What the Town Is Doing

For years, the Town of Natick has led the Metro West communities by example in pursuit of our net zero goal.

In 2019, in collaboration with the City of Melrose, the Town of Arlington, and the Metropolitan Regional Planning Agency, Natick received funding from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs to support the actions recommended by Town Meeting in our Net Zero Action Plan.

In 2020, Natick published its first community-wide GHG emissions inventory using 2017 as a baseline, and conducted a public engagement process to inform a Net Zero Action Plan. Reports and presentations related to this process are provided below.

  1. 2018 Town Meeting Non-binding Resolution to Achieve Net Zero
  2. Natick GHG Inventory Methodology Technical Documentation
  3. Net Zero Planning Process
  4. Final Natick Net Zero Action Plan 2021-2025

At present, the Town is prioritizing municipal actions listed in the Action Plan such as:

  • transitioning municipal electricity to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2030
  • adopting net zero standards for new public buildings and major renovations
  • adopting zero emission standards for the municipal vehicle fleet

Click below to read more about the three major ways our municipality invests in decarbonizing its energy use: energy efficiency and reduction, renewable energy, and clean and efficient transportation.