Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2017 #109
ORDER ADOPTED
Apr 24, 2017 5:30 PM

Urge the Cambridge Legislative Delegation in the State Legislature to do everything in its power to bring Massachusetts closer to 100% renewable energy by 2035, and ensure that the benefits of renewable energy are realized by Massachusetts residents from all walks of life and supporting a goal of using 100% clean and renewable energy in Cambridge, including in building energy use and transportation, by 2035.

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Department:City Clerk's Office, JDSponsors:Councillor Jan Devereux, Vice Mayor Marc C. McGovern
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

Mass Power Forward, a coalition of dozens of leading environmental and community development organizations, clean energy businesses, faith groups, and neighborhood health and safety advocates, has called upon cities and towns to support its platform to accelerate the transition to 100% clean, renewable energy by reducing dependence on fossil fuels; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is heavily reliant on energy that comes from fossil fuels that pollute our air, water and alter our climate; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Massachusetts communities are already feeling the impacts of climate change in rising temperatures, increased risk of flooding, and more intense and frequent storms, as described in the recently completed Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The City of Cambridge is working diligently to reduce its carbon emissions and to promote clean energy, including participating in the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Green Communities Program, supporting private and public solar installations, adopting the Net Zero Action Plan, constructing Net Zero schools, promoting electric vehicles, promoting the use of renewable energy through the Cambridge Energy Alliance, and converting to LED streetlights, among other efforts; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Clean energy production brings many benefits to Massachusetts, including reducing pollution, creating tens of thousands of clean energy jobs, and retaining more of our energy dollars in the local economy; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Cambridge has been a leader in the fight against global warming, and has a responsibility to continue to set a positive example for other towns and cities to follow; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Massachusetts can source 100% of its energy from clean, renewable sources by harnessing its abundant solar and wind resources, and taking advantage of innovations in energy efficiency, green transportation, energy storage, and other technologies; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The transition to 100% renewable energy will promote employment opportunities and economic growth in our communities, facilitate local control and ownership over energy options, and bring tangible benefits to low-income residents and others who have historically been disadvantaged by our energy system; now therefore be it

 

 

RESOLVED:

That the City Council go on record urging the Cambridge Legislative Delegation in the State Legislature to do everything in its power to bring Massachusetts closer to 100% renewable energy by 2035, and ensure that the benefits of renewable energy are realized by Massachusetts residents from all walks of life; and be it further

 

 

RESOLVED:

That the City Council go on record supporting a goal of using 100% clean and renewable energy in Cambridge, including in building energy use and transportation, by 2035; and be it

 

 

RESOLVED:

That the City of Cambridge will continue to take concrete actions to promote clean energy and reduce fossil fuel use, including but not limited to municipal solar projects, energy efficiency upgrades, community choice aggregation, municipal fleet replacement, installing public electric vehicle charging stations, Net Zero municipal construction, promoting and participating in community solar projects, developing a “Solar Ready” Ordinance, and prioritizing public transportation; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the Council on progress made on this matter with regular status updates.

 

Meeting History

Apr 24, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED