Mariella Puerto is Director of Barr's Climate program, managing grantmaking and other initiatives to advance equitable solutions for clean energy, mobility, and resilient communities. She serves as Chair of the board of the Environmental Grantmakers Association.
In Boston and most cities, the majority of GHG emissions come from buildings (in Boston, they are responsible for 74% of the city's carbon footprint).
For the second year in a row, Massachusetts nabbed the number spot on a list ranking states by their energy efficiency initiatives. In this post, Senior Program Officer Mariella Puerto talks to Ian Bowles, former Secretary of Energy and Environment for Massachusetts, and Jeremy McDiarmid, Massachusetts Director at Environment Northeast, to find out what this designation means, how Massachusetts got it, and what it will take to keep the momentum going.
A new approach in greater Boston is showing early promise accelerating efforts to save money and reduce our carbon footprint.
Some low-income residents can spend up to 40% of their incomes on energy and that building emissions are unnecessarily high.
For three years, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) – a collaborative effort of 10 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states – has been testing the nation's first cap-and-trade scheme to reduce carbon emissions.
For the first time in the life of its energy efficiency scorecard, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) named a state other than California in the number one spot. In a first guest post, Jeremy McDiarmid, Massachusetts Director of Barr-grantee Environment Northeast talks about what it took and what it means that Massachusetts is now the national leader on energy efficiency.
Like many cities, Boston has a Climate Action Plan. Yet, the City has more than a plan for reducing its carbon footprint. It also has the engagement of multiple sectors of the community and their shared commitment to make big changes. A new report commissioned by the Barr Foundation details how.