Climate Solutions: Meeting the Challenge - Getting to Net Zero; Learning From Cambridge

On February 2nd, Concord Climate Action Network (CAN) is hosting "Climate Solutions:  Meeting the Challenge" Speaker Series

More information is available on Concord CAN's calendar page available here:

And please find the summary of the event from Concord CAN below as well.


The next event in the “Climate Solutions: Meeting the Challenge” Speaker Series is “Getting to Net Zero: Learning from Cambridge”, featuring Henrietta Davis, a former Mayor of Cambridge, and Quinton Zondervan, the President of Green Cambridge. The purpose of this event is to educate the community about Net Zero: what it is, why it is a solution to climate change, why it is an urgent course to take now, and what action other communities are taking to implement it. We know that a Town Meeting Warrant Article related to Net Zero is being filed.

“Net zero” implies achieving a carbon footprint which, in effect, adds no new carbon emissions to the atmosphere because any emissions from within the municipality are offset by an equivalent amount of carbon that is sequestered or offset by measures designed to reduce emissions. This is an ambitious goal, but reflects clear awareness that anything less than net zero is fueling a climate crisis that is rapidly escalating to levels that are disastrous for the whole planet. To achieve the goal, a rapid transition from fossil fuels to alternative energies is mandatory.

The City of Cambridge has recently adopted a net zero plan for achieving carbon neutrality. Our two speakers on February 2 will educate us about how that plan was formulated by the city and how it will be implemented.

Henrietta Davis is a former Mayor of Cambridge who has served the city for over two decades in various official capacities and has focused on creating a healthy and livable city, concentrating on energy and the environment. She is now a member of the city’s Net Zero Task Force a municipal advisory committee developing a long-term plan to reduce carbon emissions.

Quinton Zondervan is an environmental and political activist and businessman, who currently serves as President of Green Cambridge, a non-profit corporation dedicated to improving the environment and enhancing Cambridge's sustainability, including combating climate change. He was one of the leaders pushing for a Net Zero Emissions initiative in 2013, and served on a year-long Net Zero Task Force working on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings in the city to zero as quickly as possible. Stay tuned to this website and the Concord Journal for further information; and save the date!

On the evening of February 2 the doors at First Parish will open at 7 for light refreshments and networking. The program will begin at 7:30 PM.

The “Climate Solutions: Meeting the Challenge” Speaker Series is an informal coalition of local organizations that have come together due to their common belief that solving the climate crisis is the most important challenge of our times and critical for the survival of all life on this planet. This coalition has recently expanded from six organizations to eight, including: ConcordCAN!, the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle, First Parish in Concord, Mothers out Front, Musketaquid Arts and Environment, Trinitarian Congregational Church, Trinity Episcopal Church, and West Concord Union Church.



February 02, 2016 at 7:00pm - 9pm


First Parish in Concord - Parish Hall
20 Lexington Rd
Concord, MA 01742
United States
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