Congratulations Belmont!
We're Making Great Strides to Reduce Carbon Emissions.

Belmont's commitment to reduce carbon emissions is impressive. Thanks to the very successful Electric Vehicle program, Belmont has one of the highest rates of electric car adoption in Massachusetts. With over 325 homes using solar power, Belmont has the most solarized homes in the state. Belmont Light is committed to use more electricity from carbon-free sources, and the town is planning  for energy-efficiency in new buildings. 


ELECTRIFY EVERYTHING TO REDUCE BELMONT'S CARBON EMISSIONS BY 80% BY 2050

Solarize your home

Drive electric cars

Use a heat pump to heat and cool your home

Support clean electricity

Roadmap to Reduce Carbon Emissions in Belmont

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Support Clean Electricity

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Be proactive about clean electricity. Express your support to Belmont Light for its use of electricity from carbon-free sources. 100% carbon-free electricity in Belmont by 2022 is feasible. 


Learn about Belmont Light's goals.

Install Solar Panels

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Over 325 Belmont homes have gone solar! Install solar panels in your home to generate your own renewable energy. Experts are available to guide you through the process. 


Learn more at Belmont Goes Solar

Drive an Electric Vehicle

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Switch to an Electric Vehicle to immediately reduce your carbon emissions. EVs using carbon-free electricity have NO carbon pollution.  


Learn more at Belmont Drives Electric

Use a Heat Pump for Home Heating

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Electrically-driven heat pumps provide high efficiency home heating and cooling. When powered by carbon-free electricity they allow for heating and cooling that is emissions-free, helping our residents save money, conserve energy and be more comfortable year-round.The town of Belmont has been selected to participate in the next round of HeatSmart Mass, the latest community clean energy initiative supported by the state and our town government and utility running until the end of 2019. 


Learn more at HeatSmart Belmont


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Chronology of Belmont’s Environmental Responsibility

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2001

A Working Vision for Belmont’s Future Adopted by Town Meeting(1) 

The vision includes: “We will manage traffic through and around town to ensure the tranquility of our neighborhoods and the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists; and, We will be an environmentally responsible community and conserve our natural habitats.”

2006

ESCO (Energy Services Agreement) implemented Energy Conservation Measures through 2014 (2) 

Verified savings for FY2014 were $266K, exceeding projection by $27.


Resources Savings Policy Statement approved (3)

Approved by the Belmont Board of Selectmen on 11/27/2006; Approved by the Belmont School Committee January 20074

2007

Belmont Light Residential Energy Conservation Survey (5) 

98% of respondents reported conservation of electricity and energy efficiency as “very important” or “somewhat important”

2008

70% of Belmont votes “YES” to State-wide Ballot Question 46,“Shall the representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that: (1) reduces greenhouse gas emissions in Massachusetts by 80% by 2020; and (2) phases out tax incentives for energy-intensive projects, while expanding job creation programs for locally-owned businesses and cooperatives involved in renewable energy, conservation, and sustainable agriculture?”

2009

Belmont completes Climate Action Plan (7) 

Carbon emissions reduction goal of 80% by 2050 is endorsed by Town Meeting and Belmont Board of Selectmen in approving Article 6, Climate Action Plan Resolution. 


Board of Selectmen Appoints Energy Committee (8) 

Goals of the Energy Committee including “1) maximizing efficiency within Town operations, purchasing decisions, construction of capital assets, and community planning, through appropriate recognition of energy conservation, 2) promoting efficiency for Town residents, businesses, and institutions, and 3) exploring possibilities for implementing renewable energy use within the Town.” 


Sustainable Belmont founded (9), “to enable Belmont to be an environmentally responsible community.” Originally formed as a task force of the Vision 21 Implementation Committee, Sustainable Belmont supports the Vision’s environmental goal.

2010

Town’s Comprehensive Plan 2010-2020 completed (10)

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2011

Belmont adopts Stretch Energy Code (11) Appendix 115 AA of the MA State Building Code (780 CMR)


Capital Projects, Wellington School (MA-CHPS certified) and Beech Street Center (LEED Silver certified) completed (12)

2014

Belmont becomes MA DOER's Green Community (13). 

Belmont commits to reducing energy consumption by 20% within 5 years from the 2013 baseline energy data year.

2015

Belmont Light Board approves solar-forward policy (14) to increase solar installations 


Financial Task Force Report (15) recommends avoiding “reactive budgeting” as it relates to the schools, citing energy conservation measures that proactively manage building maintenance and repairs. 


Belmont Light Receives Clean Energy and Innovation Award (16) 

Under MassCEC’s Catalyst program, Belmont develops EnerScore – an online tool that provides energy performance ratings for all homes using public records and building permit data. Grant funding will enable initial pilot testing with peer cities.

2016

Belmont becomes the most successful residential solarize campaign in MA, Belmont Goes Solar (17)

2017

Ongoing Energy Efficiency programs with Belmont Light and the Energy Committee yield target goals consistently ahead of schedule. Including: Residential Air-Source Heat Pump Grants, Residential oil to gas conversions, Energy Star appliance rebates.(18) 


Chenery Middle School eliminates Styrofoam trays from cafeteria, adopts food waste diversion system and works toward composting.(19) 


Ongoing Electric Vehicle campaign, Belmont Drives Electric, shows Belmont’s zip code has highest EV count in MA (20) 


Climate Action Plan, Updated (21)


Belmont High School Building Committee selects architect with Zero Net Energy expertise. (22)


Sustainability/green design ranked in the top three of nine priorities in the Belmont High School Building Committee (BHSBC) survey of 1,700 respondents (residents, students, faculty, and administration) (23)

2018

Belmont Light forges leadership in municipal light departments in the state in renewable, clean energy: new power supply policy adopted (including retiring renewable energy credits); new climate-centered General Manager Chris Roy, (24) (25) 


Board of Selectmen, as the Municipal Light Board, votes an increase to the capacity limit of renewable energy in the Belmont Light tariff.(26)


Belmont joins 81 other towns in voting for a plastic bag ban (27)


Board of Selectmen votes for new dockless bike share program (28)


Perkins & Will, Belmont High School Project Design Team’s design reaches energy levels that qualify it for Zero Net Energy status.(29) Geothermal system proves to be the most cost effective HVAC system, with the lowest Total Present Worth relative to conventional HVAC systems.(30)


76% of voters support new 7-12 school debt exclusion in landslide (31) Zero Net Energy is part of the design which will result in an overall net present savings of over $5M (32)


School Committee votes unanimously in favor of Class D Zero Net Energy (33)

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2019

Board of Selectmen votes unanimously in favor of the We Are Still In commitment joining proximal cities/towns Boston, Cambridge, Arlington, Lexington, Newton and Somerville (WeAreStillIn.com) (34)

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