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EBC Evening Program:

Evolving Role of the BRA


and the MEPA Office

Welcome
Alicia Barton
Counsel
Foley Hoag LLP

Environmental Business Council of New England


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Thank you to Our Host

Environmental Business Council of New England


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EBC Committees & Chapters


Climate Change and Air Committee
Dam Management Committee
Energy Resources Committee
Ocean and Coastal Resources Committee
Site Remediation and Redevelopment Committee
Solid Waste Management Committee
Water Resources Committee
Young Environmental Professionals Committee

Connecticut Chapter
New Hampshire Chapter
Rhode Island Chapter

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EBC Membership Benefits


Programs
Access
Networking

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Upcoming Programs
September 22: RI Chapter Climate Change Implications for Infrastructure
September 27: NH Chapter Managing PCB Impacted Building Materials
September 29: Annual Solid Waste Management Conference: Talking Trash
October 4: Energy Resources Program Wind Turbine Noise Update
October 4: Program Series with MassDEP Southeast Region
October 5: Energy Resources Massachusetts Omnibus Energy Legislation
Oct 13: Meeting with David Ferris, Division of Watershed Permitting

Oct 13: C&D Program Understanding Issues Involved in Demolition


Oct 14: Energy Program Invasion of the Offshore Wind Turbines

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Final Notes
Presentations will be posted to the EBC website
Link to presentations in follow-up email

Get involved in EBC Chapters and Committees


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Update from the Boston


Redevelopment Authority

Brian Golden
Director
Boston Redevelopment Authority

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ENVIRONMENTAL BUSINESS COUNCIL OF NEW ENGLAND


Brian P. Golden, Director, Boston Redevelopment Authority/Economic Development and Industrial Corporation
September 21, 2016

AGENDA
1. Climate Change Adaptation and Resiliency
2. Smart Utilities and Microgrids
3. Green Buildings

4. E+

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Climate Change Adaptation and Resiliency

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CLIMATE
READY
BOSTON
Climateready.boston.gov

CLIMATE RISK FACTORS

Sea Level
Rise

Coastal Storms

Extreme
Precipitation

Extreme
Temperatures

COASTAL AND
RIVERINE FLOODING
LATE CENTURY (2070s
OR LATER):
36 INCHES SEA LEVEL
RISE

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CREATE A COASTAL PROTECTION SYSTEM

PROACTIVE POLICY & PLANNING


Bostons Response to Climate Change
The BRA works in partnership with City agencies to
prepare for climate change:
Public Engagement
Boston Living with Water
Planning for Climate Change
Imagine Boston 2030
Strategic Planning Areas
Municipal Harbor Plans
Design and Zoning
Article 25: Flood Hazard District
Article 37: Green Buildings
Article 80: Development Review and Approval
Climate Change Preparedness and
Resiliency Checklist
September 21, 2016
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Spaulding Rehabilitation Center, Charlestown Navy Yard

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PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

Board Professional and Stakeholder Participation


Leading national / international practitioners
Cross sector experts
Public forums and exhibits
Envisioning a future Boston
Thriving in the Face of Climate Change
5 of sea level rise
Exploring solutions at three scales
September 21, 2016
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Projected MHHW + 5 of sea level rise Boston Redevelopment Authority


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PLANNING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE


Emerging Ideas:

preserve wisely,
enhance equitably, and
grow inclusively.
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Strategic Planning Areas


Carbon-Free / Climate-Ready
Neighborhood & District
Strategies Compact
Connected Communities
Elevate public realm and
buildings above flooding +
sea level rise thru 2100
LEED & Net Zero Carbon /
Energy Buildings
Social Resilience = Affordable
Housing + Job / Business
Opportunities

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PLANNING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE


Downtown Waterfront

Draft Downtown Waterfront Municipal


Harbor Plan includes four provisions to
foster flood resilience:
1. Open Space incrementally elevated
2. Improve resilience of interior public
space
3. Allows additional building height for
existing structures to incentivize floodproof retrofits
4. Mandates evaluation of and
information sharing on climate
preparedness best practices
Photos: The Boston Harbor Association/Boston Harbor Now
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PLANNING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE


Using Open Space to
Enhance Resiliency

Emerging public realm and infrastructure


strategies:
Can aggregating open space along
waterfront provide greater benefits as both
a space to play and as a flood defense?
How can public and private sectors partner
given co-benefits?

Resilient Linkages: the Parks


by NBBJ, Ground Inc., Haley & Aldrich, Inc.,
& Charles River Watershed Association
Boston Living with Water Design Competition
Honorable Mention
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ZONING AND DESIGNING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE


Article 37 Green Buildings and
Article 80 (Climate Change Preparedness
and Resiliency Checklist)
Massachusetts 5th Nationally for LEED Buildings
Market Driven Transformation / Regulatory Floor
All buildings over 50K SF must be LEED certifiable
Consider present AND future climate conditions in
assessing projects environmental impacts
Elevate site & ground floor above flood levels
Plan for future site & building adaptations
Spaulding Rehabilitation Center, Charlestown Navy Yard

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DESIGNING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE


Green Buildings and
Climate Change Preparedness

General Electric Headquarters


Mitigation: sustainable / efficient / green building
LEED Gold
Solar Veil = 10% of buildings energy
Adaptation: Present AND future climate
conditions
Entire site elevated above flood plain
First floors raised for future sea level rise
Planned future adoptions

Credit: General Electric


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DESIGNING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE


Elevating New Developments

New developments are designing for expected


sea level rise
Stavis Seafoods proposed seafood
processing and marine warehousing and
industrial facility at the Massport Marine
Terminal in the Raymond L. Flynn Marine
Park
Design flood elevation at approximately
twelve feet above todays high tide
Based upon expected 500-year-flood
elevation in 2070 plus three feet

Photo: Landslides Aerial Photography

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DESIGNING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE


Future Planning & Design
Update and Amend Zoning
Establish building flood-proof
elevation allowing added height for
future adaption at ground floor
Allow building addition to incentivize
Resiliency Retrofits
Support PACE Financing
Explore Resiliency Districts & policy for
sharing of resiliency benefits and costs
Credit: Adria Boynton, Harvard
Graduate School of Design, BRA
Community Serve Fellow
September 21, 2016
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Smart Utilities and Microgrids

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SMART UTILITIES
Rethink the way we build utility infrastructure

Mayors Office of Streets, Transportation and Sanitation

How we build?

Mayors Office of New Urban Mechanics

What we build?

Mayors Office of Environment Energy and Open Space

Goals for new utility infrastructure:

Is easier to build, maintain and upgrade

Reduces costs for building owners and residents

Increases community resilience

Provides world-class services for residents and


businesses

Reduces greenhouse gas emissions

Department of Information Technology


Public Works Department
Boston Transportation Department
Boston Water and Sewer Commission

Demonstration Project
Whiteboarding Session
Partnership among City Departments

September 21, 2016


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MICROGRIDS
Superstorm Sandy affects millions +
Mayor Walshs Commitment to Climate Action +
Precedents: Harvard, MIT, LMA, Veolia +
= a ripe market for Microgrids
Lower energy costs via efficiency Social
Equity
Keep the lights on Resiliency
Integrate local generation Climate Action
Community Energy Study +

Business Model +
Utility Partnership +
= Demonstration Projects

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BOSTON COMMUNITY ENERGY STUDY (2/2016)

Bostons Climate Action Commitment

Purpose of the Study

Goals in 2014 Climate Action Plan Update

Identify districts where these technologies are most feasible

Promote onsite CHP, renewables, district energy

Provide hypothetical engineering solutions as a starting point


for community conversation

2020 Supply Targets: 15 % energy use from


cogeneration, 10 MW of commercial solar generation

Quantify the overall benefits of Community Scale energy


systems in Boston

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Image credit: Tajunique Thompson, Boston Redevelopment Authority, 2016

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RESULTS OF THE ENERGY STUDY


Worked with MIT Sustainable Design Lab and MIT Lincoln Laboratory (Supported by DOE,
Department of Homeland Security, Mass Clean Energy Center, and Barr Foundation)
42 opportunity zones identified for new microgrids

Based on energy demand, critical facilities, and low income populations


Showed that private sector investment in 10 microgrids could lead to $1.7 BN in savings over 25
year lifecycle of the infrastructure investment via Sustainable Return on Investment Model (BRA
Research)

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NEXT STEPS
Engage area residents and businesses
Partner with key stakeholders including our local utilities and the regional energy system
operators
Identify resources to expand and deepen feasibility analysis of Community Energy Solutions
Identify existing building retro-fits costs and develop strategies to phase-in Community Energy
Solutions

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Green Buildings

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Boston Green Building Zoning Article 37 Today


Massachusetts is
5th in the Nation for
LEED Buildings
USGBC LEED Certified
233+ Buildings & Projects
59.7 M+ Square Feet
6% Platinum
51% Gold
27% Silver
14% Certified Projects
USGBC LEED Registered
100s Projects
USGBC: GBIG.org
Excludes LEED H and ND

Boston Green Building Zoning Article 37 Today


Bostons First
LEED Platinum
High Rise
Atlantic Wharf
Boston Properties (BXP)

Business Performance:
Leased Quicker
Sold Quicker
Attracts Better Tenants
Lower Churn Rate
Preferred Asset
Preferred Lending

Boston LEED Buildings Market Impact


Existing Building
LEED Platinum
Top 6% Nationally

One Beacon Street


1.3 M Square Feet
MetLife & Norges Bank
Performance:
Energy Star Rating: 85
(top 33% US buildings)
Full and Ongoing
Commissioning
13/14 WE Credits
(top 9% US buildings)
11/15 IEQ Credits
(top 15% US buildings)

4
E+

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E+ Green Buildings
RFP for Three City Sites

Fourteen Proposals
Leading builders, developers, architects
and sustainability experts working
together
Three Development Teams
Range of Approaches
Varying Building Prototypes
All Energy Positive
All Deep Green
All Contributing to the Community

Three Teams Selected


September 2011

E+ Green Buildings

Platinum
Marcella St, Roxbury
Completed Fall 2013

E+ Green Communities

Building on E+ GB Program
Two City Owned Parcels
Community Charrette and
Planning Meetings
E+ GB Goals PLUS

Neighborhood
Sustainability
Place-making and Site
Planning

Building and
Community
Sustainability
RFP Seeking Leading
Teams

THANK YOU

Update from the Office of the


Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act

Deirdre Buckley
Director
Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Office
Assistant Secretary for Environmental Review
Executive Office of Energy and Environment Affairs
Environmental Business Council of New England
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Panel Discussion
Moderator: Francis J. Hoey, Tighe & Bond
Panel Members:
Deirdre Buckley, MEPA Office
Lisa Brothers, Nitsch Engineering, Inc.
Michelle Landers, Urban Land Institute

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EBC Evening Program:

Evolving Role of the BRA


and the MEPA Office