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Meghan Shaw MAS2019

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

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Meghan Shaw MAS2019

  1. 1. City of Cambridge - Community Development Department Getting to a Net Zero Cambridge City of Cambridge Community Development Department 1 Meghan Shaw Nikhil Nadkarni
  2. 2. City of Cambridge - Community Development Department Cambridge’s Climate Goals • 2002 Climate Protection Action Plan: goal of 80% reduction in GHG emissions by 2050 • Approximately 80% of emissions in Cambridge come from the energy we use in buildings 2
  3. 3. City of Cambridge - Community Development Department Net Zero Action Plan 3 • Adopted in 2015 • Specific actions and strategies to address energy use in buildings • Goal of 70% reduction by 2040 (and to zero by midcentury) • Energy efficiency in existing buildings is critical
  4. 4. City of Cambridge - Community Development Department Cambridge Energy Alliance 4 • Founded over 10 years ago to help Cambridge residents and small businesses save energy and money • Community-based outreach to connect with residents and provide information • Outreach through outdoor events, school activities, BlueBikes ads, mailings, and social media
  5. 5. City of Cambridge - Community Development Department Connecting People to Many Programs 5 • MassSave offers free home energy assessments and deep incentives for energy efficiency • Funded by all ratepayers • Mass Clean Energy Center offers programs and incentives for renewable energy • Incentives for solar and renewable heating and cooling • Massachusetts is ranked #1 in the country for efficiency programs • CEA helps Cambridge residents connect to these programs
  6. 6. City of Cambridge - Community Development Department Cambridge Multifamily Energy Pilot 6 • How can energy upgrades become easier for apartment and condo buildings? • Partnership between City and MassSave since 2017 • No-cost energy assessment • Free solar assessment • Local bank support • Retrofit Advisor to help answer technical questions
  7. 7. City of Cambridge - Community Development Department Sunny Cambridge 7 • Campaign launched in 2016 to help Cambridge go solar • Marketplace approach to connect people to qualified installers • Nearly 500 kW installed to date through the platform 1. Homeowners create property profiles 2. Solar installers design systems, submit quotes 3. Homeowners compare quotes & select one
  8. 8. City of Cambridge - Community Development Department Renewable Thermal Marketplace (coming soon) 8 • On site fuel use (gas, oil) is 56% of our energy use • Growing interest in solar hot water and air-source heat pumps • Can help homes save money • Can provide cooling to homes without it • Cuts GHGs drastically from fossil fuels • New marketplace coming this spring • Pre-vetted installers • Free independent advisor to help choose between options
  9. 9. City of Cambridge - Community Development Department Cambridge Community Electricity 9
  10. 10. City of Cambridge - Community Development Department Cambridge Community Electricity 10
  11. 11. City of Cambridge - Community Development Department Cambridge Community Electricity 11
  12. 12. City of Cambridge - Community Development Department Thanks! 12 Meghan Shaw Nikhil Nadkarni outreach@ cambridgeenergyalliance.org

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