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Municipal Sustainability Checklist

We have created a municipal “sustainability checklist” [link to checklist folder] to help towns become more sustainable and to help organizers and advocates prioritize. Over the past year we surveyed 9 towns in the MetroWest Boston region.

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Moving into the future, we plan to survey more towns, by making contact with people in towns around us, and expanding our reach. People who want to participate are given suggested steps and assistance in determining how to get the information for their towns.

The checklist is meant to be a “fluid” document, and will be updated periodically. The checklist is a collection of items that we gathered from various sources, including other comprehensive sustainability checklists, like that from Mass Power Forward. These other lists are subsets focused on certain categories, like ending fossil fuels or food security, or land use planning. But the 350MA Municipal Checklist is intended to be a comprehensive “scorecard” to review a town’s progress toward total Triple Bottom Line sustainability.

We are developing a “Checklist Update” group who will reassign scores and add items. The original checklist items will stay, so that we can continue to use past survey results.

 

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Municipal Sustainability Checklist

We have created a municipal “sustainability checklist” that can help towns compare what they are doing with other towns, as well as get ideas and encourage collaboration. For residents, the checklist helps understand what towns are doing and not doing, as well as set priorities for local advocacy. For organizers, the checklist is an excellent tool to organize local groups around, and to build networks of people who care about sustainability.

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