Healthy environment and strong community go hand-in-hand. Policies that cut carbon emissions also give people better access to clean air and water, safe and secure energy supplies, and connections to the resources they need and the places they want to be.

Acadia Center is proud that initiatives make our homes and businesses healthier and safer places to live and work. One target was black carbon pollution from diesel buses in urban neighborhoods. Acadia Center’s team collaborated with community groups to do air quality testing, publicize the results, and call upon leadership to clean up the air, especially in hard-hit neighborhoods. Bus fleets in three states advanced their clean-up timelines, including all school buses in Massachusetts. Now Acadia Center is leading research, analysis and advocacy to power vehicles with alternatives like electricity from renewable sources.

Other innovative approaches include integrating health and safety improvements, such as lead paint removal, with weatherization and heating equipment upgrades. Acadia Center reaches out to and partners with community and public health groups to support clean energy and climate change policies. Acadia Center’s EnergyVision framework shows how communities can be cleaner and more livable by embracing municipal reforms to support local clean energy infrastructure like electric vehicle charging stations; development of solar, community wind and combined heat and power and targeted investments in energy efficiency that improve building quality and reduce energy costs.