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Metrowest Norms


  • Assume good will
  • When you have to disagree, express it with great courtesy and care
  • Respect others/golden rule [do unto others as you would have them do unto you]
  • We need humor for this work


  • “Step Up” if you tend to speak very little. “Step Back” if you tend to speak a lot.
  • One mouth. One mic. Silence cell phones. No side conversations.
  • Stay on topic. Add other issues to a ‘Bike rack’ for later.
  • Signal when context is required.
  • Keep in mind frontline communities.

Legislative Actions

Time critical actions:

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.

Click here for details.