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Sustainability & Resilience

John W. Odell, Chief Sustainability Officer

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The City of Worcester has a Green Worcester Plan, a roadmap for making Worcester the greenest mid-size city in the country! The Department of Sustainability & Resilience works to implements many of its goals via new policies, projects and initiatives, while encouraging action at the community level as well.

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Programs & Initiatives

Worcester Lake with Beach and Pathway Preserving Lakes & Ponds
We envision a Worcester where all of our waterways are clean and healthy, safe for their designated recreational uses and accessible to all residents. The Lakes and Ponds Program's mission since 2016 is to monitor and manage our waterways for environmental threats, to protect their recreational value and preserve ecological services.

Powerlines and Transformers During Sunset Growing Green Worcester's ElectriCITY!
We launched a group electricity purchasing program in 2020, which offers its residents and businesses price stability and greater control over the environmental characteristics of their electricity supply. In the first year of the Program, 69 million pounds of carbon dioxide were avoided because of additional green electricity added to their supply - all while saving participants approximately $500,000 as compared to the National Grid's basic service rates!

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.

Man Standing Next to Solar Panel Increasing Renewable Energy Production
We have 20+ solar projects on Worcester Public Schools, the City's former landfill and other locations, totaling over 13 Megawatts of Solar Capacity. Green Worcester Plan's goal is for all City entities to use 100% clean and affordable energy by 2045. We plan to get there by using 100% renewable energy for municipal facilities, providing 100% residential renewable electricity city-wide through the Green Worcester ElectriCITY program and using 100% renewable energy for residences and businesses, including for building heating and transportation.

Saving on Energy Bills Due to Energy Efficiency Work
We have spent $80 million on energy efficiency work in 90+ municipal buildings since 2009, saving $14 million and Reducing Harmful Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 43%!

Urban Rain Garden Sign at the Worcester Senior Center Building Resilience to Floods, Extreme Heat and Winter Storms
We developed a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Assessment and Action Plan in 2019, and completed a raingarden project at the Senior Center to infiltrate water and reduce the heat island effect in a heavily urbanized area. And we are currently working to develop a detailed city-wide extreme heat map that will help us target resilience solutions where they are needed most.

Electric Vehicle at Charging Station Electrifying Vehicles
We are electrifying our municipal fleet (which currently contributes 16% of the municipal carbon emissions) and building new electric vehicle charging stations in municipal parking garages and lots. As vehicles in the municipal fleet go out of service, our goal is to replace them, when possible, with electric vehicles to reach an all-renewable fleet by 2030.

Bike Lane Markings on Street Expanding Safe Streets for Pedestrian & Cyclists
We are working with other departments on developing long range transportation plans and short term priority projects that will make Worcester a more walkable, sustainable and accessible place to live in!

Municipal Solar Projects at Work!

*From the 19 municipal solar projects since 2011, and more being built now. Learn More!

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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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