Timeline of Accomplishments
January: Westford Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Christopher Chew. Conversation on sustainability and climate activities in the schools. Webinar open to public.
MIT/Haystack Scientists – Forum on climate research being done in polar regions. Open to public on Zoom. 100+ attendees.
April: Earth Month – Nature walks, kids workshops, climate talk for adults at J.V. Fletcher Library, neighborhood clean-ups.
Westford Climate Roadmap presentation on Zoom for residents.
Earth Day Festival on the Common: Musicians, Student art and projects, variety of speakers, Petting Zoo, Information tables on Solar, Heat Pumps, Recycling, Conservation, Water Dept., Town Boards, etc.
July: Promoting Clean Energy in our Buildings” with Jim Snyder-Grant, Acton Select Board.
Sustainability Coordinator, Susan Thomas, begins her job.
September: First benefit concert at Parish Center for the Arts – performed by Malvika Bhardwaj and Estella Cui.
January: WCA Open House – 35-40 attendees.
February: WCA members Michael Effiong, Erika Kohl, Beth Perkins, Tom Teller and Mark Tinknell are sworn in as new members of the town’s Clean Energy and Sustainability Committee.
MA Cultural Council grant for $1500 awarded for Earth Day Festival expenses.
May: Solar webinar. Mike Berlinski, Gerry DiBello, Paul Morse.
October: Heat Pump Webinar with Heat Smart Alliance, Neal Duffy of Green Communities, CEASC member Tom Teller and Resident Paul Morse. 90 attendees.
March: Supported MA Roadmap to Net Zero by 2050 passed by Gov. Baker
June: Town Meeting, rallied to defeat drive though restaurant to reduce carbon emissions on Rt 110.
February: Group of concerned citizens start Westford Climate Action.
First meeting: Members agree that mission is mobilizing residents and the town to take action on climate change.
March: Carole Oldham of Mass Climate Action Network does presentation at Fletcher Library on organizing a climate action group and advocating for increased renewable municipal energy aggregation contract.
WCA members contact Select Board advocating increased renewables in municipal energy aggregation contract.
May: Select Board unanimously approves increased-renewables municipal energy aggregation contract with opt-ups and an opt-down after sharing that they received dozens of emails.
June: State Rep. Jim Arciero and Rep. Joan Meschino make a presentation to WCA on the details of the Net Zero 2050 Roadmap legislation, what it contains and how we can help.
September: 270 signatures presented to SB to put climate resolution on Special Town Meeting warrant.
October: Special Town Meeting approves climate resolution overwhelmingly!
November: Select Board acts on resolution, voting to create a Net Zero committee and add a climate/sustainability goal to Town Manager’s list of goals for 2021.
December: Ken Pruitt, Arlington’s Energy Manager, talks about Arlington’s sustainability initiatives and “Getting to Net Zero.”
Select Board Chair Andrea Peraner-Sweet, WCA Members Lynn Cohen, Beth Perkins and Carol Morse. Picture taken by Town Manager Jodi Ross.
Rep. Joan Meschino and Rep. Jim Arciero
Carol Morse and Beth Perkins presenting climate resolution at Special Town Meeting