Sustainable Arlington

An Envision Arlington committee & a Mass. Climate Action Network (MCAN) chapter


  Net Zero Landing Page

This page will provide a central place for announcements, articles, resources and events related to the Town of Arlington's efforts to get to NET ZERO.</

What is Net Zero? How do we get there?

The Concept:

Net Zero Concepts and Definitions,

Net-zero by 2050: What does it mean?

World Resources Institute:  What Does "Net-Zero Emissions" Mean? 6 Common Questions, Answered,

Written in time for COP26: "... 'net-zero' is different from zero emissions, and this nebulous term can obscure a lot of important differences in how countries and companies actually plan to limit their contributions to climate change." 10.29.21.

And right after COP26: Net Zero/Not Zero, by Gavin Schimidt, a climate modeler, working for NASA and with Columbia University,

"Net-zero CO2 has real geophysical significance. ... even though net-zero is not zero it is still geophysically meaningful and a useful concept for the general public to understand because it underlies the important conclusion that future CO2-driven warming is driven by future CO2 emissions."      


Implementing it:

Arlington's Net Zero Action Plan., Feb. 2021How our whole town can reach net zero.


"What is a Building Code?" Mothers Out Front Massachusetts,  May 29, 2021.

A valuable overview, including the connection between building codes and climate change, explanation of stretch energy codes, and additional resources for learning more.


Town net-zero plan discussed on video April 2021

ACMI's James Milan interviews Arlington Planning Director and Town Energy Manager  


A Pocket Guide to All-Electric Retrofits of Single Family Homes.


How to talk about climate change so people actually care [7.4 min. TED talk on how to connect with your audience so they get it in personal terms and see the urgent need to act]


Getting off fossil fuels:

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More background reading:

World Green Building Council:

Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility,

Project Drawdown

"'Drawdown'— the point in the future when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline, thereby stopping catastrophic climate change..."

Net Zero Buildings