Barr Foundation Knowledge Center

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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

An Introduction to Institutional Renewable Energy Procurement Options in Massachusetts

April 1, 2015

The report addresses the conundrum that although the price of renewable energy has dropped, the cost of completing a transaction for wind or solar energy remains high. This is because the deals are customized and complicated and because there is usually a steep learning curve for institutional purchasers like universities, hospitals, and businesses, which are accustomed to a more traditional energy procurement process. The report identifies and explains common approaches and strategies to guide institutional purchasers, with the goal of reducing both flattening the curve and reducing the costs.

Climate - Clean Energy

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