Green Community Development

MACDC and its members see community development and environmental sustainability as two highly aligned and intertwined movements and our Green Community Development Program is designed to help our members more fully integrate environmental goals into their projects and programs.
In 2018, we documented the Green Initiatives of our members in two reports:
This report answers the question: How are CDCs across the Commonwealth addressing environmental sustainability, beyond their housing initiatives? 
This report answers the question: How are CDCs across the Commonwealth addressing environmental sustainability through their real estate initiatives? 
Beyond documenting the numerous environmental efforts of MACDC Members, MACDC continues to advocate for resources and policies, and foster best practices, to support our members’ efforts to provide and ensure environmental sustainability in their communities. Our current work focuses on the environmental outcomes described below. They also complement MACDC's work on health.
  1. Increasing Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings: MACDC, its members, and allies are engaged in numerous initiatives to provide energy retrofits to existing buildings, including the more than 17,000 apartments owned and managed by MACDC members. Over the past 5 years, more than 5,500 of these units have received energy retrofits. MACDC partners with LISC Boston on the Massachusetts Green Retrofit Initiative, which helps affordable housing owners implement energy efficient and clean energy technology, transition to safer cleaning products and pest management techniques, and go smoke-free in their buildings.
  2. Shaping the Future of Energy Efficiency and Promoting Innovative Design Strategies in Real Estate Development: MACDC, in partnership with LISC Boston and CHAPA, is providing comments on the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council's Three-Year Energy Efficiency Plan for 2019-2021. We are advocating that funding for the LEAN Multifamily Program be increased by 20%, along with extending the program to projects where the majority of households have incomes less than 80% of area median. We have advocated for support for Passive House, including funding for training and for a Passive House pilot project. We have also advocated that the three-year plan to allocate resources to behind-the-meter energy storage (“battery storage”) to reduce electricity bills, shift peak demand, integrate solar PV, and enhance resiliency.
  3. Fostering Smart Growth: MACDC is a founding member of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance (MSGA), which is working to improve land use policies through the MSGA's Great Neighborhoods program, to enhance the quality of life in our neighborhoods while reducing suburban sprawl. Working with MSGA, we are also fighting for strengthening the Community Preservation Act and targeting state investments to projects that advance smart growth principals.
  4. Achieving Transit Equity: MACDC is a member of the Transportation for Massachusetts, (T4MA) coalition, a broad-based coalition advocating for improved public transit across the entire state. We are also promoting transit-oriented development through the Equitable Transit-Oriented Development Accelerator Fund (ETODAF), created by LISC Boston, The Boston Foundation, and the Hyams Foundations to provide developers with streamlined access to acquisition and predevelopment capital that can be used to acquire and advance strategic properties along transit corridors.