2020 Town Meeting Warrant Articles

To insert in the Warrant for the Annual Town Meeting to be held on May 4, 2020:

 

FIRST PROPOSED ARTICLE:   Greenhouse Gas Emissions

 

To see if the town will support the goal of bringing town-wide greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2040.  Further, to see if the town meeting will request the Town to commit to making annual reductions in greenhouse gas emissions starting immediately, and to reporting annually on progress made toward achieving this goal, or take any other action relative thereto.

Explanation. In view of the rapidly accelerating pace of climate change, the damage it has already inflicted, and the threat it poses to the Town of Marblehead and to the health and safety of future generations, this would comply with the Town Meeting 2018 commitment to “using 100% carbon-free energy including in electricity production, building energy use, and transportation.” 

SECOND PROPOSED ARTICLE:   Sustainability Coordinator

In accordance with the Town of Marblehead’s commitment to achieving 100% carbon-free energy in electricity production, building energy use, and transportation by 2040, to see if the Town will further vote to raise and appropriate or transfer from available funds, the sum of $50,000, or any other sum, and request the Town to  hire a Director of Sustainability and Energy Efficiency, on an ongoing basis, who will be responsible for helping the Town transition to carbon-free sources of energy and securing grants to finance energy use reduction, clean energy, and sustainability initiatives, or take any action relative thereto. 

Marblehead, Mass., USA