Sustainability

NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES: BEYOND RECYCLING

If you’d like to learn more about the three Zero Waste Caucus bills you can click here. The National League of Cities focuses on how local action can inspire change. This year, on National Recycling Day, they released their new report titled Beyond Recycling: Policy to Achieve Circular Waste Management, which you can find here.

MAPC’s Climate Resilient Land Use Strategies

MAPC urges you to visit their climate resilient land use website. This vast new resource has the tools your community needs to combat the growing impact of rainstorms, sea level rise, heat, and drought.

It features regulatory language from MAPC municipalities and beyond, background information, and resources – on floodplain and wetlands restrictions, tree protection and water conservation, design standards, and zoning incentives. New information is being added all the time. Visit their website here!

Massachusetts highways

Federal Transportation Policy Table Update

The House passed the INVEST Act on July 1st that makes significant investments in transportation infrastructure over the next five years.

The $715 billion bill proposes spending on surface transportation as well as drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. A complete detailing of the allocation of funds can be seen here. For further updates and information on this matter, visit Transportation of Massachusetts’ (T4MA) website.

A summary of the funding is as follows:

Roads, Bridges, and Safety: $343 billion

Transit: $109 billion

Passenger and Freight Rail: $95 billion

Drinking Water Infrastructure & Assistance: $117 billion

Wastewater Infrastructure: $51.25 billion

Your Company’s Next Leader on Climate Is…The CFO

Harvard Business Review – If your chief financial officer is the last person you would think of to take charge on climate change, think again. Today, smart organizations are shifting their sustainability responsibilities toward the finance function.

There are several reasons for this change. First is the basic math, which falls largely within a CFO’s purview. Mitigating and adapting to climate change will require close to $1 trillion in investments per year through 2030 for the economy as a whole, and is also expected to put at risk between $4.2 trillion and $43 trillion of tradable stock exchange assets by the end of the century, depending on the level of planetary warming. Read More…