Sunday, May 26, 2024

020813fi-Carl-SciortinoGreen Cambridge and its Committee for Net Zero Buildings are touting the support of state Rep. Carl Sciortino, who is campaigning to replace U.S. Sen.-Elect Ed Markey in the 5th Congressional District special election coming Dec. 10.

The group said Sciortino signed the Connolly petition, a bid for zoning that would require large construction in Cambridge to have a net-zero impact in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, either by cutting energy use,  generating energy onsite or buying offsite renewable energy.

Sciortino’s endorsement:

I wholeheartedly support the proposal put forward by citizens and activists to require net-zero development for large-scale projects in Cambridge.

I applaud those who look for the proactive solutions to our climate crisis by proposing economical and sustainable ways to reduce the fossil fuels pollution in our atmosphere.

For nearly my whole life I have heard of protecting the climate for future generations, but due to decades of inaction, we are now forced to address the issues of climate change in our lifetime. It will take courageous and sensible proposals to make a fossil-free future a reality rather than a talking point.

Aa 34th Middlesex District representative, Sciortino works for parts of Medford and Somerville in the Massachusetts House. He is a Democrat.

The group has invited the business community to a meeting about the petition from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the boardroom of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, 1575 Cambridge St. Participants are asked to call (617) 981-6235 or post a comment to this page to request specific discussion points or agenda items.

There is also an Ordinance Committee hearing planned for 4 p.m. August 21 on the petition. The meeting takes place at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, and will be televised.