Select Board's Sustainability & Climate Action Summit - Working Teams

(last updated: 9/11/2020)

The Select Board, Town departments, Brookline residents, business owners, employees, students, and organizations participated at the Select Board’s first Sustainability & Climate Action Summit on June 5, 2019.  We collaborated together to begin to harness the expertise, energy, and commitment that exist in Brookline to meet our 2050 zero-emissions climate commitment and other sustainability outcomes. The next Summit will likely be held following a Sustainability Program Administrator hire. Recommendations  adopted by the Select Board included creating working teams:

Transportation Working Team 

  • last meeting: July 2
  • next meeting: October 1, 7 pm, via zoom [link to provided closer to meeting]. Please email John Harris if you are interested in participating in this meeting and NOT listed as a working team member below.
  • recent work: successful passage of Warrant Article 31 at Fall 2019 Town Meeting; micromobility advocacy at state legislature
  • top priority tasks: improved future e-scooter share program, EV demonstration projects, "How-to" booklet for EV charging on private property, incentives/regulations for EV infrastructure on public and private property, potential Street Design pilots
  • additional identified tasks: advocating for budget requests as a result of WA31, re-introducing municipal-sponsored shared e-scooter program, supporting Transportation staff with commencing concept study for the Beacon Street Bridle Path
  • lead coordination contact: volunteer John Harris
  • other volunteer & employee* members: C. Scott Ananian, Scott Englander, Jules Milner-Brage, John Harris, Jan Preheim, Susan Helms-Daley, Jesse Gray, Todd Kirrane*, Dan Martin*, Maria Foster*, Willy Osborn, Anne Lusk, Eileen Berger, John Bowman, Linda Olson Pehlke, Susan Hems Daley, Blake Cady, Jan Preheim, Jacob Meunier, David Trevett, Heather Hamilton, Christi Electris, Bob Miller, Tommy Vitolo, Ben Kaufam, Lynne Karsten*, David Kroop
  • sign me up / take me off / I want to work collaboratively with others on...

Brookline Green Electricity Working Team

  • last meeting: August 4
  • next meeting: September 15, 1:00 pm via online meeting at https://brooklinema.zoomgov.com/s/1613439937?pwd=TWFhazVjc2IzYUxqWkdzTlZZeVpRdz09     Passcode: BGE9152020 Email Kara Brewton if interested in participating and are not a member already listed below
  • recent work: see recent update within March 2020 update to the Climate Action Committee & updated metrics; editing communication including assisting with new video about how to check if you have opted up and/or are part of the Town's aggregation program  
  • top priority tasks: directing all BGE questions to brooklinegreen.com; educating residents about the Opt-Up campaign (100% renewable energy)
  • additional identified tasks: analyzing trends of consumer preference to prioritize future education efforts about the Town’s BGE program
  • lead coordination contact: Kara Brewton*
  • other volunteer & employee* members: John Harris, Dawn Edell, Deane Coady, Daine Sokal, Joel Kershner, Suzette Abbott, David Klafter, Marga Dieter, Roslyn Feldberg, Linda Hickey*, Derick Yung*, Werner Lohe, Nancy Heller, Melissa Goff*, Mary Sabolsi, Susan Martin, Judi Bednarz, Blake Cody
  • sign me up / take me off / I want to work collaboratively with others on...

Renewable Energy Working Team

  • last meeting: January 7, 4 pm, Room 310
  • next meeting: public hearings regarding Power Purchase Agreements for municipal and school sites with Select Board & School Committee; Spring 2020 
  • recent work: Warrant Articles 12 & 13 approved at Fall 2019 Town Meeting 
  • top priority tasks: finalize contract language edits of Power Purchase Agreements 
  • lead coordination contact: Kara Brewton*
  • other volunteer & employee* members: Willy Osborn, Alan Lescohier, Scott Englander, Blake Cody, Dan Bennett*, David Lowe, Melissa Goff*, Justin Cassanova-Davis*, Charlie Simmons*, Dave Geanakakis*, Jeana Franconi*, John Buchheit*
  • sign me up / take me off / I want to work collaboratively with others on...

Green Space Working Team 

Public Buildings Working Team

  • next meeting: not scheduled yet; coordinating with Building Commission
  • top priority tasks: coordinating with Building Committees and Building Commission to adopt a public buildings policy and to pilot those policies on projects under design: Driscoll School, Runkle School, Pierce School
  • additional identified tasks: scoping energy efficiency studies for buildings with highest estimated energy use intensities
  • volunteer & employee* members: Grace Sokolow, Kathleen Scanlon, Lisa Cunningham, Werner Lohe, Deborah Rivers, John Harris, David Pearlman, Blake Cady, Rick Ames, Daria Mark, Cora Weissbourd, Kara Brewton*, Tony Guigli*, Ray Masak*, Charlie Simmons*, Dan Bennett*
  • sign me up / take me off / I want to work collaboratively with others on...

Non-Public Buildings Working Team

  • meeting: not scheduled yet; likely following Attorney General review of Warrant Article 21 (estimating Spring 2020)
  • recent work: Warrant Article 21 passed Fall 2019 Town Meeting vote
  • top priority tasks: assisting staff with general community education related to Warrant Article 21 until Attorney General approval
  • additional identified tasks: scoping implementation and local education about HEAT and similar financial incentive programs like PACE
  • lead coordination contact: volunteer Diane Sokal 
  • other volunteer & employee* members: Alan Leviton, Jesse Gray, Cora Weissbound, Kathleen Scanlon, Daria Mark, Diane Sokal, Lisa Cunningham, Dave Damm-Luhr, Inge Damm-Luhr, John Harris, C. Scott Ananian, Mary Dewart, Jason Jewhurst, Dave Porter, Christi Electris, Blake Cady, Rick Ames, Deborah Rivers, Aban Makarechian, Werner Lohe, Kara Brewton*, David Klafter, Cora Weissbourd 
  • sign me up / take me off / I want to work collaboratively with others on...

Communication & Education Working Team (includes branding & messaging)

  • next meeting: not scheduled
  • top priority tasks: none
  • additional identified tasks: logo contest 
  • volunteer & employee* members: David Lowe, John Harris, Margot Dieter, Diane Sokal, Ruthann Dobek*, Jeremy Block*, Karen Bergland, Meredith Mooney*, John Harris, Deane Cody, Roz Feldberg, Ross Feldberg, Eileen Berger, Nancy Mukundan, Joel Kershner, Joan Miller, Werner Lohe, Hinda Blum, Brett Otis, Eileen Berger, Feng Yang*, Leigh Jackson*, Sara Slymon*, Karyn Wergland, Diane Sokal, Joan Miller, Marga Dieter, Patricia Maher, Anne Sudduth, Susan Martin, Jeremy Bloch, Christi Electris, Roger Grande, Mary Minot, Sue Zobel, Rebecca Salguero Palacios, Kathryn Leslie, Michael Spicher
  • sign me up / take me off / I want to work collaboratively with others on...

Composting Working Team - on hold until Sustainability Program Administrator hired (Summer 2020)

  • next meeting: not scheduled; see Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) for continued discussion. Next SWAC mtg: Feb 25th , 6:30 pm, Library of Public Health Building, 11 Pierce St.
  • recent work: assisting Department of Public Works & Public Schools of Brookline to commence formal composting program at all K-8 public schools by September 2020
  • additional identified tasks: educating residents about available composting vendors operating in Brookline 
  • volunteer & employee* members: Deane Coady, Tamara Sitkoff, Nicola Thompson, Matt Gillis*, Edward Gilbert*

Sustainable Food/ Zero Waste Working Team - on hold until Sustainability Program Administrator hired (Summer 2020)


Archive:  Materials from the June 5, 2019 Summit

Working team areas identified following Summit

Prepared prior to Summit -
Brainstorm Ideas List
Created at the Summit -
Detailed Initiatives
(view all initiatives as one file, or view individual categories below)
BuildingsBuildings Initiatives
TransportationTransportation Initiatives
Green Space-Natural Resources-Water-BiodiversityGreen Space-Natural Resources-Water-Biodiversity Initiatives
Zero WasteZero Waste Initiatives
Education-Wellbeing-CultureEducation-Wellbeing-Culture Initiatives
Data-CommunicationsData-Communications Initiatives
Administration-Town OperationsAdministration-Town Operations Initiatives

Staff Current Climate Activities  |  Summit Agenda