Cambridge Sustainability Compact Launches New Logo


Cambridge Compact Logo Design Competition winners and honorable mentions. Awards were handed out by Kathleen Granchelli, Draper (far left) and Steve Lanou, MIT (far right).



We are excited to announce the launch of the Cambridge Compact for a Sustainable
Future’s first ever logo! High school senior Lara Butera submitted the winning logo as part of a design competition with the Rindge School of Technical Arts’ Creative Design Program in October. For the competition, we asked students to create a professional logo that embodied a unique business-city government-academic collaboration and sustainability in Cambridge.

The selection committee chose the winning logo because it is unique, clean, and bold; gives the Compact a sense of identity; is legible; and has a logomark suitable for a variety of formats and uses. We are excited to use it as we implement our recently affirmed three-year work plan and with the go live of our new website. Kathleen Granchelli, Draper and Steve Lanou, MIT visited the students to announce the winners, hand out awards, and provide constructive feedback to awardee submissions (see photo above).


A special thank you to all the students who participated and our selection committee judges who reviewed almost 30 design submissions.

Selection Committee: Lee Gianetti, City of Cambridge; Holly Flesh, Village Industrial Power; Casey Hanson, Cambridge Compact for a Sustainable Future; Steve Lanou, MIT; Louis Liss, MIT; Jaclyn Olsen, Harvard; and Lisa Peterson, City of Cambridge.

Logo contest winners:

Lara Butera, Senior, First Place ($100 cash prize awarded)
Julian Warburton, Junior, Second Place ($50 cash prize awarded)
Bryanna Rodriguez, Junior, Third Place ($25 cash prize awarded)
Callum Griffith, Senior, Third Place ($25 cash prize awarded)
Tyrell Moore, Senior, Honorable Mention
Sasa Strejcek, Junior, Honorable Mention


Compact Discussed at World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities

The City of Cambridge spoke about the Compact during the third annual World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (WSSD-U). The three day event allowed participants to share ideas and innovative approaches to further universities’ sustainability efforts through work displays and presentations. This year the event took place September 14-16 on the campus of fellow Compact member MIT with the theme of “Designing Tomorrow’s Campus: Resiliency, Vulnerability, and Adaptation.” Collaborative community partnerships and engagement was one of five topics and where the City of Cambridge Director of Environmental and Transportation Planning, Susanne Rasmussen, highlighted the Compact’s framework, three-year work plan, and it’s unique business-city government-university partnership.

The full program of the WSSD-U can be seen here.

Compact Attends Envision America Midyear Check-In

In June we traveled to Austin, Texas for our Envision America 2016 midyear check-in! The weather was hot, the BBQ delicious, and the check-in a success. Cambridge, along with the other nine cities, spent the two days sharing progress on our smart city initiatives and the challenges we still face. Initiatives ranged from innovation labs to smart trees to smart transportation corridors and more. This check-in was a time for us to receive fresh outside perspectives and valuable feedback from other cities and Envision America’s partners.

Even though we may all have similar or different projects, we find value in conversing with each other because many challenges have transferrable solutions. It’s an idea similar to what Jeff Stepakoff wrote, “An apple tree is just like a person. In order to thrive, it needs companionship that’s similar to it in some ways, but quite different than others,” except applied to cities. We look forward to continuing conversations with our partners and future Envision America cities!

Envision America’s 2016 cities:

  • Cambridge, MA
  • Dallas, TX
  • Greenville, SC
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • New York City, NY
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Portland, OR
  • San Diego, CA
  • Spokane, WA