Looking to heat and cool your home with clean electricity instead of fossil fuels?  Check out the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center guide to air-source heat pumps. And watch this video to learn how three Brookline neighbors made thw switch.

Electric cars (or EVs) are a great value in the current market, but information about electric cars and home charging stations can be very technical. It’s time to look at buying an electric car and installing the charger based on cost and profit.  Learn more here.  This informative website was made with help from Brookline residents.

Are you concerned about climate change but don’t know what you can do to help? Watch this short video: https://youtu.be/-SMTuVw1rwY  The town-sponsored Brookline Green Electricity (BGE) program offers residents and businesses the opportunity to choose 100% renewable electricity from local clean energy sources including wind and solar power, billed directly through your monthly Eversource bill.

It’s quick and easy and its the simplest and most cost-effective action that you can take NOW to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the impacts of climate change. 

To choose 100% online, visit BrooklineGreen.com and click on “Enroll or Change”; you can also phone 800-931-6221 and leave a message.  Be sure to have your Eversource electric bill in hand. When you choose 100%, something as ordinary as paying your electric bill can have an extraordinary impact on the environment.

Watch this short video to find out how to opt up:  https://youtu.be/-SMTuVw1rwY   Have your electricity bill ready.

Brookline’s commercial sector represents 23% of Brookline’s carbon footprint.  If you're a  small business, non-profit or faith organization, the Climate Is Everybody's Business (CIEB) project has ideas for helping you to save energy and save money.  

The CIEB project was begun in 2019 and continues to work with Brookline's small businesses, faith organizations and nonprofits (all considered “commercial” entities by our town’s heating and electricity providers),   Changes made by the commercial sector can have a significant impact on reaching the town’s goal of zero emissions in Brookline by 2050 – visit CIEB's web site for ideas:  https://gogreen.brooklinechamber.com/ 

 

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The Select Board's Climate Action Committee (SBCAC) was established in 2015.  In 2018, the Planning Department and the SBCAC recommended an updated Climate Action Plan (CAP) for the Town made up of six strategies for both reducing climate-changing greenhouse emissions (mitigation) and preparing for climate-change impacts (adaptation).  This is a working document that will evolve frequently as Town departments, leaders, and the community collaborate on implementation.  To read more about Brookline's Climate Action Plan, click here.

The Select Board’s Climate Action Committee recommends planning to achieve zero emissions by 2050 (no reliance on fossil fuels) Town- and community-wide. Devising this roadmap, with targets for every five years, is a priority of the CAP.