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  • 71% of total building square footage is zoned commercial; 14% industrial; 14% residential (though, over 50% of parcels are residential)
  • Describe process…MCG designs workshop process with BRA with aim to foster a creative working environment that identifies resources and barriers to eco-industrial development; stakeholder driven process that focuses on capturing stakeholder issues; targeted working groups
  • Is this aggregated by property?

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  • 1. Sustaining the wealth of Boston’s industry BOSTON’S EMERGING ECO-INDUSTRIAL ZONE IN NEWMARKET
  • 2.
    • Major commercial and industrial wholesale district in Boston
    • Over 500 employers with more than 11,000 employees in the district
    • Generates over $3 billion in sales every year
    NEWMARKET & Boston Introduction to Newmarket
  • 3. OUR SHARED VISION- Why are we here?
    • EPA provided seed funding to develop Newmarket as an “integrated eco-industrial zone”
    • We aim to develop Newmarket as a “laboratory” to pilot cleantech projects and programs
    • We want to collaborate with leading policy-makers to develop a vibrant urban sustainability model for C&I businesses
      • Partner with existing programs
      • Leverage funding and resources
      • Pilot new, innovative ideas
    • Purpose of today’s workshop: To explore how we can we best collaborate…
  • 4. OUR SHARED VISION- EPA & Sustainable Skylines Grant
    • Identify cost-effective strategies to advance programming and polices, especially for:
    Stationary & Area Sources Energy & Climate Diesel Engines Green Building & Development Off-Road Sources Land Use & Trans. Strategies
  • 5. OUR SHARED VISION- Outcomes of the Newmarket eco-industrial zone
    • Develop strategy and implement feasibility studies that:
    • Achieve immediate cost savings for businesses
    • Increase business innovation and access to new market opportunities
    • Leverage federal, state, local, utility and business resources
    • Mitigate regulatory risk
    • Engage community members
  • 6. Newmarket Eco-industrial Strategy Development WS 2: Resource Providers & Policy-makers WS 1: Council of Champions WS 3: All Stakeholders WS 4: All Stakeholders
    • Short-medium term Newmarket solutions,
    • Online wiki & long-term eco-industrial strategy,
    • Project implementation,
    • Additional resources
    Interviews & Outreach
    • WS 3: Businesses present needs to policymakers and resource providers
    • ID potential projects
    • discuss strategy options
    • WS 4: Present final strategy and project proposals
    • secure consensus and commitments
    • WS 1 & 2: Review business drivers and potential resources
    • establish goals & expectations
    • brainstorm issues & options
    • determine next steps
    • Planning: Interview business leaders to discuss business drivers and challenges
    • Form Council of Champions
    • Form Policy-committee members
    Outcomes: Newmarket eco-industrial zone
  • 7. http:// newmarket.wikidot.com /
  • 8.
    • Small businesses report that “the most significant challenge they face is the financial impact of rising energy costs ”
    • Approximately a third of businesses indicated some interest in energy efficiency and/or waste management trainings
    WHY NEWMARKET- Mitigate risings costs of energy and waste management Source: UMass Donahue Institute, 2008
  • 9. WHY NEWMARKET- Energy Use
  • 10. WHY NEWMARKET- Waste Production
    • Initial analyses indicate Newmarket generates 27,000 tons of organic waste per year
    • This is enough feedstock to support an anaerobic digester in the district.
    • Source: Carver, L. et al. (2009). “Wind & Waste.”
  • 11. WHY NEWMARKET- Improve air quality and transportation options
    • High volume of wholesale/distribution trucks making deliveries/pick-ups
      • Over 100 diesel trucks garaged in Newmarket in 2009
    • High auto commuter rates for business employees
      • Employer assistance for commuting options is infrequent, especially as many businesses begin their shifts before public transportation is operational.
  • 12. WHY NEWMARKET- Solar Potential
    • Exception
      • 170 kW array on the South Bay Stop & Shop
    • Many large roofs, but few solar or other renewable energy installations
    South Bay Stop & Shop
  • 13. FEASIBILITY STUDIES- Energy Efficiency?
    • Objective : increase energy efficiency and operational cost savings for businesses in the district
    Approach : assist utilities in expediting EE assessment intake process by aggregating and expanding outreach to small commercial and industrial customers in Newmarket Results : achieve significant operational cost savings (1-3 year payback); lower energy-related GHG emissions from the district
  • 14. FEASIBILITY STUDIES- Pilot EV infrastructure for Newmarket vehicles?
    • Objective : encourage transition from diesel to low-emission EV vehicles for Newmarket businesses
    • Approach : pilot installation of EV charging stations in parking garages, general use lots, and loading areas; couple with grant programs to encourage EV trucking/vehicle purchases
    • Results : reduce energy use and improve air quality in Newmarket; improve environmental image of companies
  • 15. FEASIBILITY STUDIES- District-scale/Community Renewables?
    • Objective : encourage businesses to transition to renewable energy sources; drive down costs of RE installations through economies of scale
    Approach : pilot a community financed renewable installation or aggregate renewable installations to achieve economies of scale Results : reduce operational energy costs and/or provide long-term energy hedge; improve environmental image of companies
  • 16. NEXT STEPS
    • What are the best opportunities?
    • What funding and resources do we collectively bring to the table?
    • How should we prioritize opportunities?