Local Efforts Towards Zero Carbon Homes
Adult Enrichment / Special Interest -
Moderator: Amos Meeks, PhD, Precinct 3 Town Meeting Member and previous co-chair of Sustainable Arlington
Panelists (All Arlington Residents):
Tom Ehbrecht, Sustainable Arlington
Scott Samenfeld, HeatSmart, Menotomy Weatherization Program Participant
Ezekiel Wheeler, Business and home solar user
Seth Federspiel, Climate Program Manager, City of Cambridge Community Development Department
Coralie Cooper, Arlington’s Clean Energy Future Committee, Arlington Mothers Out Front
Meet Arlington residents and business owners who have taken steps to making their homes emit less carbon dioxide. With ample time to ask questions of these experienced and knowledgeable neighbors, learn how they have switched their heating, cooling, and cooking systems away from fossil fuels through new installations and assistance from various local organizations. Hear firsthand how an electrified home can become carbon free and stop emitting greenhouse gases when combined with opting for up to 100% renewable electricity. In many cases, the efficient systems and insulation solutions improve home comfort, can save money and, most importantly, help slow climate change.
Coralie Cooper is the Chair of Arlington’s Clean Energy Future Committee which is implementing the Town’s new Net Zero Action Plan and a member of Arlington Mothers Out Front. Coralie is also Deputy Director of a multi-state air quality non-profit association, working with state air agencies to develop strategies and policies to reduce greenhouse gas and criteria pollutant emissions. Coralie has an MCP degree from MIT. a B.A. from Boston University, is LEED AP BD+C accredited, and a Certified Energy Manager.
Tom Ehbrecht is a 21-year resident of Arlington and co-chair of Sustainable Arlington. He participated in the HeatSmart program and converted his home from an oil fired heating system to an air source heat pump mini split system and solar hot water heater. Combined with opting for up to 100% renewable power with Arlington Community Electricity, he has dramatically reduced his home’s carbon footprint and even saved money on their heating bill.
Seth Federspiel and is the Climate Program Manager for the City of Cambridge Community Development Department. He is responsible for carrying out the 25-year Net Zero Action Plan to phase out greenhouse gas emissions across the Cambridge building community. Prior to Cambridge, Seth worked for the Climate Strategies Division of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Policy and Analysis group in the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. He holds a Master’s degree in environmental policy from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment and a Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from Brown University. In his home in Arlington Center, Seth has installed air source heat pumps and solar hot water.
Dr. Amos Meeks is a precinct 3 Town Meeting Member and a previous co-chair of Sustainable Arlington. He has been involved in a variety of sustainability advocacy campaigns at both the state and local level, most recently focused on decarbonizing our buildings, which are the largest source of carbon emissions in Arlington. He holds a PhD in applied physics from Harvard University and a BS in engineering from Olin College.
Scott Samenfeld is a 22-year resident of Arlington and long-time member of Sustainable Arlington. He participated in the HeatSmart Program and took advantage of the Menotomy Weatherization Program, which provided blown-in insulation and air sealing. Additionally, Scott was able to participate in a pilot program through the Boston Action for Boston Community Development (ABDC) that provided for the conversion from a combination of oil forced hot air and baseboard electric to a ducted air source heat pump and mini-split heat pumps. Combined with solar panels on the roof, he has significantly reduced the carbon footprint and saved money.
Ezekiel Wheeler is an Arlington resident who has set up two solar installations totalling over 31kwh with another 54kwh in his home and business, which power two electric cars. He's also partnered with MassSave for a lighting retrofit and air-source heat pump for his warehouse, and blown-in insulation on his home. Through the Arlington Winchester HeatSmart program, he installed ground source heat pumps and solar hot water on his 2-family home, bringing these technologies to his family and renters as well. Ezekiel is interested in proving a solid ROI for these choices both at home, and at work.