Health & Environment Committee

Committee referrals and meeting schedule 2020/2021 council term.

Upcoming Meetings

Past Meetings

Wednesday July 14, 2pm: Water Supply

The Health & Environment Committee will meet to discuss the future of the city’s water supply and strategies for improving water quality while keeping costs down.

Wednesday June 9, 11am: Zero Waste

The Health and Environment Committee met to discuss the city’s progress on our Zero Waste Plan, and relevant items referred to committee, including eliminating single use plastics.

Specific topics we covered: Single use plastics (CMA 2021 #58), textile recycling (CMA 2021 #59), issuing standardized trash barrels (CMA 2021 #56), the organic waste pickup program and the bring your own bag ordinance.

May 25, 2021, 3:00 PM: Building Energy on NZAP 5 year review and BEUDO

The Health and Environment committee met to discuss proposed amendments to the Building Energy Use Disclosure Ordinance (BEUDO) that would drive down energy use and emissions in existing buildings in Cambridge and receive an update on the Net Zero Action Plan 5-Year Review process and recommendations.

The committee passed the following Policy Order to be discussed and voted on by the full City Council at an upcoming meeting:

The City Manager be and hereby is requested to work with the Community Development Department (CDD) and the Law Department to present 1) strategies for all buildings, not just the largest ones, while continuing to keep equity in mind, and 2) draft BEUDO amendment language, to a meeting of the Health & Environment Committee for review and consideration no later than September 23, 2021, such language to include emissions reductions targets that match or exceed the Commonwealth’s emissions reductions targets.

April 14, 2021 10:00 AM – Meeting on the city’s COVID-19 response and lessons learned

November 10, 2020 10:00 AM – Meeting to continue discussing amending the Tree Protection Ordinance based on the findings of the Urban Forest Master Plan Task Force

October 13, 2020 3:00 PM – Meeting to discuss amending the Tree Protection Ordinance based on the findings of the Urban Forest Master Plan Task Force

August 11, 2020 2:30 PM – Meeting to discuss the Net Zero Action Plan FY20 progress report and to receive a general update on the plan including the upcoming 5-year review process: CMA 2020 #47 – FY2019 Getting to Net Zero Action Plan progress report referred to committee at the February 24, 2020 City Council meeting

January 22, 2020 2:30 PM – Meeting to discuss the recommendation from the Urban Forest Master Plan Taskforce and outline potential amendment to the Tree Protection Ordinance, including an extension of the current moratorium