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October 27, 2020
 
Mass. Nonprofits Awarded $575K for Clean Transport Projects

September 29, 2020 — Three Massachusetts nonprofits recently were awarded $574,985 to support clean transportation initiatives that help reduce the cost and advance the market for low carbon transportation technologies across the state.

The grants for the clean transportation demonstration projects, funded by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Accelerating Clean Transportation Now (ACTNow) program, were announced earlier this month by Gov. Charlie Baker.

“As the Commonwealth faces the challenges of climate change, innovative clean transportation solutions will be critical to significant reduce our greenhouse gas emissions,” Baker said. “Massachusetts companies are leading the charge on clean energy and transportation innovation, and the projects supported by this funding will pioneer new technologies and demonstrate new emissions reduction strategies.”

The ACTNow Program provides grants to applicant teams that pilot innovative, replicable clean transportation business and service delivery models. ACTNow prompts a variety of low carbon transportation solutions across different modalities, vehicle types, and populations.

The grants for the three nonprofits benefit Massachusetts’ Environmental Justice Criteria, which means the communities partnering with them meet criteria relating to annual median household income, race, and English isolation.

Receiving the grants were the following:

E4TheFuture, Framingham, which promotes residential clean energy and sustainable resource solutions to advance climate protection and economic fairness: $200,000 to deploy an income-tired and equity-focused electric vehicle carshare program in Roxbury. E4TheFuture is partnering with Shared Mobility, Inc., Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation, MAPC, Eversource, and the City of Boston.

PowerOptions, Boston, which works to secure favorable pricing terms and conditions for energy and energy related services in the competitive market: $200,000 to deploy a retrofitted electric school bus with a financial leasing model to be replicated for its members. PowerOptions is partnering with the town of Arlington.

Zoo New England, Boston, which manages Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and Stone Zoo in Stoneham: $174,985 to convert a new vehicle to a hybrid electric shuttle bus to provide clean transportation in the form of a free roundtrip service from Forest Hills MBTA station to the Franklin Park Zoo. Zoo New England is partnering with PowerOptions and XL Fleets.

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