MACDC is committed to surfacing, generating and implementing solutions for the financial, technical, knowledge, and policy barriers that are getting in the way of affordable housing fully participating in an all-electric, carbon-free future. Toward that end, MACDC has partnered with LISC Boston and New Ecology, to launch the Decarbonization of Affordable Subsidized Housing (DASH) project. Over the next year, we will focus on two main areas: (1) education and technical assistance for our members and others in the affordable housing field on the need to decarbonize the affordable housing sector via deep energy retrofits and electrification of new and existing buildings, and (2) policy advocacy to remove barriers, provide incentives, and drive resources to the affordable housing sector so owners can meaningfully accelerate decarbonization.
The Climate/Policy Intern will be an integral part of MACDC’s team, our climate work with LISC and New Ecology, and the implementation of all aspects of DASH activities. The Intern’s responsibilities will include the following:
- Assist with staffing the Clean Energy Cohort, a community of practice for affordable housing professionals interested in energy efficiency, renewable energy, resiliency, and resident health to network, learn, and share information. This will include planning agendas, outreach to MACDC Members, and helping to manage a list serv to facilitate peer-to-peer conversations.
- Participate in planning two large-scale forums; one on “Electrification and Affordable Housing”, and the other on “Passive House Lessons Learned”. • Assist with MACDC’s policy advocacy for financial and regulatory solutions to support deep energy retrofits and transition toward equitable decarbonization- through research, member mobilization, and stakeholder outreach.
- Respond to inquiries about MACDC’s energy and climate-related work and help coordinate this work.
- Assist with other MACDC policy advocacy, including our health-related advocacy, the HERO Campaign to raise revenue for affordable housing and climate work, and advocacy related to federal funds coming to Massachusetts.
- Conduct research on policy and practice to support MACDC’s activities on energy, climate, housing, health, and other areas as requested. The Intern will have the opportunity to author, and co-author, blogs and articles for MACDC’s newsletter.
- Attend coalition meetings on behalf of MACDC, provide technical assistance and information to our members upon request, and perform other duties as assigned.
The Climate/Policy Intern will report to the Senior Policy Advocate and will have an opportunity to work with MACDC’s President, Program Director for Health Equity, Director of Economic Development, and Senior Organizer. This is a paid internship. We welcome students interested in a school year internship, who will be available to work between 15 and 20 hours per week through June 2022.
- Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent Experience
- Strong research skills
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Good computer skills, and familiarity with using WORD and Excel
- Ability to work on more than one project simultaneously
- Demonstrated interest in climate resiliency, energy efficiency, and/or affordable housing
- Enrollment in a graduate field of study
- Basic understanding of community development and/or affordable housing
- Basic understanding of climate and clean energy policy