The Cambridge Compact for a Sustainable Future – through the collaboration of its signatories and community expertise and application of research, innovation, entrepreneurship, and social enterprise – strives to create a more healthy, livable and sustainable Cambridge community by addressing global environmental challenges.
Coming off its exciting “start-up” phase, the Compact is now well positioned to dig deep into the critical sustainability challenges in Cambridge to help find solutions that are smart and scalable. The Compact has advanced many positive developments and accomplishments in the last year. The active engagement of our members has enabled us to:
- Create a governance structure, elect a Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and standing committees to guide the stewardship of the compact.
- Establish a framework to create and support working groups to leverage expertise of members. This includes our building energy working group which has highlighted and shared best practices and objectives among members.
- Provide strategic consultation and input as a unique and influential stakeholder group on several initiatives such as the Cambridge Building Energy Use Disclosure Ordinance, Net Zero Emissions Task Force, and Cambridge Climate Vulnerability Assessment.
- Hire a part-time staff member to advance the Compact exclusively and enhance our organization and ability to accomplish our goals and objects. We are very excited to welcome Casey Hanson aboard.
With foundational work now under our belt, we are excited about getting down to brass tacks on the issues most important to us. Looking forward towards the year ahead, we are focusing on several key priorities of the Compact:
- With the addition of a part-time staff member, we will be able to support Working Groups and committees to get the work they need done. Help with planning, scheduling, coordinating and implementing Working Group work will enable us to contribute more effectively. In the next year, the Compact is exploring to hire a program manager to continue strengthening the organization.
- We have recently launched a Climate Resiliency Working Group on the recommendation of the members to explore and propose new ways to understand and collaborate on preparing our community for adapting to impacts of climate change.
- The Programming Committee will be working with individual members and Working Groups to develop the next set of priorities and objectives for this next phase of our work. They will be assessing the current needs and priorities for the Working Groups and developing some tools to facilitate the best outcomes possible.
- The Communications Committee will be drawing together the story and progress of the Compact through our start-up phase to our recent contributions to key initiatives so that we can share this with our boarder community.
- The Programming Committee is also excited to explore the development of a strategic planning process to identify and highlight the most impactful actions and deliverables that would leverage the unique capabilities of our member organization and individuals.