The City of Somerville is working hard to reduce its carbon footprint, which Bill has supported. These efforts include making it easier and safer to walk, bike, or ride the T and connecting residents with low-cost and no-cost opportunities to increase energy efficiency in their homes; helping homeowners go solar. The City’s Office of Sustainability and Environment is also leading a climate change planning process called Somerville Climate Forward to identify actionable, short- and medium-term solutions to both reduce our GHG emissions and respond to anticipated climate change impacts. Together, we can help slow climate change and build a healthy, safe, and thriving Somerville.
During his service in office, Bill has consistently worked hard to promote a safe and healthy environment with an emphasis on sustainability. Bill supported the polystyrene ban and the City’s adoption of single stream recycling to increase recycling in the City. Bill supported the proposed ordinance to ban plastic bag bans in the City of Somerville. Back in 2002, he supported Somerville Climate Action and voted for the creation of the Commission on Energy Use and Climate Change as an advisory body to the City of Somerville. Since its formation, Somerville Climate Action has been fighting global warming by helping Somerville residents, businesses, and the municipality to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. It promotes energy-conservation, energy-efficiency and the adoption of renewable sources of power through education, advocacy, and coalition building.
Bill also has fought for public transportation in Somerville to reduce emissions in our City. That is why Bill had urged the City to sue the State if the Green Line was delayed any further. The Green Line Extension is owed to the City as a result of impact of automobile emissions on City residents. Somerville residents breathe in more commuter-generated emissions per capita than any other city in the state and a study has shown that Somerville’s death rates due to lung cancer and coronary heart disease are higher than state average, even though the rate of smoking in Somerville is low. From 1989 – 2003, Somerville had almost 300 more lung cancer and heart attack deaths than would be expected given statewide rates.