Timeline of Accomplishments

2020

February: Carol Morse invites Lynn Cohen, Ellen Harde, Beth Morrison, Beth Perkins and Barbara Theriault to discuss starting a Climate Action group in Westford.

Westford Climate Action holds its first meeting, setting its mission as mobilizing residents and the town to take action on climate change.

March: Carole Oldham of Mass Climate Action Network does presentation to WCA at Fletcher Library on organizing a climate action group and advocating for increased renewable municipal energy aggregation contract.

Several WCA members contact Select Board members advocating increased renewables in municipal energy aggregation contract.

March-May:  Carol and Beth attend Energy Committee meetings and discuss assisting them on improved municipal energy contract with increased renewables.

April:  Mike Berlinski, Energy Committee chair, talks about his role at a WCA meeting and how WCA can support the committee.

WCA initiates email campaign to friends and neighbors, urging them to contact the Select Board in support of increased renewables in energy aggregation contract.

May:  Select Board unanimously approves increased-renewables municipal energy aggregation contract with opt-ups and an opt-down. More than one member cites the dozens of emails they’d received from residents supporting increased renewables.

May:  Town Planner Rebecca Cheney discusses her job in Westford at a WCA meeting.

June: WCA members participate in the town’s MVPP (Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program) workshops organized by Rebecca Cheney.

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.

July:  Melissa Joyce, Chelmsford’s Sustainability Manager, discusses her job at a WCA meeting.

August:  Paul Fox, Facilities Director, explains his job here in Westford.

WCA begins campaign to collect the 200 signatures needed on a petition to put a climate change resolution on the October Special Town Meeting warrant.

September: Beth and Carol submit petitions with 270 signatures – collected in just two weeks – 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” at a WCA meeting.

2021

January: More than 35 people attend WCA Open House for prospective members.

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.

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