Clean Energy & Public Policy Working Group

Clean Energy and Public Policy Working Group

Working with Town Officials to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Sustainable Marblehead’s Clean Energy and Public Policy Working Group is pursuing policy and purchasing changes to increase our use of clean energy and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Our goals are to:

 

  • Move to 100% carbon-free energy use as quickly as possible.

  • Work with town officials to implement energy efficiency and savings programs in municipal buildings and fleets and incorporate renewable energy features in all new municipal buildings and renovations.

  • Work with the Marblehead Municipal Light Department (MMLD) to increase our use of carbon-free electricity from 70% to 100%.

  • Encourage the use of solar and wind technology.

  • Encourage Marblehead residents to purchase or lease non-polluting electric vehicles and encourage the town to install public EV chargers.

  • Encourage residents to convert from fossil fuel to non-polluting geothermal heating and cooling systems.

  • Advocate for a healthy tree canopy to absorb and process carbon.

 

In 2018, we:

 

  • Sponsored and passed two warrant articles at Town Meeting, one setting a goal of using 100% carbon-free energy in electricity production, building energy use, and transportation, and another implementing stricter energy efficiency standards for new residential construction.

  • Participated in Marblehead’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) process to identify the town’s greatest climate-related vulnerabilities and develop a plan to address them.

  • Started a conversation with our Town Administrator which has led to the development of a proposal to appoint a Green Marblehead Committee to guide the town in its carbon emissions reduction efforts.

  • Worked with MMLD on a proposal to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) which will help identify the best locations for in-town renewable energy projects to increase our energy independence.

  • Worked with MMLD on a grant proposal to the state to fund public electric vehicle charging stations.

  • Created a Tree Committee to address tree preservation issues.

  • Met with sustainability leaders from other Massachusetts communities to learn from their experiences.

Please join us!

Marblehead, Mass., USA