Mayor Announces Climate Action and Air Quality Grant Winners
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For Immediate Release
February 04, 2009
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Environment, Energy, and Open Space
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced that the City of Boston and the Boston Air Pollution Control Commission (APCC) are awarding 2009 Community Climate Action and Air Quality Grants to five neighborhood organizations.  The grants are an effort to fund community climate action initiatives that encourage and support Boston residents, businesses, and institutions reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving energy.   "These programs help Boston residents and businesses to join the City's green agenda, save money, and improve the environment," Mayor Menino said.  "These grants will make a difference in our neighborhoods. The City's leadership in sustainability means that we form partnerships at every level, especially with our residents and small businesses, so that we reach our full potential."   The Community Climate Action and Air Quality Grants are funded by the Boston Pollution Abatement Fund, a restricted fund administered by the Air Pollution Control Commission (APCC) and derived from fees and fines collected through APCC programs.  The fund is required to be used to support pollution reduction initiatives, including administration of the City's parking freezes, reduction of air pollution from vehicles, and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from all sources.

  The five grantees and their projects are:   1.      ACE (Alternatives for Community and Environment): Reducing Greenhouse Gases through Education and Outreach in Roxbury and Dorchester, $9,846

  • Train youth organizers about climate change and energy efficiency
  • Hold workshops on reducing energy use in Roxbury and Dorchester
  • Distribute information on auditing and weatherization services to ensure access for lower-income families
  2.      ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now): Carbon Reduction Outreach Program, $9,897
  • Conduct door-to-door residential outreach on energy efficiency in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan with telephone follow-up
  • Help residents fill out and submit referrals for energy audits through MassSave
  • Distribute compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and provide information on food and fuel programs
  3.      Kit Clark Senior Center: Hybrid/Electric Van Project, $9,999
  • City of Boston is providing partial funding toward the purchase of Kit Clark's first hybrid/electric van for the Meals on Wheels program
  • Kit Clark hopes to leverage this funding to develop other sources for an initial set of three hybrid/electric vans, leading to the electrification of its entire fleet
  4.      Mass. Energy Consumers Alliance: Renewable Energy for the City of Boston, $9,999
  • Purchase 200 Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) from Princeton MA wind turbine (or a viable wind project within Boston) to further stimulate the development of renewable energy sources
  • City receives matching funds through MTC's Clean Energy Choice program to use in Solar Boston or other renewable energy projects
  5.      Sustainable Business Network: Sustainable Business Leader Program, $9,999
  • Hire staff to expand the existing Sustainable Business Leader Program (SBLP) to create detailed sustainability action plans for ten additional small- to medium-sized business in Boston
  • SBLP is currently operating, in cooperation with the BRA, with a $50,000, two-year grant from the Commonwealth
  "The five APCC grant winners are leading the way to show that residents and small businesses can undertake projects that reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, save money and energy, and make Boston a healthier city," Jim Hunt, Chief of Environment and Energy for the City of Boston said.  "This program is an integral part of Mayor Menino's ongoing efforts to improve public health, the environment, and the quality of life for residents and visitors of the city."   The APCC is still accepting 2009 proposals from individuals, business entities, and nonprofit organizations for Boston-based climate action and air quality projects.  Copies of the Request for Proposals (RFP) are available at or in Room 805 of Boston City Hall.  Project proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis and be subject to a comparative review process.  For more information, call the Environment Department at 617-635-3850.


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