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2015 MASSACHUSETTS GREEN
CAREER CONFERENCE
MARLBOROUGH, MA
OCTOBER 1, 2015
Town of Dedham
Environmental Department
Overview
 Background and Career Path
 Overview of Municipal Sustainability Field
 Networks
 Sustainability in Dedham
Municipal Sustainability Field
 Sustainability Coordinators a growing career option
 Titles and job descriptions vary
 More common in bigger cities vs. Towns
 Budgets and staff size vary based on population
Current Trends and Strategies
Goal: reduce vulnerability to impacts of climate change
Initiatives
Sustainability
 2009 Leading by Example Award recipient
 Awarded $500,000 for solar installation
 Awarded $150,000 through the Energy Efficiency
Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program
 Designated in 2010 a Green Community by DOER
 EV Charging Station installed in Dedham Sq.
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Virginia LeClair GCC 2015

  • 1. 2015 MASSACHUSETTS GREEN CAREER CONFERENCE MARLBOROUGH, MA OCTOBER 1, 2015 Town of Dedham Environmental Department
  • 2. Overview  Background and Career Path  Overview of Municipal Sustainability Field  Networks  Sustainability in Dedham
  • 3. Municipal Sustainability Field  Sustainability Coordinators a growing career option  Titles and job descriptions vary  More common in bigger cities vs. Towns  Budgets and staff size vary based on population
  • 4. Current Trends and Strategies Goal: reduce vulnerability to impacts of climate change
  • 6. Sustainability  2009 Leading by Example Award recipient  Awarded $500,000 for solar installation  Awarded $150,000 through the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program  Designated in 2010 a Green Community by DOER  EV Charging Station installed in Dedham Sq.
  • 7. Recycling  Implemented in November 2009, Single Stream Recycling & Automated Trash Collection  Awarded in 2010 the Mass Recycles Small Municipal Recycling Award  Bi-Annual Community Recycling Event  Public Space Recycling  School Recycling & Compost
  • 8. Dedham Trails  Dedham Water Trail  Awarded $35,251 in funding from the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Recreational Trails grant program to create the Dedham Water Trail.  First Water Trail in MA  2014 received National Recreation Trail Designation
  • 9. Dedham Trails  Dedham Trails  Created in 2014 connector trail that links the Dolan Recreation Center with Whitcomb Woods, NewBridge on the Charles and Wilson Mountain trail network  Dedham Trails Day and 5K Trail Run
  • 10. Green City Growers  Partnership with Green City Grower’s horticultural professionals  Participants learn when to plant, how to maintain, fertilize and harvest crops  Program inspired other raised beds throughout Town
  • 11. Mill Pond Park  Restored abandoned parcel of land into public park  Removed invasive species  Created access to Mother Brook
  • 12. Transportation Improvements  Created the Dedham/Westwood Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan  Dedham Heritage Rail Trail – 1.5 miles from Dedham Sq to Boston  Over 60+ trails in Massachusetts  Opportunity for public art, commuter access to Boston, safe routes to schools, recreation and health benefits Before After Whole Foods Cleanup Graffiti
  • 13. Thank You! Virginia LeClair Environmental Coordinator vleclair@dedham-ma.gov 781-751-9210 www.dedham-ma.gov/environment Like us on Facebook at Green Dedham & Dedham Trails