ARPA Proposal for a Zero Carbon Renovation Fund


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 $300 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 its total ARPA funds to accelerate weatherization, electrification, and ventilation improvements.

The Zero Carbon Renovation Fund Coalition Members: 

  • 2Life Communities
  • 350 Central Mass
  • 350MA
  • Abacus Architects
  • Acadia Center
  • Acedone
  • Action for Equity
  • Acton Climate Coalition
  • Alliance of Cambridge Tenants (ACT)
  • Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation
  • Asian American Civic Association
  • B'nai B'rith Housing
  • Beacon Climate Innovations
  • Beacon Communities
  • Berkshire Environmental Action Team
  • Birchwood Sustainable Development
  • BlueHub Capital
  • Boston Catholic Climate Movement
  • Boston Center for Independent Living
  • Boston Housing Authority
  • Boston Impact Initiative
  • Bright Power
  • Brookhaven Residents Climate Change Committee
  • Built Environment Plus (BE+)
  • Byggmeister Design Build
  • Cambridge Housing Authority (CHA)
  • Capstone Communities LLC
  • Cascap Inc.
  • Castle Square Tenants Organization
  • Center for EcoTechnology
  • Chatham Climate Action Network
  • Citizens' Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA)
  • Clean Water Action
  • Climate Action Now, Western Mass (CAN)
  • Climate Code Blue
  • Coalition for a Better Acre
  • Codman Square NDC
  • Commonwealth Community Developers, LLC
  • Community Action Agency of Somerville, Inc. (CAAS)
  • Community Action Works Campaigns
  • Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Massachusetts (CEDC)
  • Community Square Associates
  • Conservation Law Foundation (CLF)
  • Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation
  • East Boston CDC (EBCDC)
  • Eisenberg Consulting LLC
  • Elders Climate Action Mass.
  • Embue
  • Emerald Cities Collaborative
  • Fairmount Indigo CDC Collaborative
  • Fenway CDC
  • Franklin County CDC
  • Freelance scientist, author, editor, and producer -- "The Galactic Inquirer" and "Doc Waller's Earth & Space Reports"
  • Grand Banks building products
  • Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Green Energy Consumers Alliance
  • GreenRoots
  • Greenvest
  • HallKeen Management
  • Hebrew SeniorLife
  • Hilltown CDC
  • Home City Development, Inc.
  • Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC)
  • HRI
  • ICON Architecture
  • Indivisible Acton Area
  • Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción (IBA Boston)
  • Island Housing Trust
  • Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action
  • Jewish Climate Action Network
  • Jonathan Rose Companies
  • Kim Lundgren Associates, Inc.
  • Latino Support Network (LSN)
  • Lawrence CommunityWorks
  • League of Conservation Voters
  • LEAN Green Building, Inc.
  • Lexington Climate Action Network
  • LivableStreets Alliance (LSA)
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
  • Longmeadow Pipeline Awareness Group
  • Madison Park Development Corporation (MPDC)
  • Main South CDC
  • Mass Renews
  • Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance (MAHA)
  • Massachusetts Area Planning Council (MAPC)
  • Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC)
  • Massachusetts Association of Housing Cooperative
  • Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN)
  • Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light
  • Massachusetts Sierra Club
  • Metro West Collaborative Development
  • Mothers Out Front Massachusetts
  • Munkenbeck Consulting
  • Mystic River Watershed Association
  • Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH)
  • NeighborWorks Housing Solutions
  • New Ecology, Inc.
  • NewVue Communities
  • No Fracked Gas in Mass
  • No Pipeline Westborough
  • North Shore CDC (NSCDC)
  • Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC)
  • Northeast Sustainable Energy Association
  • Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation
  • Our Climate
  • Passive House Massachusetts
  • PCI
  • Peabody Properties
  • Petersen Engineering, Inc.
  • Placetailor Co-op LLC
  • Planning Office for Urban Affairs (POUA)
  • PowerOptions
  • Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH)
  • Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts
  • Quincy Geneva New Vision CDC (QGNV)
  • R.W. Kern Center at Hampshire College
  • RCC Center for Smart Building Technology
  • Resonant Energy
  • Revitalize Community Development Corporation
  • RMI
  • Somerville Community Corporation
  • South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation (SBNDC)
  • Southwest Boston CDC
  • St. Francis House
  • Stanton Home
  • Steveworks LLC
  • Sustainable Wellesley
  • The Caleb Group
  • The Community Builders (TCB)
  • The Neighborhood Developers (TND)
  • The Passive House Network
  • Town of Hudson Conservation Commission
  • TSK Energy Solutions LLC
  • UU Mass Action
  • U.S. Green Building Council
  • UndauntedK12
  • Urban Edge
  • Valley CDC
  • Veterans Benefits Clearinghouse Development Corporation
  • Vietnamese American Initiative for Development, Inc. (VietAID)
  • WinnCompanies
  • Worcester Common Ground (WCG)
  • Worcester HEART Partnership
  • ZeroCarbonMA

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
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    commented 2022-02-22 10:16:27 -0500
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    published this page in Take Action 2022-02-17 11:55:01 -0500

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