What We're Doing
Reducing energy consumption in City operations has been a priority in Cambridge for over a decade. In 1999, Cambridge became a member of ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection program and was also an early signatory of the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. The Cambridge City Council approved the Climate Protection Plan in December of 2002. The City’s goal is to lead by example by reducing energy consumption within its municipal buildings and operations. In the spring of 2010, Cambridge was designated a Green Community for its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, minimize energy use, and serve as a leader among municipalities in achieving sustainability.
The City of Cambridge has already taken many steps to reduce energy consumption and green its municipal building stock and operations. Since 2004, the City has operated under the policy that all new municipal construction and major renovations should be designed to be certifiable under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. Developed by the USGBC, LEED, is an internationally recognized green building certification system.
Seven city buildings, including the City Hall Annex, Russell Field Athletic Center, the Main Library, West Cambridge Youth Center, War Memorial Recreational Facility, Robert W. Healy Safety Building, and Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School have all been LEED certified, and the recently renovated Alice K. Wolf Center is currently in application to receive LEED certification. Additionally, it is the goal of the City to achieve LEED-Gold certification for the reconstruction of the Martin Luther King Jr. School. The City Hall Annex was the first municipal building in Massachusetts to achieve LEED certification. The City Manager established an inter-departmental Energy Management Work Group in 2004 to track energy consumption and target buildings for energy-efficiency improvements.
To learn more about the City's Climate Protection Initiatives, please visit the Community Development Department's webpage.
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