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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.

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 will happen later in 2023. 

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


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

Engagement Updates

Advisory Group Meeting 8

November 29, 2023

  • Agenda
  • Presentation (coming soon)

9:00 to 11:30 am

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

Contact: Stephanie Groll sgroll@cambridgema.gov, 617-349-467

Register in advance for this webinar:

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 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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