WHO: ABCD and energy efficiency partners Eversource, Maloney Properties, Paradigm Energy Services, Planning Office for Urban Affairs, Verizon, their leadership, public officials, residents of Riley House Senior Housing and community members
WHAT: Engagement event and site visit demonstrating ABCD’s Climate, Equity & Impact work with our energy efficiency partners through the Low-Income Energy Affordability Network (LEAN) and Mass Save® programs at this 40+ unit senior housing residence. Energy leaders will provide an overview of Embue, the cloud-based smart building management system and Wi-Fi thermostats at Riley House that maximize energy equity, access and efficiency by delivering consistent heating and cooling across all units. These energy efficiency and other emerging technologies beneficial to low-income, multi-unit and senior housing residents were also supported by incentives and rebates provided by Eversource, a sponsor of Mass Save. Eversource representatives will be on site to educate the community about energy efficiency offers and programs available to help customers manage their energy bills. In response to a lack of digital equity coming to light during the COVID shut down, Verizon will also be on site to share information about the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) which allows qualified residents to sign up for discounted internet service for as low as $0 per month.
WHEN: Wednesday, June 14; Noon-4:00 p.m.
Speaking Program 2:30 p.m.; Building Tour 3:30-4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Riley House Senior Housing, 39 Maple Street, Hyde Park, MA 02136
WHY: Energy efficiency and carbon reduction solutions are key to supporting Boston communities facing high energy and fuel costs, as well as the impacts of climate change. To help ensure that all people share the benefits of climate protection efforts, ABCD’s energy program provides resources to the most vulnerable – low-income and senior residents for heating and cooling, weatherization, energy bill advocacy and conservation. ABCD, as Lead Vendor for Eversource in the LEAN and Mass Save Income Eligible programs, led the energy upgrades at Riley House, partnering with Paradigm Energy Services. Riley House is an affordable housing development for seniors 62 and over. Built in 1900 as a convent for the Most Precious Blood Parish, the retrofitted building was combined with a newly constructed building that added 40 one-bedroom units in addition to community spaces and a private courtyard to the property.
About ABCD: A nonprofit human services community action organization, ABCD provides underserved residents of Boston and the Mystic Valley area, with the tools, support and resources they need to transition from poverty to stability and from stability to success. Each year, the organization serves more than 100,000 individuals, elders and families through a broad range of innovative initiatives as well as ong-established, proven programs and services. For 60 years, ABCD has been deeply rooted in every neighborhood and community served, empowering individuals and families and supporting them in their quest to live with dignity and achieve their highest potential. For more, please visit bostonabcd.org.