Climate and Energy Milestones

1999 Cambridge joins ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

2000 Cambridge completes first community greenhouse gas emissions inventory

2002 City Council approves Climate Protection Plan

2003 City Manager appoints Climate Protection Action Committee

2004 City Manager convenes Energy Management Work Group to identify and implement energy efficiency measures in municipal facilities

2005 Cambridge signs U.S. Mayors Climate Agreement

2005 City begins converting traffic signals to LEDs

2005 City Manager issues Energy Star Purchasing Policy; all departments required to purchase Energy Star rated office equipment

2005 City Council issues a policy order setting goal that 20% of municipal power come from renewable sources

2005 City Hall Annex receives LEED Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council; first City building to be LEED certified

2006 Public Works Department partners with Mass. Department of Energy Resources to install web-based Energy Information System to track energy use in municipal buildings

2006 City Manager convenes Green Fleet Committee to increase fuel efficiency of municipal vehicles; starts Green Fleet vehicle acquisition procedure

2007 Cambridge Energy Alliance launches by the City and Henry P. Kendall Foundation with the support of Governor Deval Patrick

2009 City receives $1.1 million Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant by formula from the U.S. Department of Energy under ARRA; 2/3 allocated to municipal energy projects and 1/3 to community energy efficiency

2009 City Council adopts Stretch Energy Code

2009 City Council adopts resolution recognizing climate emergency; works with citizens to hold Cambridge Climate Emergency Congress

2010 Cambridge designated a Green Community 

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