Climate Action Plan

Global Climate Change is upon us and its effects are already apparent throughout the world. Our reliance on the finite natural resource - fossil fuels - has left a legacy of a fundamentally altered planet. The scope and magnitude of the potential changes to our environment present a clear danger to our way of life and continued economic development worldwide. Within a generation we may face changes that will cause great dislocation, strife and energy shortages as the world's economic development demands more energy.

It is within this context that we must decide how we, the City of Worcester, will contribute to addressing this challenge.

Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions is within our reach. We can reduce the pollution that causes global climate change by using currently available technologies that also enhance economic development. In our schools, homes, and places of work, we can implement energy efficiency measures, use more renewable energy, and increase waste reuse and recycling.

These measures are not in conflict with economic development; instead, they are the basis on which our future economic development and quality of life will rely. Our actions can be an example to others, inspiring responsible energy and resource consumption.

As cities around the world make similar commitments, we can collaborate with each other to slow global climate change, improve energy security and improve our economic competitiveness.

Please join us as we work toward a  more sustainable Worcester!


WE staff is in the process of working on the draft update to the Climate Action Plan, including an update to the Greenhouse Gas Emissions inventory.

CAP Implementation - Benefits

Credit: Erb Photography

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