Cambridge Mayor Aiming For Zero Carbon Footprint

March 24, 2010 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment


Last Monday night, Craig introduced a notice of motion which will put Cambridge on the path to a greener future. “What I want to do is try to reduce the city’s carbon footprint to zero,” he said yesterday. “I hope to do this in three phases.”

Should council approve his plan, the first step would be to strike a task force to determine how energy use can be reduced in city buildings. The second step would have a task force examine how energy can be reduced across the rest of the city. The third step would implement task force recommendations starting in 2012.

Cambridge has been building a reputation for being a “green” community. One of the cornerstones was the creation of the new city hall, the first in Canada to be built to Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard. Cambridge is updating all of its arenas with green energy-saving roofs.

The Bishop Street public works building is being overhauled to reduce energy consumption. Solar panels will be added to provide electricity to power the building. Craig said another of the projects the city will be looking at would be the expansion of hybrid vehicles within the city’s fleet. “I think there is a lot more we could be doing, but before we move forward we have to carefully consider the alternatives.”



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