Training Series: Health, Housing, Energy, Equity

Health, Housing,
Energy, Equity

Exploring clean energy access for low- and moderate-income residents

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Training Series: Health, Housing, Energy, Equity

Clean energy isn’t just a “nice-to-have" for rich people. It can reduce the burden of high energy costs and improve health outcomes for low-income residents. Join us and other governmental and community leaders to learn about available programs, their strengths and flaws, and how to make them work for people in your community.

This three-part training series for local leaders in government, housing and community development, and public health highlights the connections between clean energy, housing, health, and equity issues and equips participants with strategies to help low- and moderate-income residents in their communities lower their energy costs and make their homes healthier and safer.

This series is supported by an Affordable Access Regional Coordination (AARC) Grant from the MA Department of Energy Resources (DOER).

Below, catch up on past workshops.

Session 1

Health, Housing, Energy, Equity:
Exploring the Intersections

Thursday, October 7, 2021
In Session 1, learn about how our history of racist and discriminatory policy impacts who has access to affordable housing and affordable energy today and then look at the clean energy programs that can help lower the energy cost burden for low- and moderate-income people in Greater Boston and across Massachusetts.

Presenters

Presentations

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Exploring clean energy access for historically excluded residents – Jamal Lewis and Catherine Lee, Green and Healthy Homes Initiative 

Energy Burden in Massachusetts – Kimberly Clark, Metropolitan Area Planning Council 

Clean energy programs for low- and moderate-income residents in 1-4 unit buildings – Beverly Craig, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center 

Session 2

Energy Efficiency Resources for Low- and
Moderate-Income Residents

Thursday, October 14, 2021
In Session 2, learn about energy efficiency solutions and the ways in which communities are working to expand access to weatherization, clean heating and cooling systems, and other solutions for lowering energy bills by reducing energy use.

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Health and Clean Energy – Jeanette Pantoja, MAPC 

Heat Pumps and Low & Moderate Income Households – Meg Howard, MassCEC 

Mass Save in Chelsea, MA – Fidel Maltez, City of Chelsea 

Mass Save Community First Partnership – Ruth Georges 

Session 3

Solar Resources for Low- and
Moderate-Income Residents

Thursday, October 21, 2021
In Session 3, learn about solar energy programs and other opportunities to help reduce energy burdens. Ben Underwood from Resonant Energy shares approaches to building wealth by expanding access to solar. Then Gabe Shapiro from All In Energy talks about community solar programs and other ways to help people lower their utility bills. And finally, we hear from Lisa Dobbs from the Mass Clean Energy Center about EmPower Massachusetts, a grant program designed to provide access to the benefits of clean energy for previously underserved populations.

Presenters

Presentations

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Build Local Power – Ben Underwood, Resonant Energy 

Income-Eligible Community Solar and Energy Bill Check Ups – Gabe Shapiro, All In Energy 

EmPower Massachusetts Program – Lisa Dobbs, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center 

 

Other Resources

Clean Energy Programs for Low- and Moderate-Income Residents in Massachusetts

This matrix of clean energy programs for low and moderate-income residents of Massachusetts was developed by MAPC in 2020 to help municipalities and community organizations connect residents to clean energy opportunities that reduce utility costs and improve health and wellbeing.

Visit mapc.ma/aarc-matrix to view the matrix. 

Clean Energy Program Matrix

Funding Opportunity: Mass Save Community First Partnership

The Mass Save Community First Partnership provides funding and technical assistance to support community-based outreach initiatives to expand access to energy efficiency programs and help Massachusetts families and small businesses located in Environmental Justice communities save money and energy through our programs.

Learn more and apply at https://www.masssave.com/learn/partners/community-partnership 

MassCEC EmPower Massachusetts Program

EmPower Massachusetts is an initiative to support the exploration, development, and implementation of program models or projects that provide access to the benefits of clean energy for previously underserved populations in Massachusetts.

Learn more and apply at https://www.masscec.com/empower-massachusetts.