To the Honorable, the City Council:
I am submitting a proposed framework for your consideration concerning the goal of setting Cambridge on the trajectory to becoming a "net zero community", with focus on carbon emissions from building operations.
The proposed framework is the result of a collaborative stakeholder process with the City's Getting to Net Zero Task Force which, over the course of the last 15 months, sought to respond to the need to reduce the carbon footprint of the city's built environment and map out an aggressive course to mitigate the effects of climate change. The Task Force, with support from city staff and members of the consultant team, have worked with stakeholders including the public, local institutions and businesses, and advocacy groups, to ensure a collaborative and inclusive process. The result of this process is the development of a vetted 25-year action strategy that sets the foundation for ongoing governance and collaboration among all sectors of our community, leading the City to our climate goals.
The Task Force advises the City to endorse a recommended set of actions and a process that engages stakeholders over time. The proposed set of actions are comprehensive, practical, implementable, and at the same time bold in their vision.
An executive summary of the proposed set of actions is attached including a letter submission from members of the Compact for a Sustainable Future as well as a detailed action plan for further reference regarding the proposed actions (Appendix G).
Should the Council endorse the recommended set of actions and stakeholder engagement process, it would enable the city and the community to plan more effectively to get Cambridge on the path to net zero. Further, endorsement would advance Cambridge's role as a regional and national leader in climate action and be a model for other communities.