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Net Zero Advisory Council Public Forum
June 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
The Net Zero Advisory Council is hosting a public forum on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 7 PM in the Reed Multipurpose Room at Bedford Town Hall. The purpose of the forum is to discuss the Council’s proposal for achieving net zero building carbon emissions within the next three decades. The recommendations were developed by a diverse group of stakeholders from the commercial, residential and municipal sectors. The Council looks forward to sharing its recommendations with the public and obtaining feedback on the proposed initiatives. All are welcome.
At the November 2017 Special Town Meeting, Bedford secured funding to engage a consulting firm to support its goal of achieving an 80% reduction in building carbon emissions by 2050. The Town engaged Peregrine Energy Group, which conducted a town-wide energy inventory to determine baseline carbon emissions. The energy inventory revealed that non-residential buildings account for 76% of total building carbon emissions, while residential buildings account for 24% of total emissions. Additionally, building carbon emissions increased 13% from 2013 to 2016.
The Town established a Net Zero Advisory Council to develop a set of strategies for reducing carbon emissions in commercial, municipal and residential buildings. The Advisory Council consisted of a diverse group of stakeholders, including: commercial property owners and facility directors, contractors, realtors, architects, town board and committee members, municipal employees and residents. The Advisory Council divided into three working groups – commercial, municipal and residential – to develop strategies for improving building energy efficiency in accordance with the 2050 timeline. Advisory Council members met periodically over a six-month period to develop strategies for significantly reducing carbon emissions in Town.