Resident Actions: Overview

Goals:

  • Achieve 100% participation in MassSave home energy assessments (HEA) amongst homeowners, resulting in full implementation of all recommendations up to $2,000 worth of energy efficiency home improvements.
  • Switch an increasingly large percentage (80% by 2050) of energy generated by polluting fossil fuels to clean, safe, sustainable energy sources in home energy and vehicle use, regardless of income and ownership or rental status.
  • Shift an increasingly large percentage of trips (including work and school commutes, errands, and social trips) from single occupancy vehicles to transit (bus, bus rapid transit, train, and trolley), bicycle (personal bicycle, Bikeshare, or pedicab), walking, ride-sharing, car-pooling, and other means as they become available.
  • Achieve 100% rate of participation in homeowners and renters’ insurance coverage.
  • Achieve 100% access to air conditioning.

Residents are responsible for an estimated: 56% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Springfield, including 29% of emissions from transportation and 27.1% of emissions from building energy usage (heating, cooling, and electricity use).  Residents’ climate actions, however, can only go so far without significant, sustained, and targeted investment from the City. Research suggests that determined, immediate action by property owners in all sectors (residential, commercial, industrial, government) could achieve 20% reduction in energy use relatively easily.

 

 

STRATEGIES

 

  1. Demand the City and key collaborators (utilities, state government, anchor institutions, and local foundations) allocate necessary resources, and/or secure additional funding as needed, to aggressively implement this plan on all fronts. Subsidize vulnerable residents’ participation as needed, with the utmost urgency, regardless of who is serving on the City Council or as Mayor.
    • Advocate for regulatory changes necessary to incentivize maximization of energy efficiency, in all projects, including but not limited to: construction/de-construction, rehabilitation and demolition, water conservation, etc.
    • Advocate for utilities and other collaborators to develop programs to provide no cost homeowners/renters insurance if property owners get a MassSave home energy assessment (HEA) and implement all recommendations up to $2,000 maximum incentives.
    • Advocate for utilities and other collaborators to develop programs to provide super energy efficient air conditioners to all property owners/renters that receive MassSave HEAs and implement to $2,000 maximum incentives.
    • Advocate for the City to implement the existing Complete Streets Plan
  2. Join in advocacy with the Springfield City Council and Mayor and state representatives, and senators for state commitment to 40 year sustainable funding for climate action and resilience.
  3. Homeowners and renters should commit to requesting MassSave HEAs and implementing recommendations to the total $2,000 of maximum incentives. This action would qualify participants to take advantage of the recommended new utility/MassSave/collaborator initiative which provides homeowner’s and renter’s property insurance and super energy efficient air conditioners (see Confidence in City Government Overview, Strategy 12).
  4. Homeowners and renters should advocate for clean, safe, sustainable energy through City aggregation.
  5. Homeowners and renters should commit to purchasing community solar or another clean, safe, sustainable energy source to achieve 10% renewable energy consumption by 2025, 30% by 2030, 50% by 2040, and 80% by 2050.
  6. Residents should commit to signing up with City 311, Springfield’s resident ↔ City communication system, and also with reverse the 911 emergency information text messaging system.
  7. Residents should commit to informing themselves of the City’s emergency shelter system, including shelter locations, accessibility, hours of operation, etc.
  8. Residents should commit to not drive alone (instead taking public transit, carpooling, walking, or cycling) or drive clean vehicles (electric or hybrid) one day per week for 2 years, and then increase to 2-3 days per week over 5-8 years, then increase to 3-4 days per week by 2030.
  9. Residents should commit to advocate for a grocery store in Mason Square.
  10. Residents and landlords should commit to hosting green infrastructure (i.e. rain gardens, rain barrels, permeable driveways and pavement, or green roofs) on their property.
  11. Resident should commit to planting and maintaining more trees on their property as directed by the City Urban Forestry plan, and with guidance from the City Forester and/or ReGreen Springfield.
  12. Residents should commit to living sustainably: turning off lights when leaving rooms; keeping thermostat as low in the winter and high in the summer as comfortable to maximize energy efficiency; not idling while driving; recycling, re-using, and reducing waste, etc.
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