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星期四, 4月 30, 2015
Baker-Polito Administration Awards Renewable Thermal Grants to Public Schools
Savings to Benefit the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont Regional School Districts
BOSTON– April 29, 2015– The Baker-Polito Administration today announced grant funding for Heath Elementary School in Heath and the Hawlemont Elementary School in Charlemont to convert to highly efficient biomass boilers from their existing oil heating systems. Two grants totaling $355,375 are the third and fourth to be awarded for implementation from the Schools and Public Housing Integrating Renewables and Efficiency (SAPHIRE) Program.
“We are committed to working closely with municipalities across the Commonwealth to reduce energy costs, support local energy projects, and strengthen local economies through energy investments,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “This program provides Massachusetts with the opportunity to allow school buildings to reduce costs and more efficiently manage their energy use.”
“By providing schools across the state with the tools necessary to reduce their reliance upon heating oil, the Commonwealth will take a pivotal step towards ensuring the further reduction of greenhouse gas emissions,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “The conversion projects in Heath and Charlemont highlight Massachusetts’ commitment to minimizing climate change impacts, and I applaud these regional school districts for their proactive approach towards an efficient heating system.”
These investments together will save at least an estimated $30,000 annually by using a less expensive and cleaner fuel source. Both school buildings are also planning to add additional insulation and upgrade the lighting this summer with assistance from National Grid.
“With nearly one-third of total energy costs going toward heating our buildings, Massachusetts school districts are searching for more cost-effective and sustainable alternatives to heating oil,” said Department of Energy Resources Acting Commissioner Dan Burgess. “Installing renewable energy heating systems in schools demonstrate how these technologies can deliver significant energy cost savings, as well as provide learning opportunities and comfortable environments for students.”
The SAPHIRE Program helps Massachusetts public schools combine renewable heating and cooling with energy efficiency improvements to achieve deeper cuts in their energy costs. The program is administered by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) in collaboration with the Massachusetts School Buildings Authority (MSBA). SAPHIRE offers feasibility studies, design and engineering studies and construction funding assistance to K-12 public school buildings pursuing renewable thermal technology, including biomass heating, solar thermal, and/or heat pumps.
"It's great news to see the Baker-Polito Administration making these important investments in our western Franklin County schools,” said State Senator Benjamin B. Downing, Senate Chairman of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. “These projects will serve to reduce the schools environmental impact and as a learning device for students.”
The program is funded by an allocation of approximately $1.7 million in Alternative Compliance Payment (ACP) funds and a $715,000 U.S. Department of Energy grant. ACP funds are paid by electric retail suppliers if they have insufficient Renewable or Alternative Energy Certificates to meet their compliance obligations under the Renewable and Alternative Portfolio Standard programs. The U.S. DOE grant provides staffing support.
Rep. Chu Disappointed by Prime Minister Abe’s Speech to Congress
Washington, D.C. – Today, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe became the first Japanese Prime Minister to address a joint meeting of Congress. Prior to his address, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) urged Prime Minister Abe to acknowledge Japan’s role in forcing women known as “comfort women” into sex slavery during World War II. Rep. Chu, who attended the speech, released the following statement:
“While I am grateful that the Prime Minister acknowledged the suffering of Asians at the hands of Japanese soldiers during World War II, I am incredibly disappointed that he failed to directly address the problem of comfort women. Despite numerous pleas from Members of Congress and many others around the world – including countries whose citizens were the victims of Japan’s war time program – I sat and listened to him once again ignore Japan’s responsibility for this particularly troubling and painful chapter. As the Prime Minister said, ‘Armed conflicts have always made women suffer the most.’ But healing these wounds requires honesty and an admission of responsibility. Shirking that responsibility and attributing it instead to the cost of war amounts to a pardon of those who made decisions to dehumanize these women and is license to future generations to use war as an excuse. The Prime Minister said that Japan’s eyes are always on the road ahead, but without responsibility and remorse, it is impossible to move forward.”轉載
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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Federal Funds for
North Shore Boating Projects
BOSTON - April 30, 2015 – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced that more than $1 million has been awarded to the communities of Newburyport, Gloucester and Manchester-by-the-Sea through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program to construct facilities that will improve port access for transient recreational boaters.
“These grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will significantly benefit the economies of these coastal communities by allowing for more access to transient boaters,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “The Baker-Polito Administration is pleased to partner with Newburyport, Gloucester and Manchester-by-the-Sea in our efforts to improve Massachusetts’ coastal infrastructure and tourist economy.”
“I would like to recognize the municipalities of Newburyport, Gloucester, and Manchester-by-the-Sea, along with the staff in our Division of Marine Fisheries, who worked so hard to secure these funds and make these projects possible,” said Department of Fish and Game Commissioner George Peterson. “These are great projects that will improve our recreational boating opportunities and greatly benefit these North Shore communities.”
The nationally competitive grant program, administered in Massachusetts by the Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Marine Fisheries, awarded the Commonwealth with a total of $1,072,211. Eligible projects must construct, renovate or maintain boating infrastructure facilities and associated amenities for transient recreational boats at least 26 feet long.
The City of Newburyport was awarded $448,059 and will provide $232,000 in matching funds and services to construct a transient boater visitor’s center that will include showers, toilets, laundry facilities, dock space for dinghies, and six moorings.
The City of Gloucester was awarded $263,930, and will contribute an additional $263, 975 in matching funds in partnership with National Grid and the Seaport Advisory Council for improvements at Solomon Jacob’s Park. Gloucester’s project will create a new float system and include 144 feet of dockage for dinghies; 205 feet of dockage for passenger drop-off, pick-up, and short-term tie-up; an 80-foot gangway compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards; and an arched aluminum access bridge.
The Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea was awarded $360,222. The town and local partners will provide $133,513 in matching funds and services. Manchester-by-the-Sea will use the funds to create transient boater access as part of a new float system at Reed Park, providing a new ADA compliant ramp and tie-ups for ten recreational vessels that are 26 feet or longer and their dinghies.
“Working with the Baker-Polito Administration, these three communities will leverage local contributions along with more than $1 million in US Fish and Wildlife funding,” said State Senator Bruce Tarr. “This partnership with local, state and federal officials will pay dividends for boating access which will ultimately enhance safety and promote recreational use.”
“I want to thank the Baker Administration for recognizing Gloucester Harbor as an important economic asset,” said State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante. “With these funds, Gloucester will be able to promote tourism, welcome transient boaters, and open the harbor up for residents and visitors alike.”
“This is an exciting opportunity for Manchester-by-the-Sea,” said State Representative Brad Hill. “This grant funding will provide for improved access to recreational boating and will help to stimulate the local economy by drawing more tourists to the town and its waterfront area.”
Small Business Person of the Year:
Todd Snopkowski - Snapchef
Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Small Business of the Year:
Elaine J. Boone - PTS Truck-Trailer-Construction Equipment Supply
Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year:
Michael Chege & Raphael Bibiu - Ace Medical Services, Inc.
Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year:
Debra Heims - H&S Environmental, Inc.
Microenterprise Business of the Year:
Matthew &Tina Phaneuf - BioSurfaces, Inc.
Region 1 Prime Contractor of the Year:
Arthur Mabbett - Mabbett & Associates, Inc.
Massachusetts & New England SBA Small Business Exporter of the Year:
Lester Hensley & Bashar Moussallieh - EMSEAL Joint Systems Ltd.
Massachusetts & New England SBA Financial Services Champion:
Mary Katherine Mansfield - Bay Colony Development Corporation
Massachusetts & New England SBA Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award:
Keith Girouard - Massachusetts Small Business Development Center, Berkshire Regional Office
Massachusetts & New England SBA 8(a) Graduate of the Year:
Hector Sanchez - P&S Construction, Inc.
Massachusetts SBA District Director Award:
Robert J. Viamari - Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine
MAYOR WALSH INVITES RESIDENTS TO THE BOSTON
HOME CENTER'S HOUSING EXPO
ONE STOP OPPORTUNITY FOR HOME BUYERS AND OWNERS TO LEARN ABOUT CITY RESOURCES
The City of Boston is inviting potential home buyers and current homeowners to the Boston Home Center’s Housing Expo at the Boston Teachers Union Hall in Dorchester on Saturday, May 2. Attendees will be able to talk with realtors, mortgage lenders, nonprofit housing councilors, City agencies and City of Boston Home Center (BHC) staff about homeownership and home repair opportunities. Among other things, the main exhibit hall for the Expo will offer attendees information about residential properties available for purchase, mortgage and prequalification information, and the Boston Home Center’s first-time homebuyer and home repair programs.
The Expo will also include seminars and information sessions for homeowners and homebuyers on specific topics, led by BHC staff and partners. Offerings include “Options for Reducing Your Mortgage Payment” and “Post- Winter Home Maintenance”. Attendees can register ahead of time on the BHC webpage: www.bostonhomecenter.com
WHERE: Boston Teachers Union Hall, 180 Mount Vernon Street, Dorchester
WHEN: Saturday, May 2, 2015 10:00AM - 2:00PM
MAYOR WALSH ANNOUNCES CITY OF BOSTON JOINS THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND'S CLIMATE-START CITIES PROGRAM
Partnership supported by a $500,000 MacArthur grant for green infrastructure projects
BOSTON - Thursday, April 30, 2015 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that the City of Boston has started work with The Trust for Public Land’s Climate-Smart Cities™ Program to help Boston achieve climate mitigation and preparedness goals set forth in the Greenovate Boston 2014 Climate Action Plan Update. The Trust for Public Land’s Climate-Smart Cities effort helps cities meet the climate challenge through conservation and design--from protecting waterfront parks and wetlands to creating green alleys and “water smart” playgrounds.
“I thank the Trust for Public Land and the MacArthur Foundation for their partnership that will help us reach the ambitious goals laid out in our climate action plan," said Mayor Walsh. "Through effectively using the resources that support our environment, we have the opportunity to create a healthy, thriving and more innovative Boston."
The goal of this partnership is to help the City of Boston implement green infrastructure as a strategy to better connect people, keep Bostonians cool, absorb stormwater, and protect the city, its buildings and its people. Through this partnership, The Trust for Public Land will help the City and its partners integrate these four objectives into green infrastructure development by creating a Geographic Information System (GIS) decision support tool, conducting research, and developing projects.
"We are thrilled to be working with a great city like Boston as part of our Climate Smart Cities program," said Will Rogers, president and CEO of The Trust for Public Land. "We know that coastal cities like Boston are particularly vulnerable in a changing climate and we applaud Mayor Martin J. Walsh and his staff for tackling this problem with solutions that provide multiple benefits."
As a result of the partnership, by late 2016 the City will have new research on climate impacts and an interactive online mapping tool. The Trust for Public Land will also assist Boston with creating green infrastructure design interventions such as flood mitigation and reducing the urban heat island effect.
Studies have shown that bringing natural features into urban environments can cool summer nights, absorb rainstorms, protect against coastal flooding, and help connect residents to mass transit and pedestrian corridors. These natural features, or "green infrastructure," like street trees, biking corridors, urban farms, and waterfront parks can keep neighborhoods of all kinds safe and livable when weather turns bad.
“Green infrastructure is an important tool that will help Boston both reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and also prepare for the impacts of climate change,” said Austin Blackmon, Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space. “I look forward to working with the talented team at The Trust for Public Land to develop this resource and identify pilot projects in Boston.”
The partnership includes participation from multiple City of Boston departments and agencies including the Environment Department, the Department of Innovation and Technology, the Boston Transportation Department, the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the Boston Water and Sewer Commission, and the Boston Public Health Commission. Additionally, the state and community organizations are involved, including the Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, The Boston Harbor Association, Charles River Watershed Association, Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, and Livable Streets Alliance.