Net Zero Task Force

Energy Efficiency Houses

In December 2013, the City of Cambridge created the “Getting to Net Zero Task Force” charged with advancing the goal of putting Cambridge on the trajectory towards becoming a “net zero community”, with focus on carbon emissions from building operations. This includes reducing energy use intensity of buildings and taking advantage of opportunities to harvest energy from renewable sources.

To guide this process, City Manager, Richard C. Rossi, appointed a thirteen-member committee comprised of residents, community advocates, business and property owners, developers and representatives of local universities. This committee will be working collaboratively with a team of technical consultants with support from City staff to examine strategies and develop recommendations that address the following topics:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the built environment 
  • Improve energy efficiency and conservation in existing and new buildings 
  • Support renewable energy generation both on- and off- site 
  • Best practices to engage and educate users and influence occupant behavior

The Task Force is assigned to study the technical aspects of greenhouse gas emissions from buildings in greater detail and develop comprehensive, actionable, long and short term recommendations; these may include changes to City ordinances, zoning policies, and other directives.

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April 9 2014

Upcoming Meeting of Interest
  • Wednesday, April 9 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Sullivan Chamber, Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue. Details to follow.

April 7 & 8

Working Group Meetings
  • To view the full schedule, please click on the schedule tab.  

March 5 2014

Upcoming Meeting of Interest

January 28 2014

Upcoming Meeting of Interest

April 9 2014

Net Zero Task Force Upcoming Meeting of Interest
  • Wednesday, April 9 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Sullivan Chamber.

April 8 2014

Energy Supply & Offsets Working Group Meeting
  • Tuesday, April 8 8:30 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 4th Floor Conference Room.
Engagement & Behavior Change Working Group Meeting
  • Tuesday, April 8 4:00 P.M. to 5:30 P.M. City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 4th Floor Conference Room.

April 7 2014

Regulation & Planning Approaches Working Group Meeting
  • Monday, April 7 8:30 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 4th Floor Conference Room. 
Incentives & Financing Tools Working Group Meeting
  • Monday, April 7 4:00 P.M. to 5:30 P.M. City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 4th Floor Conference Room.

Community Advocates/Residents

  • Henrietta Davis, former Mayor of Cambridge
  • Andrea Love, Resident, Payette Architects
  • Barun Singh, Resident, Founder & CTO, Wegowise
  • Quinton Zondervan, Executive Director, Climate Action Liaison Coalition

University/Climate Compact Representatives

  • Heather Henriksen, Director of the Office for Sustainability, Harvard University
  • Julie Newman, Director of Sustainability, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Planning Board

  • Tom Sieniewicz, Planning Board member, NBBJ

Business/Property Owner/Developer Representatives

  • Bill Kane, Vice President, Leasing & Development, BioMed Realty
  • Joseph Maguire, Vice President at Alexandria Real Estate Equities

Subject Matter Experts

  • Jane Carbone, Director of Development, Homeowner's Rehab
  • Caitriona Cooke, Program Director, Conservation Services Group
  • Emily Grandstaff-Rice, President, Boston Society of Architects/ Cambridge Sevens Associates
  • Shawn Hesse, Architect, Sustainability Expert, Emersion Design
  • Marc Hoffman, Energy Efficiency Advisor
  • Paul Lyons, President, Zapotec Energy

For more information on the Getting to Net Zero Task Force, please contact Ellen Kokinda at ekokinda@cambridgema.gov or 617/349-4618.