoming Green Nights!

August – Yearly hiatus
September 13 – Healthy Homes and Healthy Families
October 11 – Community Solar: Options in Massachusetts
November 8
December 13
January 10

Join us at the Platform Sports Bar at Union Station the second Wednesday of every month for Green Night.


The Platform Sports Bar is located in the historic Union Station in Northampton, MA at 125A Pleasant Street. The bar offers a full menu and an extensive list of drinks. Parking adjacent to the bar is free.