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
New report finds New England states not on track to meet ambitious 2050 clean energy goals
A recent study released by the Brattle Group reports that New England is unlikely to meet its 2050 climate goals if it doesn't increase it's development and deployment of renewable energy. In order to meet the demand of electricity, which is expected to double by 2050, the six states would need to increase renewable deployment by four to eight times annually. The report states there is still time to meet goals, but would require a large portfolio of clean energy options.

Governor Baker and transportation officials defend proposed $18b transportation bill to legislators
This week Governor Baker testified before the the Joint Committee on Transportation on his $18 billion bond bill aimed at revitalizing and improving the state's transportation systems. The bill focuses on major areas of concern such as roadway congestion, infrastructure such as roads and bridges and transportation climate goals with a heavy focus on the MBTA improvements. Baker was joined by Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack and MBTA General manager Steve Poftak.

World's first LEED-certified community recognized in Washington, D.C
A business improvement district in Washington, DC built in 1998 has been recognized as the first LEED-certified community in the world. The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District received the highest level of LEED certification, Platinum, after achieving the maximum score in three of the categories of the rating system: energy, water and waste. But they received high scores in other categories, and have made significant efforts in areas of homeless outreach, community events, public art and place-making.

Member Spotlight
Google releases their 2019 Environmental Report
Google has released it's 2019 Environmental Report. The report highlights how Google has not only maintained carbon neutrality for over ten years, but has also offset 100 percent of their electricity use with renewable energy. Google's endeavors include efficient data centers, purchasing carbon-free energy and building LEED-certified office space.

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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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