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 Starts Strategic Planning Process

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.

Recent Accomplishments

 In the last year, the active engagement of our members resulted in many positive developments and accomplishments that 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.

Upcoming Plans

With foundational work now under our belt, we are excited to get down to brass tacks on the issues most important to us. Looking at 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 and plan, schedule, coordinate, and implement activities more effectively.
  • We will continue exploring the option of hiring a program manager to enhance the organization.


  • The Climate Resiliency Working Group, recently launched by recommendation from our members, will explore and propose new ways to understand and collaborate on climate change preparedness and adaptation for our community.
  • The Programming Committee will be developing a strategic planning process to identify and highlight the most impactful actions and deliverables that would leverage the unique capabilities of our member organizations.
  • The Communications Committee will be drawing together the Compact’s story and progress from our start-up phase to our recent contributions to key initiatives to share with our broader community.