Climate and Energy

The climate is changing and so is the community development field. MACDC is committed to supporting our members in their climate work and advocating for state and local policies to combat climate change. To gauge the extent of the work of our members, we will be surveying members on their climate and energy activities in our GOALs Survey.
Centering our work around the frontline communities, MACDC strives to transition to a carbon-free Commonwealth through an equity lens. We strive to achieve electrification of residential buildings without placing an additional energy burden on vulnerable communities, while ensuring they have access to healthy and affordable homes.
Program Goals
We intend to surface – and start generating potential solutions for – the financial, technical, and knowledge barriers that are getting in the way of affordable housing fully participating in an all-electric, carbon free future.
Other goals include:
  • Increase energy efficiency in residential buildings equitably, without increasing energy burden for low- and moderate-income residents.
  • Through a combination of policy reform and adoption of best practices, make progress toward a future where all newly constructed housing is built to Passive House standards, and advocate for resources necessary to achieve deep retrofits for existing homes.
  • Advocate for policies and resources, state and federal, that will enable the State to reach net-zero carbon emissions in 2050, as stated in the Climate Roadmap law.
  • Support MACDC Member Initiatives focused on climate action and energy efficiency.
Decarbonization of Affordable and Subsidized Housing
The DASH project, in partnership with LISC and New Ecology, encompasses MACDC’s work on making the building decarbonization transition technically and economically possible for subsidized affordable housing. We focus on the housing portfolios of CDCs and other privately-owned multifamily affordable housing, while also considering broader efforts to support decarbonization of residential buildings.
Educational & Technical Assistance
  • Bimonthly Energy Cohort trainings and workshops on topics of electrification, building science, green building certifications, and more.
  • DASH Forums
  • Mel King Institute Trainings
Policy Advocacy
  • HERO Campaign. Learn more from our HERO Fact Sheet.
  • Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP)
  • Three-Year Plan- LEAN Multifamily Program and Mass Save
MACDC Involvement in Climate-Focused Programs
  • Solar Technical Assistance Retrofit (STAR) Program
  • MAPC Affordable Access Regional Coordination (AARC) Project: Virtual training series hosted by MAPC on Health, Housing, Energy, Equity
MACDC Reports