Boston Grant Program Supports Greener Affordable Housing

The city wants to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

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August 17, 2023, 6:00 AM PDT

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction


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A municipal grant program will help Boston property owners lower the energy consumption and carbon footprint of affordable housing developments, according to Ysabelle Kempe in Smart Cities Dive.

“The grants — funded through federal American Rescue Plan Act dollars — provide successful applicants with up to $10,000 each for comprehensive energy assessments.” The program is part of the city’s commitment to eliminate the use of fossil fuels by 2050 and follows an executive order that banned the use of fossil fuels in new and renovated city-owned buildings.

“By completing comprehensive energy assessments through the recently announced grant program, affordable housing building owners will be well-positioned to receive additional competitive funding for green energy retrofits, the city said in a press release.” The city says it plans to provide further funding for energy efficiency retrofits.

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