Road Map to Net Zero 2050
At Special Town Meeting, on October 17, 2020, a Climate Action Resolution, sponsored by Westford Climate Action, was passed by an almost unanimous vote. The resolution was "to resolve that, in response to the escalating climate crisis, Westford commits to take actions to promote clean energy and reduce fossil fuel use, including promoting energy efficient upgrades in all town facilities and in private homes and businesses and purchasing the highest percentage of clean, renewable energy in town contracts as feasible."
The resolution also resolved that the "The Select Board will charge a task force with studying and making recommendations for specific strategies for Westford to achieve the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ limit of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 with intermediate goals. The committee will provide a plan to the Select Board within 9 months of receiving its charge and it will report the town’s progress towards those goals annually at Town Meeting."
Clean Energy and Sustainability Committee (CEAS)
The CEAS was charged by the Select Board with the responsibility to create the Net Zero Road Map and it is currently under development. The first draft of the Road Map will be presented to the Select Board in October 2021.
The first step of the Road Map process is to conduct a Greenhouse Gas Inventory. It will include a survey of current community wide GHG emissions, including those from energy, buildings, transportation, land use, and waste. The results of this survey will allow the Road Map to focus on the biggest emitters of GHG. The plan will be created as a collaborative process involving all stakeholders in the community.
Questions? Want to Get Involved?
Please contact Beth Perkins