Wayland has finalized a communitywide strategy to fight climate change locally and better protect the town from its impacts.
The Select Board recently approved a Climate Action Mobilization Plan outlining ways Wayland can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from town buildings, residences, and local businesses by at least 50 percent by 2030.
The actions range from encouraging residents to install energy-efficient heat pumps to heat and cool their homes, to having the town develop a program to help residents purchase more green power. The plan also ensures all new or substantial renovation municipal building projects meet high energy-efficiency standards.
The plan was developed by a committee appointed in response to a climate emergency resolution adopted overwhelmingly at the 2021 Annual Town Meeting.
“We understand the challenging task ahead of us,” said Acting Town Manager Stephen Crane, “but we are committed to providing the resources and leadership necessary to make this happen. It’s the right thing to do for the planet and the taxpayer.”
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