Buildings & Energy

From electrifying and retrofitting our homes and businesses to increasing the renewable energy in our grid, we can decrease Watertown’s contributions to climate change while also promoting healthy, livable, and affordable neighborhoods.

Our Goals

  • By 2050, 100% of electricity is sourced from renewables.
  • By 2050, Watertown's buildings are efficient, resilient, and carbon neutral.
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What You Can Do

Ways to Save

From tips and utility sponsored rebates and incentives for energy saving measures, the Mass Save program covers everything from highly efficient appliances to deep energy retrofits to getting rid of an old refrigerator. Opt in or opt up in Watertown Electricity Choice to ensure the energy you do use is a clean as possible!

Mass Save offers many
Opt In and Opt Up in Watertown Electricity Choice
Learn about simple ways to save energy and save money

Transportation & Mobility

From enhancing electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure to offering more and safer ways to walk and bike, we can decrease Watertown’s contributions to climate change while also promoting public health and wellness and a more connected, vibrant community.

Our Goals

  • By 2050, non-vehicular transportation options are accessible, affordable, connected, and well-utilized throughout Watertown. 
  • By 2050, 100% of Watertown registered vehicles are electric. 
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What You Can Do

Transportation Resources

There are many transportation resources available to help residents and workers in Watertown reach their destinations in ways that are sustainable for the planet and promote a healthy and connected community.

The Watertown Healthy Transportation Newsletter has regular tips and resources for getting around
Explore the full network of Bluebikes destinations and how to use the system
Employers, workers and residents can find a range of resources to connect with carpools, transit benefits, and other services through the Watertown Transporation Management Association

Natural Resources

We have an opportunity to work with—not against—our natural systems to protect habitats, infrastructure, and public health, and it’s our responsibility to ensure that everyone in the Watertown community can access and enjoy these benefits.

Our Goal

  • By 2050, Watertown's natural assets and green space are enhanced, equitable distributed, and delivering full ecosystem benefits.
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What You Can Do

Add Your Own Green Infrastructure

Everyone can be a part of building a literally greener Watertown by investing in the green space that is right around their home. Planting in a bare place or taking care of the trees and other plants around you can improve your surroundings and that of your neighbors.

Beautify Your Streetscape
Support Teens for Trees
Get a Tree for your Planting Strip
Learn How to Plant a Tree in Your Yard

Community Greening Program

Through a new grant funded Equity-Based Community Greening Program, Watertown has identified specific neighborhoods that are more vulnerable to impacts of climate change, like flooding from extreme storms and urban heat, and designed solutions to make these areas safer, enjoyable, and more resilient for residents who live there.

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What You Can Do

Get Involved with the Project!

Invite Community Ambassadors to give presentations about the program to your group or organization!

Infrastructure & Waste Management

From reducing our resource consumption to ensuring that infrastructure is helping to mitigate and enhance resilience to climate change, Watertown aims to ensure the critical services and infrastructure that keep the city running remain reliable and efficient.

Our Goals

  • By 2050, Watertown has achieved a net zero waste community status.
  • By 2050, Watertown's infrastructure is well maintained and resilient to the impacts of climate change.
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What you Can Do

Resources for Infrastructure and Waste Management

While the Town is working to reduce our waste and increase our infrastructure's resilience, we need everyone playing their part to improve Watertown's performance.

Learn About Town Resources to Help Manage Waste
Start Recycling your Used Textiles


Watertown shares many of the housing challenges that we face as a region but we're working to make housing more affordable and sustainable for all.

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What You Can Do

Everyone Can Save

Regardless of whether you rent or own, there are things that anyone can do to save energy. Whether it's a landlord - tenant relationship or a condo association, everyone benefits when we improve our homes.

Learn about Mass Save Programs for Renters
Learn about State Programs for Housing and Energy Assistance
Explore models to break the split incentive problem.
The Resource Center has online tools, guides, and funding for sustainable rental housing

Public Health and Preparedness

As climate change threatens to impact our health and well-being, we have a responsibility to improve our climate change preparedness and response, as well as provide accessible resources for physical, mental, and emotional health.

Our Goal

  • By 2030, Watertown is a model for community resilience to climate change.
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What You Can Do

Public Health and Preparedness Resources

Take advantage of Watertown's many resources to help residents and businesses prepare for extreme weather events and improve health and well-being.

Sign up for emergency alerts to hear about severe weather or unexpected road closures
Participate in Live Well Watertown's active living and walking programs
Get local and healthy foods at your local farmers' market

Climate and Energy Plan

Watertown stands united to preserve and strengthen our unique neighborhoods and natural resources. With Resilient Watertown, our Climate & Energy plan, we are committed to equity, communication, and innovation while reducing our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and enabling all residents to thrive in the face of climate change.

Read the approved Final Plan 

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Resilient Watertown

Get Involved

The century ahead promises to challenge every one of us, but Watertown has proven time and again that we have what it takes to keep people safe, happy, and strong. Please join us in developing a Plan that meets all of Watertown’s needs, now and into the future.

Share Your Ideas
Talk to Family and Friends
Kids street hockey team with Police Department mentors