In March Councilor Matt O’Malley—chair of the Committee on the Environment, Sustainability, and Parks—convened the first working session to continue the process of crafting an ordinance that will move new buildings in Boston toward net-zero carbon. The effort began last year with a Council hearing.
Attorney General Maura Healey filed a brief on Tuesday, Jan. 23, regarding National Grid’s request for approval of a special contract with luxury-real-estate developer One Dalton LLC. recommending that the state’s Department of Public Utilities (DPU) deny the request. The requested deal constituted a price break for One Dalton on a gas main and also allowed for the developer to avoid energy-efficiency charges. Healey cited that such a contract would “set a precedent that would allow customers with the greatest economic resources to avoid paying their full capital investment obligations and obtain special distribution rates at the expense of other customers.”
On Dec. 11, 2017, the Boston City Council—working with BCEC—held a hearing to consider the benefits of developing net-zero-carbon requirements and incentives for future construction in Boston. Attended by more than 100 people, the hearing included three panels: Representatives of the City’s Environment Committee and BPDA; experts including an architect, engineer, facilities VP, and academic; and advocates. Many individuals gave “public testimony” as well. For details, click “Read More” below.
BCEC was represented on the Advocates Panel by MCAN; this is an excerpt from that testimony: “What is needed is a bold and more immediate plan that focuses on the built environment, which we know is responsible for between 50 and 80 percent of Boston’s climate change-causing emissions. We need to launch a planning process now that influences how buildings are built today by making them all electric, and we need to do this while the Carbon Free Boston study is going on.” Click “Read More” below to see full testimony.
The Boston City Council on Oct. 18 unanimously passed a resolution calling for a community process before PIC effects any binding decision about the proposed Back Bay/South End pipeline; the next day, PIC postponed their vote on permitting for two weeks.
Spearheaded by BCEC, seven Boston environmental groups requested responses from mayoral and City Council candidates on initiatives currently facing Boston in order to gauge their level of support. Read the results.
(Posted August 2, 2017)
On August 1, more than 50 people—including elected officials and faith leaders—gathered in front of the Boston Public Library to speak and then march against the plans to build additional gas pipelines in downtown Boston.
(Posted July 23, 2017)
In Surge of Development, We Must Keep Our Climate Goals in Mind
“While we appreciate the Globe’s running an article on the energy efficiency, or lack thereof, inherent in the current use of glass envelopes for high-rise buildings in Boston (“It’s all too clear,” Ideas, July 16), the article dances around the true issue . . .”