Green Needham - The Water is Rising: Boston's Climate Change


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  • The year consisted of the fourth warmest winter, a record warm spring, the second warmest summer, and a warmer-than-average autumn.July was the warmest month ever recorded, 3.3°F above the 20th-century U.S. averageTop map shows the average temperature across the US, bottom map shows the difference from the average temp
  • These measures will help ensure that we have one of the most resilient waterfronts in the world. We are not retreating, we have opportunity to build a climate ready harbor front, and that is what we are doingGreen tech has been a huge component to this development. Greentown LabsFraunhoferNext Step LivingConnection between sustainability and economic developmentOur sustainability planning and policies not only attract these businesses to the area, they also attract and retain fresh, educated talent to the city.
  • Percentages are across the state, source Mass Clean Energy Center
  • Overview of strategies to reach 2020 goalEmphasis on alternative transportation, green buildings and renewable energy, all of which improve public health by encouraging people to walk and bike more, improving both indoor and outdoor air quality and, more generally create a strong, healthy and resilient community.
  • The most important step that Boston can take is to improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings. This will enable us to achieve about half of our GHG reduction goals. In the past few years, all levels of government have been establishing programs and policies to reduce energy use and GHG emissions from buildings. These include:MA’s Renewable Portfolio Standard requiring more electricity from solar, wind, and other renewable sourcesHigher energy standards in the MA building codeFederal efficiency requirements for major appliancesProposed regional standard to lower the carbon content of heating fuels
  • Have already reached 15,000 households and 7,000 businesses
  • City of Boston will start by disclosing energy and water useAll large and medium buildings would be required to report annual energy and water use through Portfolio Manager 2013 Non-residential buildings greater than 50,000 square feet2015 residential buildings with more than 40 units 2016 Non-residential buildings greater than 25,000 square feet 2017 Residential buildings with more than 20 unitsEnergy use per SqFt, Energy Star ratings will be publically availableBuildings with ratings below the 75th percentile in their group would be required to have ASHRAE Level 2 energy audits every 5 years Failure to comply could lead to finesThe development of regulations and implementation of the ordinance would be overseen by the Air Pollution Control Commission
  • 10.4 as of May 2013
  • Map update May 2013
  • Purchase of REQs, and biodiesel adjustment
  • Later today, I will be joining Mayor Menino to recognize 18 sustainability leaders including businesses, institutions and residents at the 2013 Greenovate Awards ceremony. This year, we are also officially launching Greenovate Boston, a collective movement to help the city reach Mayor Menino’s GHG goals.Greenovate is an umbrella sustainability brand, shared by all initiatives and programs in City Hall, as well as Boston residents, businesses, and institutions.It is a resource hub, for streamlining and delivering green resources to all Bostonians through both existing outreach outlets and new tools.And lastly and most importantly, it is a citizen-driven movement, for shifting citywide environmental consciousness in order to reach long-term greenhouse gas reduction goals. There is so much activity around sustainability in Boston, making it ripe for a collective movement that can capture the great work already going on in Bostonand amplifying it across the entire City.Greenovate Boston will include enhanced City program engagement, grassroots outreach, innovative programming, a new robust website, and an advertising campaign to kick things off.Picture here is the home page of the new website which officially went/will go live at XX.
  • In the simplest description, it is a one-stop-shop for all sustainability-related resource in the City; but it is also much more than that. It will be an inspirational and informative experience for Bostonians looking to share their stories and learn from others and the City on what actions they can take to be more sustainable. This site belongs to all of Boston and we want the community to have ownership over it and shape it as we continue to develop and expand it. Please check it out and share the site and all of its resources with your network. Join the movement by helping us get the word out.
  • Green Needham - The Water is Rising: Boston's Climate Change

    1. 1. Brian R. Swett, Chief of Environment and Energy, City of Bostonemail web &
    2. 2. 2012: Warmest Year on Recordin the U.S. by one full degree-8 Difference from the average temperature (oF) +8
    3. 3. July 2012WarmestMonthEverRecorded in the U.S.3.3°F above the20th-century U.S.average
    4. 4. Minimizing Change, Climate MitigationBlue Hills Meteorological Observatory Data
    5. 5. Sea-level ≈ 10” over past 100 yearsBoston Harbor Tide Gauge
    6. 6. 6Mean High Water + 2.5’ :Projected to occur by mid-century
    7. 7. 7Mean High Water + 5’ :Projected to occur by mid-to late-centuryEquivalent to floodingfrom Hurricane Sandy if ithit during high tide
    8. 8. 8Mean High Water + 7.5’:Could occur by late-centuryCharles River Dam is over-toppedSandy at mid-century
    9. 9. Boston1630Greenovate Boston 9
    10. 10. Boston1630 -2012Greenovate Boston 10
    11. 11. • First plan in 2007,followed by SparkingBoston’s ClimateRevolution in 2010, planupdated in 2011, nextupdate 2014• Plan addressesmitigation, adaptation,communityengagement and socialequity
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    13. 13. • Advise the City on the implementation of itsClimate Action Plan• Engage sector leadership in aligning theirassets and initiatives to support the planoutcomes• Highlight and promote best practiceexamples within and across sectors thatadvance The Climate Action Plan’s goals13
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    15. 15. 15Solar Powered FuelingStations for EmergencyVehicles at 400 FrontageRoad 120 kWDeer Island Constructed to Withstand 2 Feet of SeaLevel RiseSolar Powered TrafficSignals Along EvacuationRoute
    16. 16. 16Climate Ready Boston 2.5.13#ClimateReadyBosPlanningExisting BuildingsNew BuildingsEmergencyResponse
    17. 17. • Cabinet-level Task Force• GRC climate adaptationworking group willrecommend climatepreparedness actions for:– Institutions and businesses– The City of Boston to supportinstitutions and businesses– The City and public sector towork together to addressactions outside the scope ofinstitutions and business17ProductionGridBuildings
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    21. 21. 21Mechanical, electricaland emergencyservices on roof out ofharm’s wayOperable windowskeyed open in event ofsystems failureCritical patient programsabove ground floorKey floors above 2085High Estimate 100-year FloodSpaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
    22. 22. A Growing Mix of Innovation Businesses
    23. 23. Green Collar Job Growth2011: 6.7%increase in jobs2012: 11.2%increase in jobs2013: 12.4%projected increaseBoston clean energyindustry more than64,000 jobs
    24. 24. 2011 GHG Emissions: 6,766,714 CO2e6. 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011MetricTonsofCO2eMillionsBoston Community CO2eComm/Ind3,494,458,52%Transpor-tation2,051,960,30%Residential1,197,153,18%MWRA23,140, 0%Emissions by Sector (CO2e)
    25. 25. 25%80% 2010 2015 2020 2025 2030 2035 2040 2045 2050GreenhouseGasEmissions(MillionmetrictonsCO2e)2080 Goal Trajectory Measured Greenhouse Gas Emissions2020 Goal BaselineEmissions are 11% Since 2005
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    27. 27. By 2020, assuming the utility programs continue asexpected and the Boston community fullyparticipates, Renew Boston and the utilities will makedramatic changes.150,000 households (65% of total)30,000 businesses (70% of total)Goal:01002003004005006007008009001,000Jan-Mar 2010Apr-Jun 2010Jul-Sep 2010Oct-Dec 2010Jan-Mar 2011Apr-Jun 2011Jul-Sep 2011Oct-Dec 2011Jan-Mar 2012Apr-Jun 2012Jul-Sep 2012HousingUnitsRenew Boston Home Weatherization Projects in BostonHome Insulation Improvements
    28. 28. Green & HealthyBuildingsArticle 37 - Green BuildingZoning based on LEED, 2007- Private Construction 1st innationStretch Energy Code, 201020% BETTER energyperformanceClimate Change AdaptationQuestionnaireBuilding Energy Reportingand Disclosure OrdinanceAllston Green District – LEED SilverThe Homes at Old Colony – LEED PlatinumE Positive ProgramCastle Square – LEED PlatinumAtlantic Wharf – LEED Platinum
    29. 29. Energy Disclosure Ordinance2013City ofBostondisclosesenergy andwater use2014Non-Residentialbuildingsgreaterthan 50,000sq. ft.2015Residentialbuildingswith 50+units2016Non-Residentialbuildingsgreaterthan 35,000sq. ft.2017Residentialbuildingswith 35+units
    30. 30. 31Boston
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    32. 32. Transportation2011 emissions: 2,051,961 million tons CO2e2020 reduction goal: 28%Greenovate Boston 33Gasoline73%Diesel15%MBTA12%Transportation Emissions by Source
    33. 33. Electric Cars & Charging StationsGreenovate Boston 34
    34. 34. Evboston Charging Station Map Boston 35
    35. 35. 36MultimodalGreenSmartBoston Complete Streets
    36. 36. 3710% by 2020#16 in the U.S.Installed 60 miles of bike lanesBetween 2007 - 2012Bikes = 1.4% commuter tripsDuring 2010,Among top 70 largest cities
    37. 37. Launched July 2011,105stations system widewith 72 in Boston & over1,000 bikes, 142,000rides in 1st 4 months and675,000since thelaunch, Mitigated 230tons of carbon, 2,400ridesperday in Oct 2012,7,885 Active AnnualBIKESHAREGreenovate Boston 38
    38. 38. Leading by ExampleFY2011 GHG emissions:166,722 tons CO2e
    39. 39. Between 2010 and 2012, the City reduced its energy load by 21million kWh through conservation measuresBetween 2010-2012 the City installed new gas street lightcontrollers and new boilers that will result in annual natural gassavings equal to 68,708 thermsIn FY2012 the City budgeted $57.7 million for energy; in thecurrent fiscal year 2013 the City budgeted $55.5 million.For each $1 that has been spent on the new energy managerspositions over the last two years, the City has received more than$23 in combined utility incentive payments and operational savings
    40. 40. 41LED Street LightingLong life & high reliabilityLEDs offer 50-80% energysavingsLEDs are designed to last over 12 yearsThis project pays for itself in 1.5 yearsStreetlights = 18% of municipal GHG emissions
    41. 41. LED Street LightingLEDs are designed to last over 12 yearsAnnual savings= $2.8million peryear-or-¼of the totalStreetlight budget
    42. 42. 14,876metric tonsCO2e2,917 PassengerVehicles or1,288 Homes
    43. 43. Municipal Renewable EnergyO’Bryan School 2.3 kWBoston Arts Academy 2.3 kWArchives Building 95 kW400 Frontage Rd 120 kW
    44. 44. East Boston Roxbury West RoxburyGrowing Boston Greener100,000 New Trees By 2020Greenovate Boston 45Increase Tree Canopy to 35% by 2020
    45. 45. Our Parks, Greenways, & Open Space
    46. 46. 47Community Gardens:3000 plots, 500,000 lbs. ofproduce/year valued at $1.2MBoston Bounty Bucks: Accessinghealthy, fresh foods in Boston’sneighborhoodsCommunity Servings Farm:BPHC’s organic farm in Bostonoffers homeless adults experienceand job training, while providingorganic food to the Long IslandHomeless Shelter.Urban Agriculture ZoningUrban Agriculture & Community Gardens
    47. 47. Greenovate BostonDrive Bostonians to GreenovateBoston.orgRaise awareness about climate changeRaise awareness about climate actionsMotivate action
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    49. 49. 52Like us on Facebook –Greenovate BostonFollow us on Twitter -@GreenovateBosBrian R. SwettChief of Environment and