Energy Efficiency Resources
RENEW Boston- Provides FREE home energy assessments and free upgrades as well to those who qualify. These include insulation, air sealing, water-saving devices, and high-efficiency light bulbs. Renew Boston also provides services to help businesses with technical assistance and financial incentives to become more energy-efficient.
81 Brent Street- A local sustainably-designed residence that is planning to become Dorchester’s first LEED-platinum building. Learn more on their website about the principles and practices of the project and maybe get in touch with them…!
Solar Boston- The Mayor announced the goal of increasing Boston’s solar energy capacity to 25 Megawatts by 2025. The program encourages solar energy installation by easing permitting requirements, mapping feasible locations, and planning the city-wide bulk purchase, financing, and installation of solar technology. Check out this map made by the BRA of renewable energy (solar, wind, hydro, and biomass) already active in Boston (Dorchester hosts about 9 of them)!
Climate Change information and Resources
Carbon Footprint Calculator- Find out the amount of carbon is emitted from your personal lifestyle activities and how that compares with others. You can make huge changes to your carbon footprint by driving less frequently (especially for short walkable/bike-able trips), eating locally (and less meat), and reducing your home electricity + heat consumption (think about cold wash cycles for laundry, line-drying clothes, and energy-efficient appliances when available).
Facing the Challenges of Climate Change- learn more about the role of the individual in addressing climate change.