Solving America’s Big Green Mortgage Dilemma: A $1 million investment in PACE upgrades can avoid the equivalent of 1,400 metric tons of CO2 emissions, about the same amount of carbon 300 passenger cars emit in one year

Lenders are finding that residential mortgages are often one of the biggest line items on their books when it comes to carbon. By Emily Chasan, Bloomberg, August 5, 2020 Sign up to receive the Green Daily newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Green mortgages are one of the great mysteries of green finance. For years, there has been an expectation that markets …

Rich Americans Emit up to 15 Times As Much Carbon As Their Poorer Neighbors

A new study confirms the obvious: big houses have bigger footprints. But wait, there’s more. By Lloyd Alter, Treehugger, July 21, 2020 The conclusion of a new study – The carbon footprint of household energy use in the United States – that everyone is focusing on would seem obvious: “Wealthier Americans have per capita footprints ∼25% higher than those of lower-income residents, primarily …

Regulatory Solutions for Building Decarbonization: Tools for Commissions and Other Government Agencies

Regulatory Solutions for Building Decarbonization: Tools for Commissions and Other Government Agencies + NEAT Tool in LA at the bottom 2020  |  By  Sherri Billimoria and Mike Henchen DOWNLOAD To meet the imperative of curbing climate change and restoring clean and healthy air to our communities, it is critical that policymakers act to eliminate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the building sector. …

Freedom from coal: Coal was the fuel for more than half of US electricity as recently as 2003, but was down to less than 25 percent last year and is some of most expensive to operate now

Excerpt from Inside Climate News We don’t need coal and it’s cheaper to get rid of it. Coal was the fuel for more than half of the country’s electricity as recently as 2003, but was down to less than 25 percent last year. And coal’s decline is accelerating, with many coal-fired power plants sitting idle during the coronavirus crisis because those plants are …

Massachusetts may become just the third state, after California and New York, to begin planning for a managed decline of its conventional natural gas industry and gas in new buildings

According to the petition, the DPU should examine the investment needed to ensure a safe and reliable gas system over the next 30 years, while gas demand declines. The AG’s Office also urges the DPU to examine whether there are other cost-effective alternatives to traditional gas infrastructure investment that may be better aligned with the state’s climate goals. The AG’s …

Home heating is largest use of fossil fuel in buildings, which are the largest source of GHGs in urban areas: It’s time to incentivize residential heat pumps. 5 to 8 million buildings add or replace heating equipment each year

5 to 8 million US buildings will add or replace heating equipment each year. Each one of these decisions may lock in fossil fuel use in buildings for decades since gas furnaces have a 15- to 20-year lifetime. June 8, 2020  |  By RMI. Claire McKenna, Amar Shah, Mark Silberg The United States has made significant progress decarbonizing the electricity sector in recent …

Buildings account for nearly 80% of GHG emissions in some cities. Clean energy policies foster growth in local jobs.

St. Louis last week became the first Midwest city to pass a Building Energy Performance Standard (BEPS) to advance the city’s goal of eliminating community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. The BEPS plan is applicable to buildings that are 50,000 square feet or larger and were already required to report their energy and water use under current city law. Under BEPS, those …

100 million Americans, including 27 million children lack access to decent nearby green spaces

Low-income households and people of color in cities are least likely to live near decent green spaces . low-income households and people of color least likely to live close to parks with basic amenities like bathrooms, playgrounds and basketball courts. Multiple studies have shown that spending time in green spaces reduces stress and improves physical and psychological wellbeing for adults …

Concrete – pollution reduction

University of California – Davis. “Concrete solutions that lower both emissions and air pollution: Air quality and climate change intertwine in unexpected ways; a concrete example.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 23 March 2020. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200323132416.htm> Sometimes, fixing one problem can create another. Concrete production contributes 8 percent of global greenhouse gases, and demand continues to rise as populations and incomes grow. Yet some …

Customer-Focused Alternatives to Gas Will Provide Health Benefits and Local Economic Development. Direct building emissions from gas contribute 10 percent of nation’s total GHG pollution.

Last year, New York’s legislature and Governor Cuomo made a major commitment to climate action, passing the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). The CLCPA commits the state to emissions reductions of 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030 and 85 percent by 2050. Along the way, New York’s electricity system must be 70 percent renewable by 2030 and 100 …