Sustainable Arlington

An Envision Arlington committee & a Mass. Climate Action Network (MCAN) chapter

Arl.Net.0.Action.Plan.2021

  Net Zero Landing Page

This page will provide a central place for announcements, articles, resources and events related to the Town of Arlington's efforts to get to NET ZERO.</

What is Net Zero? How do we get there?

The Concept:

Net Zero Concepts and Definitions, https://www.epa.gov/water-research/net-zero-concepts-and-definitions

Net-zero by 2050: What does it mean? https://www.dw.com/en/net-zero-by-2050-what-does-it-mean/a-48958487

World Resources Institute:  What Does "Net-Zero Emissions" Mean? 6 Common Questions, Answered, https://www.wri.org/blog/2019/09/what-does-net-zero-emissions-mean-6-common-questions-answered

Written in time for COP26: "... 'net-zero' is different from zero emissions, and this nebulous term can obscure a lot of important differences in how countries and companies actually plan to limit their contributions to climate change."  https://www.vox.com/22737140/un-cop26-climate-change-net-zero-emissions-carbon-offsets. 10.29.21.

And right after COP26: Net Zero/Not Zero, by Gavin Schimidt, a climate modeler, working for NASA and with Columbia University, https://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2021/11/net-zero-not-zero/

"Net-zero CO2 has real geophysical significance. ... even though net-zero is not zero it is still geophysically meaningful and a useful concept for the general public to understand because it underlies the important conclusion that future CO2-driven warming is driven by future CO2 emissions."      

 

Implementing it:

Arlington's Net Zero Action Plan., Feb. 2021How our whole town can reach net zero.

https://www.arlingtonma.gov/home/showpublisheddocument?id=55139

 

"What is a Building Code?" Mothers Out Front Massachusetts,  May 29, 2021. 

https://www.mothersoutfront.org/news/chca-ma-building-code/

A valuable overview, including the connection between building codes and climate change, explanation of stretch energy codes, and additional resources for learning more.

 

Town net-zero plan discussed on video April 2021

ACMI's James Milan interviews Arlington Planning Director and Town Energy Manager

https://www.yourarlington.com/arlington-archives/town-school/environment/18745-zero-042721.html  

 

A Pocket Guide to All-Electric Retrofits of Single Family Homes.

file:///C:/Users/Owner/Downloads/Pocket%20Guide%20to%20Home%20Electrification%20Retrofits.pdf

How to talk about climate change so people actually care

https://www.ted.com/talks/john_marshall_how_to_talk_about_climate_change_so_people_actually_care [7.4 min. TED talk on how to connect with your audience so they get it in personal terms and see the urgent need to act]

 

More background reading:

World Green Building Council:  

https://www.worldgbc.org/advancing-net-zero/what-net-zero

Net-Zero Energy Residential Test Facility,https://www.nist.gov/el/net-zero-energy-residential-test-facility

Project Drawdownhttps://drawdown.org/

"'Drawdown'— the point in the future when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline, thereby stopping catastrophic climate change..."

Net Zero Buildingshttps://drawdown.org/solutions/net-zero-buildings