Barr Foundation Knowledge Center

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New England Overview: A Guide to Large-Scale Energy Infrastructure Issues in 2015

September 4, 2015

The report outlines how regional electricity and natural gas infrastructure decisions are made. It examines the current proposals to expand electricity transmission lines and natural gas pipelines into New England, as solutions to electricity and gas price and reliability issues, and briefly discusses the major implications of both.

Climate - Clean Energy

Public Sector Climate Leadership In Boston

June 1, 2015

The report discusses the important role the public sector is playing in achieving Boston's greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. City, state, and federal agencies together own a large portion (more than 11%) of the city's building stock, and each level of government has committed to a goal of 25% reductions in GHG emissions by 2020. The report highlights four examples of action by public agencies in Boston that are going beyond pilot projects and are pursuing energy innovation on a portfolio-wide basis. These initiatives demonstrate how aggressive climate targets are both attainable and often beneficial for generating cost savings and helping streamline operations -- benefits that could be widely replicated in other sectors.

Climate - Clean Energy

Maxed Out: Massachusetts Transportation at a Financing Crossroad

October 25, 2011

Outlines the economic, environmental, and quality-of-life implications of the state's transportation revenue shortfalls; background and contributing factors; outcomes of reform efforts; and suggested guidelines for public policy discussions.

Climate - Mobility

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