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GRC Welcomes Three New Members

The GRC is pleased to welcome three new Members. Sarah Iselin, President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, took the reins at the three-million member health insurer from GRC member Andrew Dreyfus at the beginning of 2023. Iselin is an experienced healthcare executive who earned her masters at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, had multiple leadership roles at BCBSMA, and led implementation of the affordable care act for Governor Patrick. Alastair Bell, MD, MBA, President and CEO of the Boston Medical Center Health System (BMC), recently succeeded long-time GRC member Kate Walsh, now Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Commonwealth. As BMC’s COO since 2012, he helped expand healthcare access for historically marginalized people. Oliver Sellers-Garcia, Boston’s first Green New Deal Director and Senior Advisor to Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, works across all City agencies to ensure that climate is considered and advanced through strategies that address social, racial, and economic inequality.

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GRC and Embrace Boston Present: Our Shared History Report – Using Boston’s Climate Opportunities to Address Systemic Racism

Completed in collaboration with Embrace Boston, GRC’s “Our Shared History” report aims to open a dialog among a wide variety of stakeholders in Boston’s future who hope to use the shift to a resilient post-carbon economy as an opportunity to eradicate the harms of racism embedded in our built environment. The report addresses three main topics: patterns of racial injustice, climate inequities, and equitable climate action opportunities. We are now in an era of systemic transformation of Boston, compelled by climate change. In creating this report, the GRC hopes the historical account will serve to inform our shared vision of progress.

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Climate Disclosure

“The Commonwealth’s Resilient Coast strategy comes as a welcome initiative at a critical time – just as we need to move more briskly from planning to implementation. It can build off of the good work done already through the Climate Ready Boston program and the Municipal Vulnerability Plans (MVPs) developed by other coastal communities up and down the coast. Hopefully, we’ll get a clear set of priorities for the decades ahead, along with various strategies to implement them.”

– Bud Ris, Senior Advisor, Boston Green Ribbon Commission on the Commonwealth’s Coastal Resiliency Strategy

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MassCEC RFI: Neighborhood Electrification

MassCEC is seeking to gauge interest and get input into potential neighborhood electrification demonstration projects. “Neighborhood electrification” is the strategic electrification of the building stock and decommissioning of the natural gas system in defined geographic areas – such as street segments, neighborhoods, or zones – that leverage opportunities where electrification could be more cost-effective than reinvestment in the gas system (e.g., pipeline repair). MassCEC welcomes responses from all stakeholders – in particular, perspectives from utilities, municipalities, large landowners (e.g., universities or affordable housing owners), technical experts, legal/regulatory experts, community-based organizations, and advocacy organizations.

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