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    Somerville to roll out climate action plan

    A new comprehensive climate action plan developed by Somerville will be formally presented to the public on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

    Created over the past 18 months with input from 75 residents, city staff, and technical experts, Somerville Climate Forward prioritizes 13 action areas intended to advance Somerville’s progress toward its goal of being a carbon neutral and climate resilient city.

    It spells out short- and medium-term strategies to reduce Somerville’s contribution to climate change and to prepare the city for the impacts of climate change, including increased risks from extreme heat and flooding.


    “Now more than ever, we need bold local solutions and transformational change that are only possible through collective action,” Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone said in a statement. “This plan alone will not prevent global climate change, but if cities around the world take bold action to transform into carbon neutral and resilient cities, we can create a better future for all.”

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    Wednesday’s event, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Greentown Labs, 444 Somerville Ave., will feature several local speakers and a Climate Forward video.

    In addition to learning about the plan, attendees can hear about meaningful action they can take to support the city’s climate goals, and information about cutting edge clean energy technologies being developed in Somerville at Greentown Labs, an incubator for clean technology startups.

    After the official launch event, the plan and video will be available at

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