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 has already taken many steps to reduce energy consumption and green its municipal building stock and operations. It is City policy since 2004 that all new municipal construction and major renovations follow the U.S. Green Building Council LEED standards. Developed by the USGCB, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED), is an internationally recognized green building certification system.
Two City buildings – City Hall Annex and Russell Field Fieldhouse—have already been certified (Annex is certified LEED Gold) and 5 additional projects are in the process of achieving LEED status—the Main Library, West Cambridge Youth Center, War Memorial recreational facility, the Robert W. Healy Public Safety Facility, and the Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. City Hall Annex was the first municipal building in Massachusetts to achieve LEED certification; it was certified at the Gold level. 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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