Cambridge City Manager Announces Members Net Zero Task Force

City Manager Agenda Item 18,
December 16, 2013 Cambridge City Council

To the Honorable, the City Council:

The following members are being appointed to the Net Zero Task Force which is charged with advancing the goal of setting Cambridge on the trajectory to becoming a “net zero community”.

Mike Connolly, Resident and Net Zero Petitioner
Henrietta Davis, Resident
Barun Singh, Resident
Andrea Love, Resident
Julie Newman, University/Climate Compact – MIT Sustainability Office
Heather Henriksen, University/Climate Compact – Harvard University Sustainability Office
Tom Sieniewicz, Cambridge Planning Board
Joseph Maguire, Business/Property Owner/Developer – Alexandria Real Estate
Bill Kane, Business/Property Owner/Developer – BioMed Realty
Caitriona Cooke, Subject Matter Expert – Housing energy efficiency
Paul Lyons, Subject Matter Expert – Solar energy
Michael Davis, Subject Matter Expert – Boston Society of Architects
Marc Hoffman, Subject Matter Expert – Energy economist and policy expert
Jane Carbone, Subject Matter Expert – Affordable housing energy efficiency
Shawn Hesse, Subject Matter Expert – LEED and Living Building challenge architect

The Task Force will examine strategies and develop recommendations that address the following topics:

reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the built environment
improve energy efficiency and conservation in existing and new buildings
support renewable energy generation
best practices to engage/educate users and influence occupant behavior

The Task Force will develop actionable recommendations that are comprehensive, practical, and implementable and at the same time bold in their vision.  Their work should continue to advance Cambridge’s leadership as a regional and national model for addressing environmental issues. Staff from the Community Development Department will coordinate the work of the task force and a variety of city staff will contribute to the work of the group. It is also expected that additional subject matter experts will participate at various stages in the process.

It is our goal that the task force and consultant will to finalize recommendations by the end of calendar year 2014.

Very truly yours,
Richard C. Rossi
City Manager
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