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Deneen Simpson MAS 2018

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Presentation at 2018 Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference in Plymouth, MA

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Deneen Simpson MAS 2018

  1. 1. ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE Deneen Simpson, MassDEP EJ Director Danah Tench, Esq., Deputy General Counsel Sustainability Conference – Plymouth, MA April 27, 2018 1
  2. 2. TODAY’S PRESENTATION  What is Environmental Justice?  Overview of Environmental Justice at MassDEP  Environmental Justice and Sustainability  EJ activities on the horizon at MassDEP  Questions? 2
  3. 3. WHAT IS ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE? Environmental Justice is based on the principle that all people have a right to be protected from environmental hazards, and to live in and enjoy a clean and healthful environment regardless of race, color, national origin, income, or English language proficiency. Environmental Justice is the equal protection and meaningful involvement of all people and communities with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of energy, climate change and environmental laws, regulations, and policies and the equitable distribution of energy and environmental benefits and burdens. 3
  4. 4. ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE POPULATIONS CRITERIA  Income – median annual household income is at or below 65 percent of the statewide median income for Massachusetts ($70,954 based on US Census/ACS 2012- 2016);  Minority Population - 25% or more of the residents identify as a race other than white; and  English Language Isolation – 25% or more of households have no one over the age of 14 who speaks English only or speaks English very well. 4
  5. 5. 2010 EJ POPULATIONS (2010 U.S. CENSUS) 5
  6. 6. MASSDEP EJ WEBPAGE 6
  7. 7. MASSDEP EJ TEAM  Meets Quarterly (4th Tuesday of the month)  Representatives from all regions, bureaus, programs, and offices makes up the EJ Team  Opportunity to:  Share EJ projects and activities  Ask questions  Hear about EJ activities from other agencies (nationally and locally)  Learn about EJ opportunities, grants, trainings, webinars, etc.  Opportunity to address EJ issues and problem solve 7
  8. 8. MASSDEP EJ TEAM MISSION To advise MassDEP Senior Leadership on how best to ensure the equal protection and meaningful involvement of all people residing in the Commonwealth with respect to environmental protection and the equitable development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. 8
  9. 9. MASSDEP EJ TEAM MEMBERS (BACKUPS) Deneen Simpson, EJ Director  COMM – Kate Kerrigan  COMM – Michelle Waters- Ekanem  BPE – Ann Lowery  BWR – Steve McCurdy  BAW – Winnie Prendergast  BWSC – Elizabeth Callahan  CERO – Ning Chen (Joe Bellino)  ESF – Tim Dame  ORS – Sandra Baird  NERO – Marc LaPlante (John D. Viola)  SERO – Jen Viveiros (Angela Gallagher)  WERO – Elizabeth Stinehart  OADR – Bridget Munster  OGC – Danah Tench (Rishi Reddi)  GIS – Brian Brodeur (Alice Doyle) 9
  10. 10. LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY  Language Bank Volunteers consists of 36 MassDEP staff with varying skill levels in 22 different languages  PRF-63 – Foreign Language Interpretation and Translation Services  Communications Document aka Flag Document  I Speak Poster (Limited English Proficiency Poster)  Alternative Media Outlets (ethnic newspapers and radio stations, local cable channels) 10
  11. 11. COMMUNICATIONS DOCUMENT AKA FLAG DOCUMENT 11
  12. 12. I SPEAK POSTER (FOR LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT INDIVIDUALS) 12
  13. 13. ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND CLIMATE o MassDEP is responsible for drafting regulations setting statewide greenhouse gas emissions limits for 2020 mandated by the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) o The new GWSA regulations promulgated in August 2017 will positively benefit EJ Communities: o 310 CMR 7.74(6)(h) requires the Department to conduct a series of auctions for the years 2019- 2050 and to sell allowances to be used by owners or operators of electricity generating facilities to offset CO2 emissions. o Proceeds from auctions will support programs or projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in environmental justice communities. 13
  14. 14. ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND CLIMATE (CONT’D) o Reducing GHG benefits EJ Communities by: o Under RGGI and other clean energy programs MA power plant CO2 emissions have declined more than 45% since 2005. o Reduce air pollution (such as ozone, particulate matter) that contributes to breathing difficulty and illness o RGGI proceeds have also been allocated to programs that help low-income homeowner’s replace defective or unsafe heating equipment to respond to winter-heating emergencies. 14
  15. 15. RGGI COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT MEETINGS  RGGI /EJ Community Involvement Meetings (Dartmouth & Springfield)  Partnered with DOER  Provide notice to community about meeting via advocacy groups (as early as possible)  Central location & convenient time (6:30pm -8:30pm)  Translation of Fact Sheets (Spanish)  Purpose of meeting EJ communities interested in how EJ communities can benefit from RGGI proceeds. 15
  16. 16. ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND CLIMATE (CONT’D) MassDEP provides information to communities about the MassSave Program which provides: • A no-cost home energy assessment to identify the energy- saving improvements right for your home • Up to $2000 toward the cost of purchasing and installing approved energy-saving measures • Money-saving rebates when you install qualifying energy- efficient equipment MassSave Brochure (Residential): http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/docs/dpl/boards/hi/props/mass-save- brochure.pdf MassSave Brochure (Municipality): http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/doer/green-communities/eap/mass- save-municipal-sector-sheet.pdf 16
  17. 17. MASSSAVE BROCHURE (RESIDENTIAL) 17
  18. 18. MASSSAVE BROCHURE (MUNICIPAL) 18
  19. 19. MASSSAVE WEBPAGE FOR PLYMOUTH, MA / https://www.masssave.com 19
  20. 20. GREEN & SUSTAINABLE CLEANUPS The application of greener cleanup practices and activities can help to eliminate or reduce, to the extend practicable, total energy use, air pollution emissions, greenhouse gases, water use, materials consumption, and ecosystem and water resources impacts resulting from the performance of assessment and remediation through energy efficiency, renewable energy use, materials management, waste reduction, land management, and ecosystem protection. Contact: Tom Potter, Bureau of Waste Site Cleanup thomas.potter@state.ma.us https://www.mass.gov/service-details/conduct-green-sustainable- cleanups 20
  21. 21. GREEN SUSTAINABLE CLEANUP 21
  22. 22. ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND SUSTAINABILITY  Collaboration MassDEP, EPA Region 1, DOER and Eversource at Houses of Worship in environmental justice communities to assist with energy efficiency;  Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP) Municipal Grants  MassDEP accepts applications between early April and mid June annually (deadline June 13, 2018)  MassDEP SMRP Municipal Grant funding may be used to improve local recycling, composting, reuse, and household hazardous waste diversion programs  Cities, towns, regional authorities, and certain non-profit organizations that provide solid waste-related services to them are eligible to apply  Grant Information Webinars https://www.mass.gov/how-to/sustainable-materials-recovery- program-smrp-municipal-grants 22
  23. 23. HOUSE OF WORSHIP (GOD IS GREEN) 23
  24. 24. SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS RECOVERY PROGRAM (SMRP) MUNICIPAL GRANTS 24
  25. 25. EJ ACTIVITIES ON THE HORIZON AT MASSDEP  Develop EJ Strategy pursuant to the 2017 EEA EJ Policy and begin implementation  EJ Training for MassDEP Technical Staff & Lawyers  GIS (EJ Layers, EJ Viewer)  EJ 101 (Partnering with US EPA Region 1) 25
  26. 26. EJ ACTIVITIES ON THE HORIZON AT MASSDEP (CONT’D)  Continue conducting outreach to promote Environmental Justice as an integral part of MassDEP’s everyday work  Engage and encourage others to hold pre-application meetings in EJ communities  Evaluate possible grant solar opportunities for EJ communities through the Dept of Energy Resource’s SMART Program  https://www.mass.gov/solar-massachusetts-renewable-target- smart 26
  27. 27. MASS DEPT OF ENERGY RESOURCES SMART PROGRAM 27
  28. 28. AGENCY WEB PAGES  Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection  https://www.mass.gov/clean-energy-results-program  https://www.mass.gov/climate-clean-energy-massdep o Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources o https://www.mass.gov/guides/doer-divisions-and-services o Massachusetts Clean Energy Center • http://www.masscec.com/ o The Office of Technical Assistance and Technology • https://www.mass.gov/orgs/office-of-technical-assistance-and- technology 28
  29. 29. MASSDEP CONTACTS: Deneen Simpson, EJ Director Commissioner’s Office One Winter Street, 2nd Floor Boston, MA 02108 617 292-5906 deneen.simpson@state.ma.us Danah Tench, Esq., Deputy General Counsel Office of General Counsel One Winter Street, 3rd Floor Boston, MA 02108 617 574-6860 danah.tench@state.ma.us 29
  30. 30. ADDITIONAL CONTACTS MassDEP Clean Energy Results Program (CERP) Jamie Doucette - james.doucette@state.ma.us (617) 292-5868 MassDEP Assistant Commissioner, Planning & Evaluation Ann Lowery – ann.lowery@state.ma.us (617) 292-5846 MassDOER Renewable Energy Program Coordinator Kaitlin Kelly - kaitlin.kelly@state.ma.us (617) 626-7343 Office of Technical Assistance & Technology (Climate Change Resources for Business) Tiffany Stogstrom – tiffany.strogstrom@state.ma.us (617) 626-1086 30
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