BOSTON — State Sen. Jamie Eldridge will be a leader of a new Green Economy Caucus at the State House to promote legislation that will foster job creation and sustainable development, his office said today.
Eldridge, D-Acton, and his co-chairman, state Rep. Frank Smizik, D-Brookline, formed the caucus, which will focus on a number of themes within the broad scope of the green economy: water, energy, clean technology, infrastructure and food.
“Massachusetts is uniquely positioned to be a leader in the transition to a green economy because we have the talent, political will and entrepreneurial spirit necessary to effect change,” said Eldridge, who represents Marlborough, Hudson, Southborough, Westborough and parts of Sudbury and Northborough. “State government needs to find ways to encourage and support these green businesses and give them the best possible chance of thriving. Doing so is going to help us create jobs now while benefiting our environment, our economy and therefore our citizens over the long-term. It really is a win-win-win strategy.”
Eldridge and Smizik are the lead sponsors of “An Act Establishing the Office of Clean Technology,” which would help increase the competitiveness of the state’s clean technologies industry, Eldridge’s office said.
“Massachusetts has long been a hotbed of technological innovation,” Eldridge said. “By working to support and further develop our thriving green economy, we can guarantee our position well into the 21st Century.”