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By supporting a network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, the City can help facilitate the switch from vehicles that run on gasoline, to vehicles that run on electricity. As our electricity supply becomes cleaner, so do the electric vehicles.
Municipal energy use measures the energy used by the government to heat schools and City-owned facilities, light the streets, pump water, drive trash trucks to pick up waste.
Our energy use and energy supply is unsustainable, and causes climate change and environmental degradation. Innovations that allow us to use energy more efficiently, switch to cleaner, renewable fuel sources that can be stored will drastically improve the sustainability of our energy systems.
Building owners in Cambridge now must report the amount of energy their larger buildings use each year. This takes what historically has been an invisible building performance metric and makes it visible.
When all of us that live and work in Cambridge use energy in our homes, offices, and vehicles, and when we create and dispose of waste and wastewater, it produces greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).
Bike facilities include bike lanes, paths, racks, and other infrastructure that supports the use of bicycles as a mode of travel.
Bluebikes is Metro-Boston’s bikeshare system, with more than 3,500 bikes at over 300 stations throughout Cambridge, Boston, Brookline, Somerville, and Everett.
Much of the waste generated in Cambridge households can be diverted from the waste stream, and instead by recycled or composted.
Climate change has a significant impact on how cities operate and plan for the future. With an increase in the number and severity of extreme weather events, it is essential that local governments are prepared and actively taking action to reduce their contribution to and the impact of a changing climate.
Clean, renewable energy, like the publicly and privately-owned solar panels throughout Cambridge, generates pollution-free electricity.
Cambridge Sustainability Dashboard
Community Development Department, Environment & Transportation Division
Community Development Department
Cambridge, MA 02139
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