Community Climate Action and Air Quality Grants
The City of Boston's Community Climate Action and Air Quality Grants (previously called Transportation and Air Quality Grants), administered by the Air Pollution Control Commission, provide funding to neighborhood, business, academic, and other groups for projects related to reducing air pollution emissions.
The Community Climate Action and Air Quality grant program is focused on small community projects designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.
Greenhouse gases-including carbon dioxide and methane-increase the retention of heat in the atmosphere. The effects of climate change in Boston will likely include greater flooding, more intense storms, and more frequent and intense heat waves. In 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are air pollutants under the terms of the federal Clean Air Act. The largest source of greenhouse gases is the burning of fossil fuels in on-road and off-road vehicles, power plants, and boilers and furnaces.
In FY 2009, the program awarded to five neighborhood organizations dedicated to community climate action initiatives that encourage and support Boston residents, and businesses in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving energy.
- ACE (Alternatives for Community and Environment): Reducing Greenhouse Gases through Education and Outreach in Roxbury and Dorchester
- ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now): Carbon Reduction Outreach Program
- Kit Clark Senior Center: Hybrid/Electric Van Project
- Mass. Energy Consumers Alliance: Renewable Energy for the City of Boston
- Sustainable Business Network: Sustainable Business Leader Program
More information on the 2009 Winners >>
The FY 2008 program focused on the installation of emissions-control equipment (retrofits) for on- and off-road diesel vehicles.
In FY 2007, the program's first year, the City, with matching funding from the Commonwealth's Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, awarded six TAQ grants totaling $200,000.
- ICLEI: Boston Clean Air Cabs Project.
- Consensus Building Institute; Asthma Regional Council; Greater Boston Breathes Better; Health Care Without Harm: Cleaning Construction: Reducing Air Pollution from Construction Vehicles at Boston Health Care Facilities.
- Harvard School of Public Health; Mission Hill Health Movement: The Influence of Traffic on Air Quality in Brigham Circle: A Community-University Partnership
- Dorchester Bay EDC, Codman Square NDC, Mattapan CDC, Southwest Boston CDC: Fairmount/Indigo CDC Environmental Justice Fellows Program: Building Tenant Leaders in High-Impact Vehicle Pollution Areas.
- Alternatives for Community and Environment; BOLD Teens; Dorchester Environmental Health Coalition; Greater Four Corners Action Coalition; Neighborhood of Affordable Housing: Air Pollution Hot Spot Network: Roxbury, Dorchester, and East Boston.
- Consensus Building Institute: Boston Air Quality Symposium Facilitation.