Energy Task Force
Worcester Energy Program
C/O Division of Planning & Regulatory Services
City Hall Room 404
455 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608
Phone: (508) 799-1400 Ext. 5
Worcester, the GREEN heart of the Commonwealth!
In fulfillment of the City of Worcester's commitments as a participant in the Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) campaign, thirteen members were appointed to Worcester's Energy Task Force in February of 2006. The Task Force (ETF) consists of leaders representing local businesses, environmental organizations, municipal government, residents and utility companies. As the members' places of work, residence or other commitments have changed over time, the composition of the ETF has changed as well.
The mission of the Energy Task Force was to create a step-by-step plan to reduce energy consumption, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase the use of clean, renewable energy in a cost effective manner in the City of Worcester.
Climage Action Plan and Implementation
Between February 2006 and September 2006, fourteen meetings were held by the Task Force and its three sub-committees - Transportation, Energy Efficiency, and Renewable Energy. The result of these meeting was a draft Climate Action Plan, prepared by Carissa Williams, consultant to the Regional Environmental Council and Coordinator of the Task Force. ETF members provided direction, data, decision making and review of the document. The City's first Climate Action Plan was completed in December 2006 and adopted by the City Council in August 2007.
The City has accomplished a great deal since the adoption of the Climate Action Plan, including ongoing implementation of multiple phases of a Municipal Energy Savings Project (such as a comprehensive energy conservation and building modernization program, solar photovoltaic and street and garage lighting retrofit projects), achieving a prestigious Green Community Designation and launching a Worcester Energy Program. Learn more about the City of Worcester Sustainability Accomplishments.
Looking ahead, staff has started the process of developing a draft amendment to the 2007 Climate Action Plan. The Energy Task Force will resume its meetings in 2016 to provide input and advice on this next chapter in the City's Climate Action planning and implementation activities.
In 2011, the City launched the Worcester Energy program with the following goals:
- To lead by example and improve the energy efficiency of municipal operations;
- To communicate the City's efforts related to energy efficiency, conservation and sustainability; and
- To provide resources and information in order to encourage residents, businesses and institutions to take action to reduce their energy use and carbon footprint.
Please visit www.worcesterenergy.org for information about City’s sustainability accomplishment, a copy of the Climate Action Plan, information about community and sustainability, resources for the community and more!