Started on staff: 1980
B.A., magna cum laude, Brandeis University.
Janet has been the executive director of MASSPIRG since 1990 and directs programs on consumer protection, solid waste reduction and recycling, health and safety, public transportation, and voter participation. Janet has co-founded or led coalitions, including Earth Day Greater Boston, Campaign to Update the Bottle Bill and the Election Modernization Coalition. On behalf of MASSPIRG, Janet was one of the founding members of Transportation for Massachusetts (T4MA), a statewide coalition of organizations advocating investment in mass transit to curb climate change, improve public health and address equity. Janet serves as vice president for the Consumer Federation of America and serves on the Common Cause Massachusetts executive committee, Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow board of directors, and Department of Environmental Protection Solid Waste Advisory Committee. For her work, Janet has received Common Cause’s John Gardner Award and Salem State University’s Friend of the Earth Award. Janet lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and two sons, and every Wednesday morning she slow-runs the steps at Harvard Stadium with the November Project.
Posts by Janet Domenitz
Mass. legislators, advocates celebrate major new climate law
MASSPIRG joined leaders of environmental and civic organizations and elected officials to celebrate the passage of major climate legislation. The new climate law will reduce energy waste, ramp up the growth of wind and solar power, and help transition Massachusetts’ buildings and transportation system from fossil fuels to clean energy. Following months of work by legislative leaders, including energy committee chairs Rep. Jeff Roy and Sen. Mike Barrett, Gov. Charlie Baker signed the bill into law last week.
Statement: Bigger, Better Bottle Bill Gains Majority Support in Senate
In a sign of the growing momentum for updating the state’s container deposit law, the campaign has announced that well over a majority of state senators have endorsed S.2149, sponsored by Senator Cindy Creem (Newton); a bill which would add water bottles and many other containers to the state’s bottle bill.
‘Failing the Fix’ scorecard grades Apple, Google, Dell, others on how fixable their devices are
BOSTON -- Consumers often don’t know which products will last and they’ll be able to fix, or which manufacturers make fixable devices and support Right to Repair. A new scorecard from MASSPIRG Education Fund, “Failing the Fix,” ranks the most popular cell phone and laptop makers for consumers who seek to purchase easily repairable products – especially those from companies who do not fight Right to Repair.
Voting Rights Advocacy Groups to Hold Press Conference on Election Day Registration Compromise for VOTES Act
On Monday February 14, 2022 @ 1pm on the steps in front of the Massachusetts State House, the Election Modernization Coalition and community leaders will host "We Voting (and Registering on Election Day)" -- an in-person press conference calling on House and Senate conference committee members to include compromise Election-Day Registration language in the final version of the VOTES Act to be sent to the Governor. Election Day Registration is a form of Same Day Registration that would allow for voters to register on election day, but not on early voting days.