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Net Zero Task Force Meeting 2 - Shared screen with speaker view
TF Adam Gould Youth (He/Him)
making sure economic justice is part of social and racial
TF David Adamian, GreenerU, he/him
Perhaps its implied, but aggressively pursuing efficacy and impact should be expressed in the principles
Peter Crawley
Offsets should be allowed, but not as sole pathway. A mandatory site-based emissions reduction pathway should also be a core principle and goal.
TF Deborah Donovan/Takeda(she/her)
consider public reporting of emissions as a requirement in the principles
TF Tom Evans CRA (he/him/his)
On the topic of principles and equity, while our jurisdiction is the Cambridge community, I think a regional awareness of policies - whether shifting growth demands or impacting equity issues should be an additional point of reference
TF Tom Sieniewicz, Planning Board, he his..
What's the change in the amount of building stock over the same period? The city has really grown over this same period.
TF David Adamian, GreenerU, he/him
It would be good to have the building stock data broken out by sector.
TF Tom Sieniewicz, Planning Board, he his..
if the GHG output is flat and the city has grown ...it's less of a bummer for those of us on the first committee...thank you Susan!
TF Peter Crawley
Any idea what GHG emission reductions the Community Aggregated Renewable Energy program have caused?
TF Jan Devereux, Green Cambridge she/her/hers
The darkest spots in Kendall/MIT and Harvard Sq on both heating & cooling demand look like they are near universities? Commercial & university labs account for 34% total use — is this correct?
FAC - Susanne Rasmussen, CDD, she/her
While the Aggregation is contributing to the development of new solar generation projects in Cambridge on the order of $350k per year (and <1000 customers buy RECs to cover 100% of their supply), the main impact to date has been lower costs for consumers. City is currently studying strategies for increasing renewable electricity in the Aggregation, potentially going to 100% over time.
TF - Margery Davies, Mothers Out Front (she/her)
To the guiding principles that should be followed, I would add strengthening mechanisms for making sure that we are meeting the goals that we have set. Something stronger than having a "commitment to goals." I think it is important for us to be able to track progress frequently, and to have some tools to use to help us keep on track.
TF Peter Crawley
Agree with Margery’s comment regarding stronger mandate to meet goals and necessity to have clear interim Science Based goals (at minimum decade goals, and preferred 5 year goals) versus just a “Neutrality by 2050” goal.
FAC - Jim Leahy (he/him)
FAC- Seth Federspiel, he/him, City of Cambridge
FAC- Seth Federspiel, he/him, City of Cambridge
Breakout Room 2:
FAC- Seth Federspiel, he/him, City of Cambridge
Question 1:• BUEDO requirements are key to driving existing building emissions down• Question of impact of custom retrofit program—is MassSave already providing sufficient information?o At least at the small residential scale, awareness is still very limitedo Education is even more important getting into more complex technologies—electrification, etc.• LCESS is key to delivering GHG-free energy and accomplishing goals• How do we know (scientifically) what is the best way to get there (and the resulting impacts); is it the TF role or the job of the consultantsQuestion 2• Technology has changed significantly, eg. GSHP in urban area facilitating electrification of commercial buildingso Could accelerate the policies• Significantly increased focus on equity—changes prioritizationo Think about using carbon fund to advance this, eg. affordable housing Funding is a key need to allow low-income to overcome up-front costs Use housing mitigation funds as modelo Microgrid and resilience• Storage—aligning
TF Jen Stevenson Zepeda (Climable) she/her
Our group discussed: EE in existing buildings has bigger impact on bottom line than new construction, but pursuing aggressive new bldg. reqs is low hanging fruit. Ensure new construction is done correctly- easy to require it to be efficient. Focus on encouraging ppl to reuse existing bldgs bc of embodied energy and pair it with electrification. Don’t want to discourage entities like labs from setting up shop ex. Moderna is doing good things these days!
FAC - Bryndis Woods (AEC, she/her)
My breakout room (David A., Tom S., Tom E., Adam G. and Pat R): Items under discussion included a lack of historical data to make informed decisions about which actions to adjust, the urgency of ensuring new buildings are net zero (needs to start well before 2030!), the important role that net zero labs will play, and the importance of air circulation and green, open spaces for the City in the post-COVID landscape.
TF Deborah Donovan/Takeda(she/her)
Breakout discussion: continue to advance BEUDO requirements and can it be accelerated? Unique challenges notes around laboratories and campus', language is drafted and furthering it to meet legal criteria. Planning/targeting 1H2021 on council's docket. Developing tools to track emissions, fees, compliance, staffing, etc. A business plan has been developed for implemention. We also discussed how compared to 5 years ago many institutions and private businesses are aggressively pursuing net-zero and we should/could be sharing best practices and what is working to leverage/accelerate ideas and adoption of them.
TF Deborah Donovan/Takeda(she/her)
Our team also mentioned the role of AI in building control systems and the impact that can have on emissions.
FAC - Marie Sorensen, Sorensen Partners, she/hers
Room 1: TF Steven Miller, TF Peter Crawley, TF Heather Henricksen, FAC Marie SorensenConsidering the current list of actions; Which of the current actions do you see as having the greatest potential impact going forward to meet our science-based targets?● 1 CPAC was tasked with looking at the plan. Some of the initiatives that are behind schedule are: BEUDO performance requirements; reporting - no mandatory requirements; proposed 20% reduction, can be met 100% through purchase of offsets. Also low carbon energy transition: if we green the grid, clearly that would have a huge impact on emissions. And, focus on labs, which use over 1/3 of energy demand but have not had a lot of pressure.
FAC - Jim Leahy (he/him)
@Margery Davies and Colin - I have notes i'll add to the chat / notes later
FAC - Marie Sorensen, Sorensen Partners, she/hers
Based on current Policy or Technology trends where do you see adjustments to actions could be made to further reduce emissions?● Residential should also be a focus.● Health impacts should also get more focus; how to figure out what largest health impacts are.● There could be more about resiliency; how does NZAP link to work of resiliency task force?● Interesting to watch the conversation migrate from EE to sustainability to resiliency● More focus on labs is needed, with teeth. Lets' find out what other net-zero focused municipalities are doing about labs. But don't want to disincentivize innovation.● Electrification of a whole building rather than installing new boilers. How to incentivize this? Come up with cohesive messaging. How much natural gas is currently heating and cooling labs? On average labs are 2.5X more energy intensive than commercial office buildings. Due to Covid, labs and other buildings went to much higher percentages outside air. Labs have enormous plug load.
TF Tom Evans CRA (he/him/his)
Reduced housing costs for lower income tenants seems critical as a co-benefit
TF Jan Devereux, Green Cambridge she/her/hers
Can someone put the co-benefits matriculates back up on the screen please? Or link to it?
TF Jen Stevenson Zepeda (Climable) she/her
I think one thing that sticks out to me is "attainability" for different stakeholders.
FAC- Seth Federspiel, he/him, City of Cambridge
FAC- Seth Federspiel, he/him, City of Cambridge
List of cobenefits linked above
TF - Gabe Shapiro (he/him) All In Energy
Employment Growth - ensure that there is equitable access for Cambridge residents to jobs created by the work subsidized through the program. Does Cambridge have anything like the Boston Residents Jobs Policy?
TF - Gabe Shapiro (he/him) All In Energy
TF Jan Devereux, Green Cambridge she/her/hers
The cost would be passed on the buyer, raising housing prices
TF Steven Miller Eversource Him
No easy answers but we do need action
TF Tom Evans CRA (he/him/his)
On the home sales required retrofit concept, a first place to look are deed restricted homeownership units were the resale is already regulated
TF Kolin Loveless-Neighborhood Nine (he/him)
The value would also be passed on in the form of updated hvac equipment and lower energy costs. And paid off over 30 years is easier to pay for than all at once or over 5 years with a masssave loan.