"...A true net-zero code would be a tremendous step forward in combating greenhouse gas emissions from buildings. A weak code would be a disaster. ...
Arlington has already taken the lead in advocating for a strong, net-zero code. Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine has assembled a group of 30 towns and cities to submit a letter to Secretary of Energy Kathleen Theoharides urging the adoption of a strong code and making clear that at a minimum it must allow for the clean heat (no fossil fuels) measures Town Meeting endorsed last year. Area Munis Signal Support of Net Zero Stretch Code | Town Manager News | Town of Arlington (arlingtonma.gov).
These municipalities include all our neighbors: Belmont, Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Winchester and Lexington. Building codes seem technical and a little boring, until you realize the enormous difference they make. ..." Read more.
Grant advances electrification of municipal fleet goal of Net Zero Action Plan.
The Department of Planning and Community Development and Arlington Public Schools are pleased to announce that the Town will receive $326,579 to replace two older diesel school buses with new model year 2022 battery electric school buses as part of a competitive grant program award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) State Diesel Emissions Reductions Act (DERA) grant program.
In addition to funding the two new school buses, the grant will finance the purchase and installation of two direct current charging stations for the buses.
Read the full release at arlingtonma.gov/planning
Nature's Solutions as National Policy
Meet Arlington residents and business owners who have taken steps to making their homes emit less carbon dioxide. With ample time to ask questions of these experienced and knowledgeable neighbors, learn how they have switched their heating, cooling, and cooking systems away from fossil fuels through new installations and assistance from various local organizations. Hear firsthand how an electrified home can become carbon free and stop emitting greenhouse gases when combined with opting for up to 100% renewable electricity. In many cases, the efficient systems and insulation solutions improve home comfort, can save money and, most importantly, help slow climate change.
Massachusetts’ gas pipe replacement program is no longer financially sound and is not meeting its goals.
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