Mayor Stephanie M. Burke announces a new collaboration between local environmentally oriented groups of residents and City Commissions and Committees, to lead sustainable City development in 2017 through the formation of the new Go Green Medford Coalition. Potential collaborators include the Medford Bicycle Committee, Walk Medford, the Community Garden Commission and Energy & Environment Committee, formerly the Medford Energy Committee.
Residents and representatives of groups interested in coordinating and collaborating on Medford sustainability topics and projects are encouraged to attend the next meeting of the Medford Energy & Environment Committee on Monday January 9th, at 6PM in Room 207, Medford City Hall.
In 2004 the City of Medford created the Clean Energy Committee, a committee comprised of residents to advance the development of municipally owned clean energy. The Committee took on the challenge of determining what, where and how to finance a municipal clean energy installation and thanks to the hard work of many residents, our Medford Wind Turbine was commissioned in 2009. In 2010, looking to the future, the committee was re-imagined into the broader Medford Energy Committee.
In conjunction with the Office of Energy & Environment, the Medford Energy Committee has taken on many projects over the past six years, including running Solarize Medford, which facilitated 48 residential and Tufts University installations of solar PV, the City’s annual Harvest Your Energy Festival and the annual Medford Green Awards.
“Our community has established a rich history of residents active in sustainability efforts,” said Mayor Stephanie M. Burke. “Medford consists of many committees and resident groups that focus on environmental sustainability and through the Go Green Medford Coalition we intend to coordinate activities and match residents with the organizations that closely meet their interests and expertise as well as collaboratively enhancing the sustainability of the City of Medford.”
We encourage those interested in giving back to the City to attend the meeting on January 9th, or to contact Alicia Hunt, Director of Energy & Environment to discuss their interest. As the collaboration develops information will be shared through the Go Green Medford website at http://gogreenmedford.org/
– Submitted by Mayor Burke’s office