Responding to Climate Change
On recycling, the city needs to increase public awareness. Given that the marketplace is much more sensitive to what is in the waste stream, we need to re-educate our residents on what can be recycled. Just as important, we need to reinforce the principle of reduce, reuse, recycle. Several Facebook pages are available to assist in this effort, and the Melrose Recycling Committee has provided tremendous leadership in this effort. With the city spending almost half-a-million dollars just to dispose of its trash, reducing our trash output is good for the environment and the city’s bottom line.
To aid in reducing our waste and increase our environmental efforts, my administration will examine the opportunity to pilot a curbside composting program.
There are several GreenWorks bills before the legislature to make millions of dollars available to cities and towns for local initiatives on climate change and resiliency. Because of the groundwork already done by the city, Melrose is well-situated to take advantage of these additional opportunities. As mayor, I will leverage my relationships in state government to make sure Melrose takes full advantage of these new programs and grants so we can put our ideas into action
The number of electrical vehicles owned by Melrose residents doubles annually. We can facilitate this growth by encouraging public EV charging in a variety of locations and helping local businesses and multi-unit property owners take advantage of the many EV charging station grants available today.