Viewing Grant Proposal: City of Ann Arbor_Bryant Neighborhood Decarbonization

This project will help create the nation’s first fully decarbonized existing neighborhood, and do that by centering the goals, aspirations, and strengths of low‐income and BIPOC residents. Led by a coalition of residents, nonprofits, and governmental organizations, for more than two years, stakeholders have been envisioning what a carbon neutral Bryant neighborhood could look like. This grant will help implement some of the solutions identified – focusing on making significant energy, electrification, health, safety, and comfort improvements in 50 low‐income homes.
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2/28/2024 9:06:59 AM
The clean energy transition risks leaving those who are most vulnerable to climate change, and who could most benefit from the transition, behind. Decarbonization in Michigan is very difficult, given the cost of electricity, and demonstrating what is needed to successfully decarbonize a lower- income neighborhood without increasing operational costs is crucial, and requires deep efficiency retro-fits as well as on-site renewables as electrification progresses. This project tackles the MOST difficult challenges, and has the support and engagement of the Bryant community.
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3/7/2024 2:45:10 PM
As we work to decarbonize our state while improving the health of our communities, there is undoubtedly a lot of work that needs to be done, especially if we are do it in an equitable manner. This work takes everyone, and there is much that we still need to learn to help everyone make the transitions needed. But this work is difficult, especially in communities that are unable to fund the necessary retrofits on their own yet stand to gain the most benefits. Therefore, we need to lead by focusing on our communities that have been underinvested in to ensure they are at the forefront of the clean energy transition, which is exactly what this proposal does. By working in this community, we can help residents by improving the health and safety of their homes and community, reduce their utility bills, and refine strategies on how to decarbonize that can be used by other communities across Michigan. The project is already set up for success by working directly with a local CBO and buy-in from the residents, ensuring funding will be immediately put to use and make a real difference in the lives of the residents while creating a roadmap to help even more communities down the line.
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3/8/2024 5:37:00 PM
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has released the State of Michigan’s Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) which builds from Michigan’s MI Healthy Climate Plan, the state’s strategy for reaching carbon neutrality by 2050 and reducing emissions by 50-52% relative to 2005 by 2030. The City of Ann Arbor Bryant Neighborhood Decarbonization Project aligns with the PCAP near-term greenhouse gas emission reduction measures ID No. 3 "Commercial and Residential Building" drive building electrification and fuel-switching in existing buildings including an emphasis on low income and disadvantaged communities electrifying households that currently rely on delivered fuels such as propane and home heating oil.
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3/12/2024 9:20:22 AM
I am writing to express my wholehearted support for the City of Ann Arbor's application for the decarbonization project in the Bryant Neighborhood. This innovative initiative has the potential to create the nation's first fully decarbonized existing neighborhood, while also prioritizing the goals, aspirations, and strengths of low-income and BIPOC residents. Led by a coalition of residents, nonprofits, and governmental organizations, stakeholders have dedicated over two years to envisioning a carbon-neutral Bryant neighborhood. This grant opportunity presents a crucial step towards realizing this vision by facilitating significant energy, electrification, health, safety, and comfort improvements in 50 low-income homes. Furthermore, I commend the alignment of this project with the MI Healthy Climate Plan goals, particularly in its commitment to environmental justice, clean energy, and community engagement. By embracing renewable energy and electrification, this project not only addresses climate change but also promotes economic prosperity and social equity within the Bryant Neighborhood. I urge the MPSC to carefully consider and support this application, recognizing its potential to serve as a model for sustainable development and community empowerment statewide. Together, let us work towards a cleaner, healthier, and more equitable future for all Michiganders. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
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3/22/2024 9:29:31 AM
Meeting the State's climate objectives will undoubtedly be a daunting journey. However, integrating principles of equity into the process adds another layer of complexity. This initiative offers a blueprint for collaborative community-driven action, which is why I'm enthusiastic about its proposal and hopeful it secures the necessary funding to move forward. The prospect of establishing the inaugural carbon-neutral neighborhood in the nation aligns perfectly with the kind of ambitious endeavors I had envisioned being supported by this grant opportunity. Backing such a project not only showcases Michigan's commitment to tackling climate change, decarbonization, and resilience building, but also underscores the importance of community involvement. I urge you to allocate funding for this project. Decarbonizing low-income housing is a multifaceted and intricate endeavor that demands careful attention and time. The project team has evidently invested substantial effort in nurturing the partnerships essential for executing this vital work. While I anticipate seeing more projects of this nature in the future, for now, this stands as a shining example deserving of investment. This project epitomizes the kind of initiatives we should be prioritizing for funding. I implore the state to give precedence to this project and commit to closely monitoring its impact and extracting valuable lessons to be shared statewide.
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3/22/2024 9:38:28 AM
Yes! This is the exact type of project we should be funding. I hope the state prioritizes this project and leans into monitoring the impact and lessons learned from this work, and shares it throughout the State.
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3/22/2024 12:11:22 PM
Working in Ann Arbor and closely with the Bryant community, I've seen how decarbonizing low-income housing is complicated, nuanced, and time consuming. The amount of care and time needed to create these relationships is crucial and highlights how impactful the project team has been in implementing this critical work. I certainly hope to see a lot more projects like this in the future - widespread across the state, but for now, this is a model that needs to be invested in and built upon. My hope is for this funding to ensure that Bryant neighborhood residents continue to receive home retrofits, as well as other improvements in the decarbonization process.
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3/22/2024 12:57:37 PM
Achieving the State’s climate goals is going to be a challenging path. But doing it in a way that centers equity is going to be even more complicated. This project presents a model for how this work can unfold – with the community. That is part of the reason I’m excited to see this project proposed and hope it receives funding to advance.
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3/22/2024 5:17:26 PM
I own a home in the Bryant neighborhood and I would really benefit from the renewable energy grant. I think being more sustainable is so important for long term home ownership, and I wouldn't be able to afford to do the upgrades on my own.
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3/22/2024 5:49:07 PM
Renewable energy is the future. I support renewable energy and what they are trying to do.
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