The council’s procedural move effectively precludes the City of Cambridge from considering any climate protection action in the petition through zoning amendments for the next two years. Now, even the most popular ideas would be at risk of a legal challenge if implemented.
We’ve been disrespectful of nature for too long, and an assessment this year will surely show even further tree loss. That’s why at the next council meeting I will introduce three orders designed to protect our canopy while we wait for a tree task force to complete its work.
While I am thrilled MIT is committed to following the city’s the 2015 Net Zero Action Plan, it is an empty promise – construction will almost certainly start before the date the plan requires buildings to be net zero. But MIT can still set a real environmental example.