Business/Anchor Institution Actions

Goals:

  • Continue to lead by example.
  • Collaborate with City and other stakeholders in SHJ plan implementation.

Springfield’s commercial and industrial sectors are responsible for an estimated 39% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Springfield. These emissions stem from energy consumed  in building heating, cooling, and electricity use. In many cases, Springfield’s anchor institutions, businesses, and industry are leading the way with respect to both climate action and resilience. We applaud their leadership and seek a long-term commitment to collaborate with the City and continue to lead the way with respect to resilience and climate action.

 

STRATEGIES

 

  1. Serve at the request of the Mayor on a Strong, Healthy, and Just (SHJ) anchor institution and business commission (modeled after Boston’s Green Ribbon Commission) to ensure ongoing engagement and leadership in climate mitigation and resilience.
  2. Collaborate with PVPC to complete Springfield’s SHJ wedge and iterim scenario development and quantification of all proposed measures to ensure evaluation and refinement as necessary to achieve maximum efficiency and effectiveness.
  3. Commit to a systems thinking approach to collaboration on the implementation of the SHJ plan.
  4. Commit to implementing all policies, regulations and practices to facilitate maximum energy efficient behavior of employees, workers, and neighbors.
  5. Commit to implementing all policies, regulations and practices to maximize energy efficient processes in all business practices, starting with MassSave energy assessments and encouraging full implementation of the incentives available.
  6. Work with utilities, the Commonwealth, local foundations, and others as appropriate to create a program in which homeowners/renters who have a MassSave home energy assessment and who implement the maximum recommended home energy efficiency improvements to $2,000 receive a no cost maximum energy efficient air conditioner and homeowner’s/renters property insurance (subsidized/free as necessary).
  7. Work with local banks to offer full range of zero interest loans funded by MassSave.
  8. Contribute funds to the City to support implementation.
  9. Commit to hiring preferences for locally qualified residents.
  10. Commit to re-investing locally.
  11. Commit to focus on climate justice.
  12. Collaborate with the chamber of commerce, utilities, and the City on back-up power planning and implementation to ensure the continuity of emergency operations and back-up power as needed for critical functions.
  13. Assist employees with emergency planning.
  14. Switch increasingly large percentage (80% by 2050) of building energy used from polluting fossil fuels to clean, safe, sustainable energy sources including solar, hydropower, geo-thermal power, combined heat and power, and wind power, and vehicle fleets from gas to hybrid and electric.
  15. Shift increasingly percentage of business trips and employee commutes from single occupancy vehicles to transit (bus, bus rapid transit, train, trolley) and bike (bike share, pedicab), walking, ride-sharing, car-pooling, telecommuting, and other means as they become available.
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