Goal: Climate & Energy

image The region is a leader in climate change mitigation, having exceeded the state goal of a 25% reduction in CO2emissions by 2020 through a combination of energy conservation and efficiency and renewable energy generation.  The region works to continually reduce its carbon footprint and is constantly innovating and adapting, with a focus on triple bottom line benefits.  Energy conscientiousness is the norm rather than the exception.  The region has successfully balanced environmental protection and energy development to accommodate both local and global needs over the short and long-terms.  Emission reduction investment has helped leverage economic development through increased demand for related goods and services, a commitment to buying local, a reduction in energy expenditures by businesses (and resulting export of dollars from the region) and a responsive workforce and economic development system.  Innovation capital has allowed local students and businesses to join the energy- and efficiency-related tech sector.  Homes and businesses enjoy the cost and climate savings that come from using less and cleaner energy.  Growth patterns, practices, and infrastructure round out these investments - helping support reduced transportation-related emissions while also adapting the region to anticipated impacts brought on by climate change.

We are working as a region to:

    • Create welcoming communities that view difference as enhacing the whole
    • Design and retrofit neighborhoods of all types to enhance opportunities for activity and interaction
    • Offer homes that support the health and wellness of those who live there
    • Grow a violence-free community that does not tolerate domestic and other types of violence inside or outside them home
    • Support healthy aging in place
    • Grow a healthier region by working together to combat common health challenges
    • Increase the supply of affordable housing across the county, both for low income and moderate income households, in a manner that relies on each municipality doing their fair share and maximizes access to opportunity for lower income households
    • Build disaster-resilient communities
    • Improve opportunity scores in communities, prioritizing investment into those currently providing most of the subsidized and market rate affordable housing in the region
    • Reduce housing and financial instability in the region
    • Reduce the amount of waste reaching dumps and landfills
    • Reduce residential energy adn water consumprtion
    • Reduce environmental impacts of residential development


Green Communities
BRTA Ridership
CO2 Emissions


Coming Soon