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‘Housing and Climate Change: Reducing Energy Use Only One Challenge Among Many’

January 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Wednesday, January 11 from 7-8:30pm. Online.

The Newton Citizens Commission on Energy’s 2021 analysis concluded that 61% of the city’s total emissions originated in the residential sector (houses and cars). Clearly, we must reduce emissions from households and related transportation to avoid the worst effects of climate change.

At the same time, as residential decarbonization is becoming a priority, other housing sector challenges and inequities are apparent. There is a national housing crisis. Systemic racism continues to contribute to inequality in housing availability and affordability. Pollutants and environmental hazards have been unequally imposed on marginalized communities preventing the development of livable, mixed income, multicultural communities..

This program will provide a public forum about the current housing crisis and how decarbonizing housing could exacerbate other inherent challenges. The panel of experts will discuss decarbonizing homes, apartments, and related transportation, the legacy of systemic racism, the challenge of achieving environmental justice; and options for creating mixed income welcoming communities.

Hosted by the Newton Democratic City Committee. Moderated by Joe Curtatone, former Somerville mayor; President, Northeast Clean Energy Council. Panelists: Dr. Joan Fitzgerald, Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University; Andre Green, Executive Director, SkillWorks; Dr. Atyia Martin, CEO/founder of All Aces, Inc., Executive Director, Next Leadership Development.

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