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Presentation at 2016 Massachusetts Sustainable Campuses and Communities Conference

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  1. 1. HOLYOKE SUSTAINABILITY IN
  2. 2. LEGACY OF LEADERSHIP ▸ Power Generation and Energy Efficiency ▸ 94% carbon-neutral power for retail ▸ 21% reduction in municipal power draw since 2009 ▸ Policies and Ordinances ▸ Green Communities ▸ Adaptive Reuse of Historic Properties ▸ Neighborhoods go Green ▸ Stormwater Management ▸ Transit ▸ Multi-modal hub ▸ Complete Streets ▸ Fostering Green Economy ▸ Recruiting and supporting green businesses (MGHPCC, Aegis) ▸ Funding for green investment OVERVIEW
  3. 3. POWER - GENERATION ▸ Hadley Falls Dam & Associated Canal System ▸ Acquired system & distribution lines from Northeast Utilities in 2001 ▸ Mix of Solar and Hydro = 94% of retail consumption with carbon-free power ▸ Upstream and downstream fish migration system as of 2015 ▸ Solar has been the fastest growing category with 9 MW of constructed and permitted capacity in the pipeline POWER
  4. 4. POWER - RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT ▸ HG&E and the City are working to identify test locations for pilot projects for micro-hydro in the canal system ▸ UMass - Amherst and HG&E deploying smart meters to manage grid ▸ UMass - Amherst and Economic Development Dept are developing a guide for retrofitting existing mill buildings for rooftop solar ▸ UMass - Amherst and City to develop longitudinal study of effects of reforesting the City using micro climate data POWER
  5. 5. POWER AT A FRACTION OF THE CARBON FOOTPRINT ▸ HG&E’s Carbon Footprint is less than one tenth of that of an average utility in New England. ▸ 53.82 lbs of carbon dioxide per MWh produced (New England avg. = 830 lbs) POWER
  6. 6. SUSTAINABLE POLICIES ▸ Holyoke became a Green Community in 2010 ๏ Since 2010 → 21% reduction in energy consumption within the municipal sector ๏ Stretch Code, Fuel Efficient Vehicles, 20% reduction commitment ▸ Stormwater Management ๏ Holyoke stormwater ordinance incentivizes innovation ๏ Ordinance requires 25% reduction in PEAK FLOW runoff POLICIES
  7. 7. SUSTAINABLE POLICIES ▸ Adaptive Reuse ๏ Preserving historic buildings ๏ Flexible Zoning to facilitate reuse ๏ Retrofitting existing structures to cut carbon emissions ▸ Neighborhoods ๏ Streetscape Improvements ๏ Tree Planting ๏ Park renovations ๏ Public art POLICIES
  8. 8. PROJECTS - GREEN COMMUNITIES ▸ 21% Reduction in Municipal Power Consumption ๏ LED Conversions for Street, Traffic, and Parking Lot Lights ๏ Electric vehicle charging stations ๏ Fuel efficient vehicle purchasing policy for fleet ๏ Mechanical upgrades to HVAC to reduce fuel use PROJECTS
  9. 9. PROJECTS - STORMWATER MANAGEMENT ▸ Raingardens requirement with all new projects ▸ Conway School of Landscape Design’s “Holyoke Green Streets Guidebook” → incorporation of green infrastructure into street redesigns [2014 BSLA Merit Award] ▸ Addressed 500 million gallons of CSO overflows through hard infrastructure upgrades ▸ Exploring option of eliminating remaining overflows w/ combination of green infrastructure and targeted upgrades PROJECTS
  10. 10. PROJECTS - ADAPTIVE REUSE ▸ Redevelopment of Existing Buildings as a matter of policy ๏ Holyoke Catholic conversion to Chestnut Park Apartments ๏ Holyoke Creative Arts Center ๏ Open Square ๏ Gateway City Arts ▸ Thousands of square feet of existing buildings reused ▸ Stretch Code → efficient alternative to standard building code PROJECTS
  11. 11. PROJECTS - NEIGHBORHOODS ▸ Since 2010, parks have served as a major component of neighborhood revitalization ▸ 2011 - Holyoke Canal Walk Phase I ▸ 2012 - Community Field - 3.1 Million Dollar rehab ▸ 2013 - Veterans’ Park - 1.4 Million Dollar rehab ▸ 2013 - Holyoke Skate Park - 500K renovation of Pulaski Park* ▸ 2013 - Carlos Vega Park ▸ 2014 - Avery Field Renovation ▸ 2014 - Pina Park ▸ 2015 - Canal Walk Phase II PROJECTS
  12. 12. PROJECTS - NEIGHBORHOODS ▸ Reforesting Holyoke ▸ Goal is to plant 5,300 Trees ▸ Halfway there! PROJECTS
  13. 13. PROJECTS - PUBLIC ART ▸ Encourages Walking and Begins Conversations ▸ Street Furniture ▸ Murals ▸ Creative Re-use of public space PROJECTS
  14. 14. PROJECTS - COMPLETE STREETS ▸ 1st Community in Western Massachusetts to Adopt ๏ Canal Walk ๏ Pedestrian Crossing Improvements ๏ Streetscape Enhancements ๏ Bike Lanes ๏ Pioneer Valley Bike Share PROJECTS
  15. 15. TRANSIT NETWORKED FOR MULTIPLE PATHWAYS ▸ Multi-Modal Transit Hub ▸ Holyoke Rail Platform (2015) - Northeast connection ▸ Holyoke Transportation Center (2010) - Regional Hub ▸ Zip Car (2014) - decentralized shared use ▸ Pioneer Valley Bike Share (2017 est.) - decentralized shared use PROJECTS
  16. 16. RECRUITING GREEN INDUSTRY ▸ Small Carbon Footprint resulted in the MGHPCC choosing Holyoke as its home ▸ Internationally significant facility with five major research institutions involved in managing the site ▸ Partnerships with local school system to increase interest in programming as a career INDUSTRY
  17. 17. REGAINING INDUSTRIAL JOBS ▸ Renewable Energy Development Fund ▸ Partnership between HG&E and City to leverage grant funding to incentivize economic development ▸ Parsons Paper Redevelopment with Aegis Energy is a prime example INDUSTRY
  18. 18. THANK YOU

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