Sustainability in the Garden City
As residents of Newton it is our responsibility to meet the social and economic needs of those in our community. In fulfilling our responsibility, we must certainly consider our environment and the future of it. I want to make sure that Newton remains a clean and beautiful city for each of us, for our children and for our neighbors. Newton has plans in place for increasing sustainability and as Councilor-At-Large I promise to further those efforts to achieve a sustainable city.
I have concrete plans to have Newton 50% Green by 2020 by using changes in the state's Renewable Energy Policy, community aggregation and community solar. I will also champion the conversion of city vehicles to electric vehicles. Let's go green and save taxpayer dollars, too.
- Energy audits for homes on the market. Require all sellers to complete a free home energy audit on their home through MassSave, which will be handed over to the buyer at closing, or within 30 days after closing.
- Taking advantage of changes in renewable energy regulations in Massachusetts. Improvements in regulations will make it possible for Newton to provide power to those struggling in our city, like seniors, at a discounted rate. This will decrease the cost of living in our city and reduce our carbon footprint.
- Implement Green Energy programs like community aggregation and community solar to ensure that our city's power is coming from renewable sources.