Carbon Free Boston Social Equity Report
Decarbonization offers great equity benefits to Boston
By Atyia Martin, D’Janapha Fortune, Sam LaTronica (All Aces); Elizabeth A. Stanton, Bryndis Woods, Eliandro Tavares, Tanya Stasio, Ricardo Lopez, Sagal Alisalad, Myisha Majumder, Namgay Tshering (Applied Economics Clinic); Cutler J. Cleveland, Peter Fox-Penner, Michael J. Walsh, Margaret Cherne-Hendrick, Sucharita Gopal, Joshua R. Castigliego, Taylor Perez, Adam Pollack, Kevin Zheng, Emma Galante (Institute for Sustainable Energy)
The City of Boston’s goal of decarbonization by 2050 offers great potential to better serve the city’s socially vulnerable populations, who face higher utility bills, greater exposure to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and less access to public transportation. Research from the Institute for Sustainable Energy (now the Boston University Institute for Global Sustainability) shows how addressing these burdens through climate action can present opportunities to improve social outcomes for all Bostonians.Download Report
- Equitably reducing GHG emissions in buildings is possible when energy-efficient, affordable housing is expanded and the quality-of-life enhancements from energy-efficient housing are shared equitably across the city.
- Equitably reducing GHG emissions in transportation is possible when currently underserved neighborhoods are prioritized in the expansion of bus, train, biking, and pedestrian infrastructure and are enabled to participate in the transition to electric private vehicles and shared mobility.
- Equitably reducing GHG emissions in waste is possible when:
- Communities of color and low-income communities are not burdened by the siting of hazardous waste disposal, landfills, trash transfer stations, recycling facilities, and incinerators.
- New employment opportunities are safe, reasonably compensated, and accessible to minorities and low-income populations.