Lion's Head Panorama facing Wildcat by Reid Gilman

Lion's Head Panorama facing Wildcat by Reid Gilman

Waltham is currently pursuing Green Community status thanks to the encouragement of WECAN. I support this initiative, as we are already funding this program through our taxes, and look forward to the outcome of this effort.

Energy Efficiency

One possible use for the Green Community funds is to make our older public buildings more energy-efficient. In addition to making Waltham more sustainable, investments in modern insulation, heating, and cooling systems would reduce our energy costs for years to come, saving money from the city budget. 

Responsible Water Use

Current at-large city councillor Randy LeBlanc has proposed using part of the Green Community funds to install water-saving fixtures in the bathrooms at public buildings. This is another great way to reduce the city's bills and increase sustainability. 

 Mt. Washington Wildflowers, by Reid Gilman

Mt. Washington Wildflowers, by Reid Gilman

Reusable Bags

I propose implementing a 5 cent fee on all non-reusable bags in Waltham, similar to Cambridge, where a 10 cent fee has resulted in an over 50% reduction in their use (1, 2). I hope we can shift a majority of bag use to reusable grocery bags, eliminating waste and conserving resources.

Plastic Water bottles

I would also pursue a plastic water bottle ban similar to that in Concord, MA (1). To compensate for the loss of convenient water availability, the city should install water bottle filling fountains as part of the ongoing public park refurbishments, and encourage local businesses to fill reusable water bottles for customers (2, 3).