Climate Action

Worcester Climate Action Plan - Final Report (9.4MB); Executive Summary (467KB). Adopted in 2007

Energy efficiency, sustainability, and greenhouse gas emission reduction efforts yield numerous benefits to the City such as:

Saving Money: Using fuels and electricity more efficiently can lower operating costs and utility bills. The potential for financial savings is enormous for all sectors of the community, particularly those with limited incomes.

Improved Public Health and Livability: The burning of fossil fuels emits harmful air pollutants that can exacerbate health problems. Reducing their usage through improved efficiency and increase in the use of alternative energy will also reduce health issues associated with inhaling air pollutants. Encouraging walking and bicycling will cut transportation energy consumption, and improve public health and fitness. Planting trees cools ground summer temperatures and produces social benefits as well.

Economic Vitality: Increasing the use of renewable energy facilitates innovation, creates jobs, and over time makes emerging technologies more cost effective. With increased energy efficiency yielding financial benefits to builders and investors, the number of companies specializing in these fields in Worcester and throughout Massachusetts is increasing.

Improved Energy Security: Petroleum and petroleum-based products are a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing petroleum use makes us less vulnerable to supply disruptions. This issue will be of utmost importance over the next few years as energy use in Asia and throughout the world increases.Credit: Erb Photography