Weston is Taking Bold Action in the Face of Climate Change
Weston and the surrounding region are facing a future with more environmental and health disasters spurred by climate change.
Extreme heat, drought conditions, intense storms, and flooding may lead to infrastructure damage, power outages, loss of biodiversity, higher risk of illness and disease, and compromised air and water quality. The COVID-19 public health crisis has laid bare many of the vulnerabilities our communities face, vulnerabilities that will be exacerbated by the types of impacts we expect to see from climate change. We know that climate change poses threats to economy, our infrastructure, public health, and our social fabric.
As we face these threats, it’s clear that our Town needs to take bold action, both to reduce our contributions to climate change as well as to prepare our community for the impacts we know are coming. That bold action is encompassed in Weston Ahead. This Climate Action and Resilience Plan examines our greatest vulnerabilities, considers how we are contributing to the changing climate, and plots a course toward a more sustainable future.
Weston Ahead: Climate Action & Resilience Plan
After a year of work, community input and public feedback, Weston's first Climate Action and Resilience Plan is complete.
Weston's Climate Goals
The goals and actions that make up the plan have been strategically designed to align with state goals and the current climate science. Weston Ahead sets the following overarching climate goals:
- 100% - renewable energy for municipal operations by 2023
- 50% - reduction in GHG emissions by 2035 in the residential and commercial sectors
- ZERO - net carbon emissions by 2050
Climate Action and Resilience Plan Dashboard
There are five areas in the Weston Ahead plan that have been identified that will help enhance Weston's resilience. Each topic defines the goals, what you can do to help move Weston Ahead, as well as metrics in measuring our success in achieving net zero.
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Climate Action Toolkit
The slightest change in daily habits can help reduce household greenhouse gas emissions and increase your resilience in the face of climate change. Learn how you can save money, reduce water consumption, reuse natural resources, and so much more in the Climate Action Toolkit for Homeowners (PDF) that will help you move Weston Ahead.Link to page
Climate Hazards and Response
The Town of Weston has already experienced the impacts of a changing climate to a certain degree and we can expect to face increased impacts into the future. Learn more about the identified hazards, the trends and projections, as well as how the Town plans to respond.Link to page
The Town invites all members of the community to help move Weston Ahead.Link to page
Weston's Sustainability Coordinator will provide tips and information on how residents can reduce their carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions to help move Weston Ahead.Link to page