Brookline MA Bans New Fossil Fuel Connections November 25 2019, 0 Comments

On the evening of November 20th at a Brookline, Massachusetts town meeting, they voted 207 to 3 with 6 abstentions to ban new fossil fuel connections in new and significantly rehabilitated buildings. The by-law still needs approval by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office but the people have spoken.

Here is a link to the full text of Warrant Article 21 as passed. The town of Brookline has been maintaining a web site with lots of data concerning this provision, which would require non-fossil fuel systems in new construction and gut rehabilitation projects in Brookline. However, it allows waivers for

Projects sponsored by the Brookline Housing Authority (BHA) on property owned by the Brookline Housing Authority that includes 100% affordable housing units for low-income renters…[and] …Any housing or mixed use project in which 50 percent or more of the housing units will be affordable…
See the video of the Boston25 news video and read more in the Boston Globe article.

Thanks to NY-GEO members John Ciovacco and Bob Wyman for this tip.