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Net Zero Transportation Plan

Image of an MBTA bus in Porter Square The City of Cambridge is creating a Net Zero Transportation Plan (NZTP). This plan will help remove greenhouse gas emissions from transportation in Cambridge. It will help our community fight climate change.
 
The City Council set a goal for Cambridge to use only renewable energy by 2035 and reach zero emissions by 2050. We already have the Net Zero Action Plan to remove emissions from buildings and the Net Zero Waste Plan to remove emissions from our waste system. This transportation plan is the third part of our climate strategy.
 
For more information, contact Stephanie Groll at sgroll@cambridgema.gov.
If you would like to give input in another language, please call 617-865-2273 -- City staff can answer your questions with the help of an interpreter over the phone.

Project Details

The City has formed an Advisory Group to make recommendations to guide the Net Zero Transportation Plan.

The Advisory Group is composed of community organizations that serve or represent Cambridge residents. The work of the Advisory Group is not the whole process to develop the NZTP; it is a part of the process. Broader community engagement is now beginning in 2024. 

Our goal is to hear many voices that reflect a variety of experiences—especially those who have been underheard, underserved, and historically excluded in the past. 

Advisory Group members will meet for 18 months to share their life experience and how that connects to mobility needs. They will raise issues that affect equity in transportation, as well as other challenges that impact community members. The Advisory Group will also learn about transportation issues that lead to climate change, and will set guiding principles, discuss options for strategies and actions, recommend preferred strategies to remove greenhouse gases from transportation, and propose ways to measure success. Read more here about the purpose and activities of the Advisory Group.

Who are the members of the Advisory Group?

Residents and representatives of organizations in Cambridge. They are:

  • James Pierre, Adius Arts Initiative, Founder
  • Lonnell Wells, Cambridge Bike Giveback, Founder
  • Farris Blount, Cambridge Black Pastor's Alliance, Junior Pastor
  • Rachel Tanenhaus, Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities, ADA Coordinator/Executive Director
  • Malene Council, Cambridge Department of Human Service Programs, Community Engagement Team
  • Omriqui Thomas, Cambridge Public Schools Student
  • Ali Sorrels, Cambridge Women's Center, Co-Director, Operations & Administration
  • Yao Wu, Chinese American Association of Cambridge, Member
  • Nora Sears, De Novo Center for Justice and Healing, Volunteer and Training Coordinator (replaced Elizabeth Brusie, Assistant Legal Director)
  • Ben Engle, Food For Free, Chief Operations Officer (expired appointment)
  • Ibrahim Omar, Islamic Society of Boston Cambridge, Operations Integration Analyst
  • Guerlancia Laurent, Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, Community Liaison and Adult Enrichment Coordinator
  • Angela Vierling-Classen, North Cambridge resident

What are the goals of the Net Zero Transportation Plan?

  • Remove climate pollution from transportation
  • Improve mobility
  • Improve economic opportunity and address historic injustices
  • Create a stronger and more connected community

Process Equity

The Advisory Group recognizes that an equitable process for developing the Plan:

  1. Is guided by community voices.
  2. Is transparent.
  3. Prioritizes underserved, underheard, and historically excluded groups of people.
  4. Reduces harm.
  5. Builds long-term relationships.
  6. Is accessible.

Schedule

  • Update greenhouse gas emission inventory - 2019
  • Appoint Advisory Group (AG) - January 2022
  • AG Set up and learn - February to May 2022
  • AG Brainstorm and analyze - June 2022 to June 2023
  • Community engagement - March 2024 to March 2025 (engagement includes input while we develop the plan and learning about it after final plan is released)
  • AG Deliberate and build agreement - July 2023 to July 2024
  • AG Form a plan - July 2024 to December 2024
  • Release final plan - Early 2025

Engagement Updates

Advisory Group Meeting 11

April 24, 2024 - 9:00 to 11:00 am

  • Agenda (coming soon)
  • Presentation (coming soon)

Location: In-person at 344 Broadway, 4th floor conference room, and hybrid via Zoom.

Contact: Stephanie Groll sgroll@cambridgema.gov, 617-349-4673

Register in advance for this webinar: https://cbi-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7R6E655OQFuTgHn0-xH-TA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The City of Cambridge does not discriminate, including on the basis of disability. We may provide auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures to people with disabilities. For more information contact Stephanie Groll at sgroll@cambridgema.gov, 617-349-4673 (voice), or via relay at 711.

Prior Meetings

Advisory Group Meeting 10

March 27, 2024 - 9:00 to 11:30 am

  • Agenda
  • Presentation (coming soon)

Community Meetings - March 6, 2024 Via Zoom and March 7, 2024 In-Person at Citywide Senior Center

At these community meetings, City staff answered:

  • What is the planning process?
  • Why is the City doing this?
  • What will the plan do?
  • How will this affect community members?

Community members shared their thoughts on potential actions that could go into the plan.

  • Video
  • Presentation (coming soon)
  • Notes (coming soon)

Advisory Group Meeting 9

January 24, 2024

Advisory Group Meeting 8

November 29, 2023

Advisory Group Meeting 7

September 27, 2023

Advisory Group Meeting 6

August 9, 2023

Advisory Group Meeting 5

June 28, 2023

Advisory Group Meeting 4

May 31, 2023

Advisory Group Meeting 3

April 26, 2023

Advisory Group Meeting 2

March 29, 2023

Advisory Group Meeting 1

February 2, 2023

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