Green Justice Coalition Partners Launch Chinatown Weatherization Project
November 14, 2010
by Dave Goodman, Open Media Boston
A driving rain couldn’t prevent about one hundred activists, government, union, and business leaders, and curious passersby on Tuesday November 9th from attending a kick-off ceremony in front of the Chinatown Gate launching the first in a series of home weatherization pilot programs for cities and towns around Massachusetts.
Organizers of the Chinatown pilot project – non-profit advocacy groups the Chinese Progressive Association and Community Labor United; two member organizations of the three year old Green Justice Coalition - plan on weatherizing as many as 130 housing units. The exact number of families receiving items such as compact fluorescent lighting, energy efficient windows, and roof insulation, won’t be known until work begins next year.
Mark Liu, Chinese Progressive Association Green Justice Coordinator said the pilot project “is going to address many of the problems in our communities in a holistic manner,” including weatherization upgrades to people's homes “to help families cut utility costs and keep warm this winter.”
To afford the work, Liu said families can apply for grants from the state’s Mass Save program (up to $2,000) and the City's Renew Boston program, which offers grants of up to $1,500.
The effect on energy use and impact on the environment and economy will be profound, say organizers with the Green Justice Coalition.