Net Zero Action Plan

2015 Net Zero Action Plan Infographic
Net Zero Action Plan Infographic

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 achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 with focus on greenhouse gas emissions from building operations. The resulting Net Zero Action Plan adopted by City Council in June 2015 includes a detailed set of recommendations and strategies to:

  • 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

A key principle of the Net Zero Action Plan was to continuously monitor and adapt to changes related to GHG emission reductions in buildings. To help meet that commitment, in 2020 the City is conducting a comprehensive 5-Year Review of the Plan in order to evaluate the program impact to date, consider options to adjust the Net Zero Action Plan framework, and lead to adoption of an updated framework that reflects current climate science, policy, technology, and equity considerations. A new Net Zero Task Force will provide feedback and input to each of the project elements and represent essential stakeholder interests in the implementation of the updated Net Zero Action Plan.

For more information about the Net Zero Action Plan and the 5-Year Review Process, see the tabs below.

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Net Zero 5-Year Review Task Force Meeting 2

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Thursday, December 10, 2020

Zoom link:
Virtual meeting information forthcoming

Neighborhood:
City Wide

Contact:
Seth Federspiel, sfederspiel@cambridgema.gov, 617-349-4674

The Net Zero Action Plan, Cambridge’s climate action plan for buildings adopted in 2015, is being reviewed to respond to current scientific, policy, technology, and equity considerations. A Task Force of community stakeholders has been appointed by the City Manager to inform this review process and recommend potential changes to the Plan. During this second of six meetings, city staff and consultants will present an evaluation of NZAP impacts to date and city-wide building emissions trends in order to inform potential adjustments to the Plan and ongoing monitoring approaches.

Thursday November 12, 2020

  • Meeting 1: Net Zero Action Plan introduction
  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM on Zoom: https://cambridgema.zoom.us/s/88033444248

December 2020

  • Meeting 2: Existing data and evaluation approaches

January 2021

  • Meeting 3: Net Zero Action Plan strategy and action update brainstorming

February 2021

  • Meeting 4: Strategy and action updates and recommendations

March 2021

  • Meeting 5: Review equity assessment and outline of implementation plan

April 2021

  • Meeting 6: Review updated implementation plan

Residents/Advocates

  • Henrietta Davis (Former Mayor/Cambridgeport)

Henrietta Davis is a former City Councillor and Mayor and a representative of resident interests. Henrietta was a member of the 2013 Net Zero Task Force.

  • Peter Crawley (Representative of Cambridge Climate Protection Action Committee/East Cambridge)

Peter Crawley is a Cambridge resident and member of the Climate Protection Action Committee, which was tasked with providing outside oversight of the Net Zero Action Plan and has reviewed each of the Annual Status Reports to date.

  • Gaurab Basu (Neighborhood Nine)

Gaurab Basu is a Cambridge resident and physician with expertise in climate health impacts and equity.

  • Margery Davies (Representative of Mothers Out Front/Cambridgeport)

Margery Davies is a Cambridge resident and volunteer for Mothers Out Front.

  • Jan Devereux (Former Vice Mayor/Representative of Green Cambridge/West Cambridge)

Jan Devereux is a Cambridge resident and member of the Board of Directors for Green Cambridge.

  • Adam Gould (Youth Representative/North Cambridge)

Adam Gould is a Cambridge resident and representative of youth climate activists.

  • David Adamian (West Cambridge)

David Adamian is a Cambridge resident and the CEO of GreenerU, which helps universities reduce their environmental impacts.

  • Kolin Loveless (Neighborhood Nine)

Kolin Loveless is a Cambridge resident and expert in clean energy technology.

Institutions/Property Owners/Developers

  • Heather Henriksen (Representative of Harvard University)

Heather Henriksen is the Managing Director of the Harvard Office for Sustainability. Heather was a member of the 2013 Net Zero Task Force.

  • Julie Newman (Representative of MIT)

Julie Newman is the Director of the MIT Office for Sustainability. Julie was a member of the 2013 Net Zero Task Force.

  • Rick Malmstrom (Representative of Alexandria Real Estate, Equities)

Rick Malmstrom is the Executive Director of Sustainability Operations for Alexandria Real Estate, Equities.

  • Jane Carbone (Representative of Homeowners Rehab, Inc.)

Jane Carbone is the Director of Development for Homeowners Rehab, Inc. Jane was a member of the 2013 Net Zero Task Force.

  • Ben Myers (Representative of Boston Properties)

Ben Myers is the Vice President of Sustainability for Boston Properties.

  • Eli Herman (Representative of Akelius Real Estate)

Eli Herman is the Construction Manager for Akelius, specializing in medium residential and commercial properties.

  • Deborah Donovan (Representative of Takeda)

Deborah Donovan is the Vice President of Environment, Health, and Safety at Takeda.

  • Tom Evans (Representative of the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority)

Tom Evans is the Executive Director of the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority.

Subject Matter Experts

  • Tom Sieniewicz (Representative of the Cambridge Planning Board)

Tom Sieniewicz is a Cambridge resident and member of the Planning Board. Tom was a member of the 2013 Net Zero Task Force.

  • Paul Lyons (Zapotec Energy)

Paul Lyons is a Cambridge resident and the CEO of Zapotec Energy, a solar design company. Paul was a member of the 2013 Net Zero Task Force.

  • Andrea Love (Payette Architects)

Andrea Love is a Cambridge resident and green building design expert. Andrea was a member of the 2013 Net Zero Task Force.

  • Chris Leary (Jacobs Architects/Kendall Square Association)

Chris Leary is the Vice President of Jacobs Architects and a member of the Kendall Square Association.

  • Gabe Shapiro (Representative of All-In Energy)

Gabe Shapiro is the Co-Founder of All-in-Energy, which provide energy efficiency services and job training to renters and low-income residents.

  • Steven Miller (Representative of Eversource Energy)

Steven Miller is an Energy Efficiency Consultant for Eversource Energy.

  • Dave Bisson (Representative of Resonant Energy)

Dave Bisson is the Business Development Manager for Resonant Energy, which increases access to solar for under-served populations.

  • Lauren Baumann (Representative of New Ecology)

Lauren Baumann is the Vice President of New Ecology, which provides green building design services for affordable housing.

  • Jen Stevenson Zepeda (Representative of Climable)

Jen Stevenson Zepeda is the Director of Research and Operations for Climable, which increases energy security for under-served populations.

Meeting 1: Net Zero Action Plan introduction

Thursday November 12, 2020

For more information on the Net Zero Action Plan, please contact Seth Federspiel at sfederspiel@cambridgema.gov or 617-349-4674.