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Sustainability & Resilience

John W. Odell, Chief Sustainability Officer

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The Department of Sustainability & Resilience, comprised of former Energy & Asset Management and the Public Works Blue Space Division personnel, works to implement the ambitious and urgent goals and actions of the Green Worcester Sustainability and Resilience Strategic Plan (GWP), a roadmap for making Worcester the greenest mid-size city in the country.

The long-term goal of this department is to be the most sustainable and climate-resilient mid-sized city in America by 2050.

To accomplish this goal, it would mean:

  • 21st century Worcester will be sustainable, resilient, green, livable, prosperous and equitable.
  • Government, residents, businesses and institutions will work together in shared stewardship and mutualcare of our city and our planet.
  • We will use our resources efficiently and wisely for minimal impact on our environment, while integrating sustainability and resilience into all policies.
  • Powered 100% by clean and affordable energy, we will be physically, socially and economically resilient to the impacts of climate change.
  • Our commitment to sustainability and resilience will benefit everyone who lives, works and studies in Worcester.

Municipal Energy Use Reduction

Over the last 10+ years, Worcester has led by example by significantly improving the energy efficiency and dramatically increasing renewable energy production of its municipal facilities.

A number of the City's sustainability efforts, including legislative and policy initiatives, led to Worcester's designation as one of the first "Green Communities" in the State. Worcester was one of 35 Massachusetts municipalities to be designated a Green Community in 2010.

Worcester committed to reducing its municipal energy use by 20% from the FY2009 baseline. The City is making progress towards this goal primarily via its Energy Savings Performance Contract as shown on the accompanying chart.

Total Energy Use Change: 7.1% Reduction from FY09 - FY19

Visit www.WorcesterEnergy.org to learn more

Programs & Initiatives

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Electrical Municipal Aggregation
The City of Worcester has developed a group electricity purchasing program called Worcester Community Choice Aggregation, which launched in February 2020 and offers its residents and businesses greater control over the price and environmental characteristics of their electricity supply.

The Current Energy Mix Disclosure Label is prepared and periodically updated by Worcester Community Choice Aggregation electricity supplier. It provides detail on the energy mix (i.e. fuels used to produce electricity as well as percentage and type of renewable energy) for all program options.
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Green Worcester Plan
Help make our city a green and sustainability leader by participating in the Green Worcester Plan!
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Resilient Worcester
The City of Worcester completed a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) assessment and action plan in the summer of 2019, which provided a path to make the City and the community more resilient to extreme weather events, especially those exacerbated by climate change. The City is currently working on upgrading the parking lot at the Senior Center by using nature-based approach to infiltrate water and reduce the heat island effect.

Contact Information

Sustainability & Resilience
City Hall Room 108
455 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608

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Phone: 508-799-8325
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Office Hours:
By Appointment: Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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