Climate Action Planning

Climate Mitigation Goals

The Town of Concord has ambitious goals to mitigate our impact on climate change by reducing our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These goals were approved at the 2017 Annual Town Meeting and align Concord with the goals set in the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act and the Paris Climate Accord.
  • By 2020 - 25% reduction in town-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from 2008
  • 100% carbon-free electricity source by 2030
  • By 2050 - 80% reduction in town-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from 2008

Concord Sustainability Principles

In 2011, Concord Select Board approved four sustainability principles to guide the town's decision-making toward creating a more sustainable Concord. These principles were adopted from the American Planning Association and The Natural Step for Communities: How Cities and Towns Can Change to Sustainable Practices by Sarah James.
  • Reduce dependence on fossil fuels, underground metals, and minerals
  • Reduce dependence upon synthetic chemicals and other manufactured substances
  • Reduce encroachment on nature
  • Meet human needs fairly and efficiently
Fun Facts about Sustainability in Concord