With the news of the United States withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, climate change is on the minds of many. Here in Somerville, we have been working on doing our part to address climate change at the local level through our SustainaVille initiatives and we are now embarking on developing the city’s first comprehensive climate change plan: Somerville Climate Forward.
Somerville Climate Forward will identify actionable short- and medium-term policies, projects, and programs around two key climate goals:
Significantly decreasing Somerville’s contribution to climate change by reducing the collective carbon emissions of both city government and the larger community while working toward the city’s goal of being carbon neutral by 2050.
To prepare Somerville to be resilient in the face of the expected impacts of climate change.
We are launching this project at a Community Meeting on June 26th. Meeting details are as follows:
When: Monday, June 26, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: East Somerville Community School Cafeteria, 50 Cross Street, Somerville
What: Somerville Climate Forward Community Meeting – At this meeting you will have the opportunity to learn about the Somerville Climate Forward project, better understand what climate change means for Somerville, and share your ideas and vision to help shape Somerville Climate Forward.
We want this plan to reflect the priorities of the Somerville community. Attending the June 26th meeting is the best way get involved and to learn about the project. Those who want to get more involved in the planning process are invited to join topic-focused working groups that will begin meeting over the summer. Working groups will meet on Thursday evenings at strategic points throughout the project, once in the summer, fall, and winter. There will also be opportunities to engage in the project online and to share your thoughts at festivals and events throughout the summer and fall. You can find us this weekend at the How to Fix the World Festival on Sunday, June 18th in Union Square.
Please email Hannah Payne, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are interested in joining a working group and cannot attend the June 26th meeting or if you have questions about the project.
Sustainability Coordinator, Office of Sustainability and Environment