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Mayor narkewicz municipal leaders and sustainability

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Presentation at the 2015 Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference

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Mayor narkewicz municipal leaders and sustainability

  1. 1. Municipal Leaders and Sustainability Mayor David J. Narkewicz City of Northampton
  2. 2. Northampton Sustainability Leadership #1 Commonwealth Capital
  3. 3. Northampton- 5-STAR Community Focus on ALL of Sustainability
  4. 4. Community Conversation 1st US LEED Gold KFC/Taco Bell Is this as good as it gets?
  5. 5. Built Environment • Mixed use compact development • No downtown parking requirements • Density, infill, brownfields • Urban design standards
  6. 6. Housing Affordability • No affordable housing loss • 12% of residential units affordable • Focus on downtown & transit affordable units • Infill with a mix of housing: some <1,250 ft
  7. 7. Transportation • Vision Zero approach • Multiuse trail network • Complete Streets policy • Zipcar • Transit
  8. 8. Climate and Energy • 20% reduction city energy • Energy concierge program • Micro-grid • Energy and Sustainability Commission • At all scales: Mandated street trees • Zoning incentives and requirements • Average home <50 HERs rating
  9. 9. Economy and Jobs • James House Adult Education • Living wage policy • Focused Economic Development Coordinator • Partnerships • Quality of lfe
  10. 10. Education, Arts & Community • Arts & Culture Department • Academy of Music • Arts grants • Culture projects • Historic preservation • Celebrate diversity
  11. 11. Equity and Empowerment • 12% affordable housing- CITY commitment • Environmental justice • Human rights commission • Youth Commission
  12. 12. Health and Safety • Active living– bike paths, recreation, exercise • Community collaborations • Healthy food- agriculture, community gardens • Focus on environmental justice • No-build in 500 year floodplain • Micro-grid for storm survival
  13. 13. Natural Systems • Parks and recreation for all neighborhoods • 0.5%/city year as conservation • Working lands • Wetlands regulations
  14. 14. Management • Endow open space • SREC funded revolving clean energy account • NorthamptonStat
  15. 15. NEXT • RFP Parking lot PV • Reuse Center • Climate Adaption • Extend bike paths • Full Vision Zero

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