Climate Action Plan
Welcome to the Climate Action Plan (CAP) page! Here you can find regular updates on the CAP process.
Building on the overwhelming support for the Climate Emergency Declaration witnessed at the Special Town Meeting on September 8, 2020, the Town kicked off the CAP process in June 2021. The process is divided into two phases described below.
Phase I: June 2021 - December 2021
In collaboration with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the CAP Blueprint strategies were developed with input collected through a survey and across eight virtual public workshops, one in-person open house, two advisory group meetings, a staff meeting with division heads, an Acton-Boxborough High school student-led workshop, a renter-focus group, a comment period, and interviews with over 20 staff members, members of boards and committees, and various organizations across Town.
Phase I of the CAP process is complete and the Blueprint can be found here. This was adopted as a living document at the Select Board meeting on December 20, 2021, that we will continue to build on during Phase II of the Climate Action Plan process.
Phase II: January 2022 - May 2022
Phase II will take place in the winter and spring of 2022. The Town received funding from the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program to hire experts to conduct technical analysis on the draft strategies to project potential GHG reductions, costs, and benefits of each strategy. Community engagement will continue to play a key role during this phase and will eventually lead to a CAP that will help prioritize the Blueprint strategies and guide the Town on a path to its net zero by 2030 goal. The final CAP will include 15 to 20 strategies for the Town to prioritize for the next 5-10 years to curb community-wide greenhouse gas emissions (including recommendations for buildings, energy supply, mobility/transportation, and nature-based solutions).
CAP Blueprint is Here! Together with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the Sustainability Office presented the report to the Select Board on December 20th. The Blueprint contains a list of strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in...