Dedham Joins International Effort to Drive Climate and Energy Solutions
Dedham, Mass. – June 13, 2018 – Dedham’s local sustainability initiatives now have an international partner. Today the Town of Dedham joins the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, an international coalition of mayors and city officials who pledge to take local action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enhance resilience to climate change, and transparently track their progress in meeting established goals.
“The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy reinforces Dedham’s commitment to our people, businesses and environment,” said Jim Kern, Dedham’s Town Manager. “Through the Global Covenant, we are strengthening our pledge to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions, track progress, and enhance Dedham’s climate resilience. With consistent, public reporting of our city’s climate data, we will show how our actions, along with the actions of fellow cities around the world, can mitigate both the causes and the problems resulting from our increasingly changing climate.”
State of Massachusetts Recognizes Dedham’s Sustainability Efforts
Dedham’s commitment to the environment was recently recognized by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker through his administration’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program. Eighty two communities across the Commonwealth will receive funds to address climate change vulnerability and develop resiliency plans. MVP provides technical support, climate change data and planning tools to identify hazards and develop strategies to improve resilience.
Civic-Academic Partnerships Continue to Benefit Dedham
For the second year, Dedham’s Environmental Department is partnering with the University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute Fellows Program to provide recent college graduates with experience working in local government while helping towns address environmental issues. Dedham’s 2018 summer Fellow, Amber Vaillancourt, is a recent graduate of the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources.
“Amber will update and expand the town’s greenhouse gas inventory, draft its Climate Action Plan, and help fulfill requirements for the Covenant of Mayors,” said Virginia LeClair, Dedham’s Environmental Coordinator. “Amber’s work in Dedham will serve as a foundation for her pursuit of a Master’s in city planning focused on resiliency, climate change mitigation and adaptation.”
In addition to the fellowship program, earlier this spring Dedham’s Environmental Department worked with students from Olin College, Babson College and Wellesley College as part of their Capstone Course on Sustainability. The students analyzed traffic emissions to help quantify our community’s air quality. The students performed traffic counts and recorded particulate matter with an AirBeam sensor, a wearable air monitor that maps and graphs pollution exposure.
“We will continue to support initiatives to make Dedham a city where people want to live, where businesses want to invest, and where jobs will grow,” said Kern. Joining the coalition of cities committed to the Global Covenant of Mayors demonstrates how actions at the local level cultivate a strong global impact and help implement climate goals set by the Paris Agreement. “The role of local communities is more important than ever in helping lead and accelerate progress on the Paris Agreement. As we improve the quality and livability of Dedham, we’re proud to help build a climate-resilient and sustainable world for our generation and all those to come.”