Help Newton Tackle Climate Change

On-line questionnaire and roundtable discussion to gather local feedback

For Immediate Release: Friday, October 5, 2018

NEWTON – Are you interested in helping Newton address climate change? Join staff from the City and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) at an upcoming roundtable discussion on October 23, 2018, designed to gather citizen feedback and begin developing a Climate Action Plan for the City.

Community members can also submit their ideas through an online questionnaire until October 31, 2018. The online questionnaire, details on upcoming events, and information related to the project are all available on the City’s climate webpage,

Newton’s Climate Action Plan will establish community-wide climate mitigation goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and identify measures to achieve those goals, a pathway toward a sustainable, resilient, and healthy city.

“Working together, let’s build for tomorrow by making Newton a greener city today, where sustainability is our touchstone and renewable energy the order of the day,” said Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller.

Newton has invested in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and clean fuel vehicles and charging stations and is committed to increasing community-wide access to the benefits of clean energy through the Community Solar Share Initiative (CoSSi) and Newton Power Choice. The Climate Action Plan will build on these existing efforts and provide Newton with ambitious but achievable actions to reach its goals.

As an active member of the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition and the Climate Preparedness Task Force, the City of Newton, along with 14 other cities in the Metro Boston region, committed to take actions toward becoming net-zero as a region by 2050.

For any questions regarding the City’s climate action planning process or upcoming events, email For more information on MAPC, visit