ARPA Proposal for Zero Carbon Renovation Fund: Take Action Today!

In March 2021, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which provided $5.286 Billion to Massachusetts to be allocated by the State Legislature. Let's ask the State Legislature to allocate $250 Million of ARPA funds to create the Zero Carbon Renovation Fund that will decarbonize existing buildings in Massachusetts.  This Zero Carbon Renovation Fund would result in deep carbon savings by transforming existing buildings to be super energy efficient, all electric, powered by clean renewable energy, and renovated with low-embodied carbon materials. The Zero Carbon Renovation Fund would help ensure that the Commonwealth has healthier and more affordable places for people to live and work.  

It’s especially important that we reach out now to our legislators!

In December, the legislators allocated the first round of ARPA funds, a total of $2.55 Billion.  To the dismay of those of us concerned about climate, health, and affordability, they allocated only $6.5 Million for zero carbon retrofits (.1% of total ARPA funds!). This will only decarbonize 250 of the 1 million homes that need to be renovated by 2030!  By comparison, Maine allocated 5% of their total ARPA funds to accelerate weatherization, electrification and ventilation improvements. 

Seven Simple Actions You Can Take:

  1. Read the American Rescue Plan Act Proposal for a Zero Carbon Renovation Fund in MA 
  2. Read the Sign-on Letter Supporting the ARPA Proposal to the Joint Ways and Means Committee. This letter was submitted on March 14 but we are still accepting signatures and will submit an updated letter to the legislature.
  3. Add Your Name to the Letter Using this Form  
  4. Email your Legislators Using this Template
  5. Email the Joint Ways and Means Committee Using this Template
  6. Use MCAN's toolkit to advocate for the Renovation Fund on Twitter! 
  7. Review the slidedeck presented as part of the June 6, 2022 Briefing for Legislators and Advocates  
  8. Share with your networks!  

Thank you!



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  • Robert Fizek
    commented 2022-07-13 11:17:36 -0400
    I’m all for the added funding. However, ‘Zero Carbon’ is an unnecessarily high level requirement that requires efforts and administrative efforts that makes our goals for reduction of fossil fuels LESS likely to be achieved in the most timely way, and less accessible to lower income homeowners.
  • Jones Elizabeth
    commented 2022-06-04 21:07:16 -0400
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  • Sarah Dooling
    published this page in Take Action 2022-03-14 16:13:54 -0400
  • Corey Thompson
    commented 2022-02-22 10:16:27 -0500
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  • Sarah Dooling
    published this page in Take Action 2022-02-17 11:55:01 -0500

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