On Earth Day, Winchester commits to net zero greenhouse gas emissions (Winchester Wicked Local 4/23/19)
In recent years Winchester has ramped up its efforts in combating climate change, and this Earth Day the town made another important commitment. In a unanimous vote, Winchester Select Board adopted an ambitious goal: “Winchester will strive toward net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with a commitment to reach at least an 80 percent reduction below the 2006 baseline emission level of GHG emissions by 2050; and interim goals of 40 percent reduction by 2030 and 60 percent reduction by 2040,” said the statement adopted by the Board.
“This is a terrific endorsement by the Board to move Winchester toward greater climate-resiliency,” said Ruth Trimarchi, the chair of the Climate Action Advisory Committee, a group that put forth the suggested statement.
But to help achieve the goal, Winchester needs a Climate Action Plan, a road map for getting to its goal. Town Manager Lisa Wong formed a new Climate Action Plan Committee to update the town’s Climate Action Plan from 2011. The plan is slated to be completed in November 2019, around the projected release date of the town’s Master Plan in February 2020. Between the Climate Action Committee and the Climate Action Advisory Committee, there are 15 people dedicated to working on climate change in Winchester. (read more)
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