Longfellow Clubs Liaison
This past week, the CALC team assisted the Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) in canvassing efforts for their Race to Solar campaign. This campaign provides nonprofits with the opportunity to acquire a solar electric energy system, achieved through engaging small businesses to perform a zero-cost energy evaluation. Essentially, a local nonprofit receives free solar roofing for every five businesses that participate in energy upgrades.
The program has gained widespread support with almost a dozen funders and partnerships with the City of Boston and Cambridge, along with business associations including our own and the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts.
Spurring clean energy growth to expand the Commonwealth’s energy portfolio aligns with CALC’s goals. This campaign helps cement Massachusetts’ role as a leader in energy efficiency, resilience and clean energy infrastructure. It provides an opportunity for small businesses to improve their own bottom lines through energy efficiency while assisting nonprofits to obtain solar energy. Businesses interested in an evaluation can learn more on HEET’s website or by directly contacting Rise Engineering to set up an appointment for a free evaluation.
The Race to Solar program embodies several of CALC’s areas of focus including community outreach and internal sustainability. The energy efficiency upgrades from Race to Solar correlate with the objectives of CALC’s SPaRK toolkit, and can be utilized to help member-businesses reach their sustainability goals. Every business that goes through energy efficiency upgrades equates another business taking direct action on the effects of climate change.Performing targeted actions through programs such as this helps to bolster our Boston Businesses Acting on Rising Seas, adding another dimension to the role small businesses play in addressing the threats of a climate catastrophe.