With the direction the federal government is taking on climate change, I want to make sure that you know that Melrose continues to work very hard on these issues. And we are not alone: We have joined the 13 other communities in the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition—Boston, Braintree, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Newton, Quincy, Revere, Somerville, and Winthrop—in signing on to the MMC’s Climate Mitigation Commitment. As I explained last year, we have already achieved many of the goals set forth in this document, thanks in large part to the hard work of Martha Grover and the Melrose Energy Commission.
“Melrose has done a great deal over the past five years to reduce our carbon footprint,” Martha says. “We have increased the energy efficiency of city buildings, installed LED streetlights, added electric vehicles to the city fleet, and installed solar energy panels on several rooftops, with plans for more. We do this because it both reduces fossil fuel use and saves us money, making the air cleaner, reducing our contribution to global warming, and making the city run more efficiently. The Melrose Energy Commission has just done a Greenhouse Gas Inventory of our city, with plans to further reduce our footprint as a community.”
I remain committed to tackling these issues and I encourage you to look at what we are doing, regardless of whatever direction the federal government takes. If you would like to get involved, please contact Martha at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Energy Commission always welcomes new members.