Gas to Electric: Understanding a Brookline Bylaw

TUE, FEB 4, 2020 (1:12:23)

The Town of Brookline took a bold step towards curbing carbon emissions when its Town Meeting members voted to ban fossil fuel combustion in new construction and gut renovations. While Brookline is the first municipality on the East Coast to adopt such a measure, similar initiatives are gaining momentum in other Massachusetts communities, and already design and development professionals are demonstrating that such regulations are possible and practical with energy efficient, all-electric buildings.

The Boston Society for Architecture, Green Ribbon Commission and Massachusetts Climate Action Network host a discussion with Town Meeting members who voted for the Brookline petition. Learn how they got to a yes vote on the bylaw and what should be considered for all-electric building aspirations and regulations.

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+ BIO: Jesse Gray

Jesse Gray is an Associate Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School. He is also Director and group leader at Limelight Bio.

As elected member of the Brookline, MA Town Meeting, he supported the bylaw that bans fossil fuel combustion in new construction and gut renovations.

+ BIO: Diane Sokal

Diane Sokal is a senior architect at Urban Idea Lab. She is also a Brookline resident and a member of Mothers Out Front. She also was a petiioner of the Brookline, MA bylaw that bans fossil fuel combustion in new construction and gut renovations.

+ BIO: Kathleen Scanlon

Kathleen Scanlon is an architect and the Brookline coordinator for Mothers Out Front. Mothers Out Front, nationally, is a group of mothers and other caregivers who can no longer be silent about the very real danger that climate change poses to children and their future. She also was a petiioner of the Brookline, MA bylaw that bans fossil fuel combustion in new construction and gut renovations.

+ BIO: Scott Ananian

Scott Ananian is a software/hardware engineer with a PhD from MIT. He also was elected to the Brookline, MA Town Meeting. He was a petiioner of the Brookline, MA bylaw that bans fossil fuel combustion in new construction and gut renovations.

+ BIO: Lisa Cunningham

Lisa Cunningham attended Harvard Graduate School of Design where she received her Masters in Architecture. Her firm, which she founded with her husband, focuses on designing comfortable and elegant spaces with an eye towards proportion, detail and light. She also was a petiioner of the Brookline, MA bylaw that bans fossil fuel combustion in new construction and gut renovations.

+ BIO: Amy Longsworth

Amy Longsworth joined the Boston Green Ribbon Commission as director in May 2015, after many years as a corporate sustainability strategy consultant, most recently with PricewaterhouseCoopers. In her role as director, she works with member organizations and other partners from across Boston’s business, philanthropic, and public sectors to help the City implement its Climate Action Plan.

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