Vision

Framingham has made essential steps to maintain our environment and begin to take climate action, but we must push further to decarbonize our energy and transportation; nurture our green spaces and water sources; and reduce waste to save taxpayer dollars and keep Framingham beautiful. We must continue to build a just transition to a Green Framingham by investing in our people and our environment, and cannot continue the mistakes of the past that polluted the south side and gave unequal access to nature.

Accomplishments: Laying the Groundwork for a Just Transition

In my First Term I:

  • Hired our first Sustainability coordinator, who generated $4.8 million in energy efficiency and resiliency programs for public buildings and small business incentives
  • Collaborated with the City Council to create our first Sustainability Committee
  • Brought in $490,000 in grants for climate vulnerability projects and installed a 1% surcharge property tax that is expected to generate a much-needed $1.5 million yearly through our Community Preservation act
  • Initiated solar panel installation on the McAuliffe Library and other municipal buildings to save revenue and reduce reliance on fossil fuels
  • Cleaned up the hazardous waste at the General Chemical site near Harmony Grove Elementary School
  • Laid groundwork for a microgrid, enabling essential buildings to generate power locally from geothermal and solar energy, reducing energy cost and increasing resiliency in the face of emergencies
  • Began the design and planning for a clean up and revitalization of Mary Dennison Park
  • Adding extra storm debris cleanup days

Goals: Public Transit, Clean Energy, and Reducing Pollution

  • Expanding and electrifying transit:
    • Electrify municipal fleet, school bus fleet, and public transit
    • Expand public transportation across our city, particularly in underserved communities
  • Build a strategic plan to make Framingham net zero and run on 100% renewable energy by 2035:
    • Using community aggregation will increase the percentage of our city’s energy that comes from renewable energy by negotiating with utility companies as a whole community
    • Build on our Sustainability Coordinator’s work to build local microgrids. Local microgrids enable us to generate power locally from geothermal and solar energy, reducing energy cost and increasing resiliency in the face of emergencies
  • Fight plastic and sewer/stormwater pollution:
    • Tackle pollution by increasing trash receptacles
    • Ban certain types of plastic as recommended by the Sustainability Committee
    • Mitigate sewer/stormwater pollution through state and federal grants
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