The Cambridge Compact Community Footprint
The Community Footprint is a bi-weekly briefing of relevant sustainability news, events and initiatives curated especially for Cambridge Compact members.
Sustainability News
Join the City of Cambridge and Eversource to launch their Cambridge Energy Retrofit program on October 25
This Friday, October 25 at Alexandria's Technology Square, the City of Cambridge and Eversource will be celebrating the launch of their joint program, the Cambridge Energy Retrofit Program. This program will provide building owners and managers with a consultant and resources to help them implement energy efficiency services in their building. Their goal is to make it easier for buildings to reduce their energy usage. Check out the press release for more information on the program and the launch event.

U.S. Green Building Council report highlights why zero energy buildings are a smart choice for Massachusetts
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released a report on the economic benefits of investing in zero energy buildings in Massachusetts. The report, titled Zero Energy Buildings in MA: Saving Money from the Start, demonstrates how, contrary to popular opinion, zero energy buildings can actually be built with little initial cost and return their investment in as little as a year. The report goes on to provide recommendations and illustrate the excellent invest opportunity that zero energy buildings present.

Statehouse hearings held on various bills to move state's transportation sector away from fossil fuels
Following on the heels of Governor Baker's defense of his $18B transportation bill, Massachusetts lawmakers held a hearing last week to discuss a series of bills that would accelerate and require the transition of the state's transportation sector to zero emissions. Bills included a push to electrify all of the state's buses and a requirement to reach zero-emission vehicles across the board by 2038.

Member Spotlight
Tour the first planned Net Zero Emissions school in MA on October 26
The City of Cambridge invites residents to the celebration and tour of the newly built King Open/Cambridge Street Upper Schools and Community Complex on Saturday, October 26. These new energy efficient schools and facilities were designed to be the first Net Zero Emissions school in Massachusetts, and will be upon the purchase of 100% green electricity.

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The Cambridge Compact for a Sustainable Future, a collaboration between local government, universities, and businesses, strives to create a more healthy, livable, and sustainable Cambridge community by addressing global environmental challenges. Founded in 2013 by the City of Cambridge, Harvard University, and MIT, membership has grown to include signatories from various sectors that work together to address local sustainability challenges and climate change impacts.
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