Climate Activists Want Mayor Spicer To Create Framingham Energy Task Force

FRAMINGHAM – Members of a Climate Action Team at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Framingham, which include the chair of the Framingham Conservation Commission, want Mayor Spicer to create a Framingham Energy Task Force.

A letter from the First Parish Climate Action team was submitted to Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer yesterday, April 18, requesting the creation of the task force.

And at last night’s Communoty Conversation on Sustainability Conservation Chair Robert Bois spoke about the need for an “internal energy task force” for the City of Framingham a well as an external energy task force.

The City of Framingham, through the Mayor and the City Council must set the tone for the community on becoming greenier and saving money.

The Climate action group suggested the makeup of the task force as follows:  The City’s new Sustainability Manager/Energy Coordinator
 School Department – Facilities Director and Financial Director
 City Facilities Director
 Mayor’s office designee
 City Council designee
 DPW Director and/or Vehicle/Equipment Division
 CFO/Procurement Officer(s)
 Stakeholders with experience in the field

Why create a task force?

“So that first and foremost, the Town (now City) could save money. This aspect of Green Communities and Sustainability is often lost in the message
about the importance of measuring energy use, in order to manage it fficiently. Many people do not understand that what is good for the environment, is good for the bottom line of a municipality. This point should be emphasized to those with the power to affect our City’s policies,” wrote the group to Mayor Spicer.

In 2016, the Climate Action Team requested the Framingham Board of Selectmen adopt 5 recommendations by the climate activists at First Parish.

“Three years later, they are still relevant and some are still needed,” wrote Larry Decker, Chair of First Parish Climate Action Team.

Those recommendation were:

• Selectman (now MAYOR and CITY COUNCIL) must set the tone: promote both saving money & getting greener
• Create an Energy Task Force
• Empower a “Champion” for the Energy/Green Communities Program
• Develop a strong relationship with Eversource for incentive programs
• Network with other communities and state entities that promote energy

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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