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Brittany Dolan MAS2019

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Presentation for the Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference on March 29, 2019 in Cambridge, MA

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Brittany Dolan MAS2019

  1. 1. Sustainability and Resiliency in Salem Brittany Dolan March 29, 2019
  2. 2. Overview o Maps of Salem: o Past o Present o Future o Sustainability • Photovoltaic Projects • Streetlight Projects o Resiliency • Forest River Pool and Bathhouse • Salem Willows Park o Outreach o Lessons Learned o Questions
  3. 3. Salem
  4. 4. Historic Salem
  5. 5. Salem Today
  6. 6. Potential Future of Salem
  7. 7. Sustainability in Salem • 100% Clean Energy Resolution • Green Community Designation since 2010 • Monitor energy usage of municipal electric and gas accounts through MassEnergyInsight • Salem PowerChoice • Always looking for opportunities to reduce fossil fuel use https://www.publiccounsel.net/dir/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2014/07/salem-sign.jpg
  8. 8. PV Installations • Witchcraft Heights Elementary School • 646 kW • Bentley Academy Charter School • 275 kW
  9. 9. Streetlight Retrofits • LED conversion for city owned streetlights (2010 and 2017) • Estimated annual savings • 1,339,863 kWh • LED conversion for traffic and pedestrian lights (2012) • Estimated annual savings • 162, 564 kWh
  10. 10. Other Projects • Applying for Solarize Plus grant program with Swampscott and Nahant • Goal is to increase PV, solar hot water, and ASHP in both residential and commercial buildings • Various updates to key pieces of equipment in schools • HVAC replacement at Salerno Auto-tech School (Salem High School) with infrared heaters
  11. 11. Resiliency in Salem • Coastal city • Vulnerable populations living in vulnerable areas • Historic assets at risk • Winter of 2018 gave a glimpse of what the future may have in store
  12. 12. 2018 Collins Cove
  13. 13. 2018 Bridge Street During Storm
  14. 14. 2016 Commercial Street King Tide
  15. 15. Forest River Pool • Closed down due to pool malfunction • Losing ~5 million gallons a year • Located adjacent to the coast • Multi-phase complicated project
  16. 16. Forest River Pool • During a storm in 2018 • Pool is frequently flooded • Renovation will include moving outside of the tidal zone
  17. 17. Forest River Pool
  18. 18. Salem Willows Park • Coastal and Historic Park • Beach, tennis courts, basketball courts, arcades, restaurants, yacht club, outdoor amphitheater, Fort Lee, Winter Island Park, Camp Naumkeag, etc. • Multi-phase plan to strategically restore Salem Willows Park
  19. 19. Salem Willows Park
  20. 20. Salem Willows Park
  21. 21. Outreach • Community engagement is growing • City committees: • Sustainability, Energy, and Resiliency Committee (SERC) • LORAX Committee • Bike Committee • Recycling Committee • Neighborhood associations • Non-profit engagement: • Salem Sound Coast Watch • Salem Alliance for the Environment • Citizen’s Climate Lobby
  22. 22. Lessons Learned • Can no longer just react • We have to be proactive in our approach to making Salem sustainable and resilient • Seek opportunities in current projects • Update Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment & Adaptation Plan • Continue learning and collaborating • Increase outreach and community engagement • Salem will continue to grow in population and number of tourists every year https://www.salem.org/wpcontent/uploads/2016/06/90efdd10c3ae33005ae3c15d250479e6d99da1fd.jpg
  23. 23. Questions? Brittany Dolan Sustainability and Resiliency Coordinator bdolan@salem.com 978-745-9595 ext. 41013 City website: www.salem.com SERC website: https://www.salem.com/sustainability- energy-and-resiliency-committee-serc

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