Bedford Mothers Out Front sets Goals for 2020

February 1, 2020

Submitted by Bedford Mothers Out Front

Bedford Mothers Out Front has selected its 2020 goals: Transportation, Bedford Net Zero, and Food Waste.

These goals address real problems here in Bedford and their resolution will improve our quality of life and ensure a livable climate for our children.  We are aware that meaningful action can entail financial and social costs, so, as we move toward an equitable transition away from fossil fuels, we are committed to, including social and economic equity and inclusion.

Over 25 people attended the Bedford Mothers Out Front Winter Social last month where the local goals were discussed.

Transportation ~ Contact person: Janet Powers

This is a new initiative for the Bedford Team, so our goal for 2020 is to educate ourselves about current initiatives and policies that affect transportation, both here in Bedford and regionally, in order to make informed recommendations for 1-3 specific projects in 2021 that are achievable and equitable.  This year we see our role as learners, listeners, collaborators, and communicators.  We would love to hear about your experiences and your ideas for solutions!

Bedford Net Zero ~ Contact person: Renu Bostwick

To expedite the implementation of the existing plan for NetZero (80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from all structures in Bedford by 2050), we will:.

  • Work with town officials to find ways to move the initiative forward on an interim basis.
  • Assist in developing and advocating for a successful warrant article for a permanent full-time position on the March 2021 Annual Town Meeting warrant.

Reducing Food Waste

Food waste is both economically and environmentally costly.  We will work to help reduce food waste currently put in the trash from residential, school, and municipal buildings, by:

  • Promoting composting, including household curbside composting pick-up.  Once 200  Bedford households have subscribed to the curbside service, they will be eligible for a discounted fee.
  • Supporting the new liquid diversion pilot program at John Glenn Middle School so it can be used as a model for the other Bedford schools.
  • Increasing public awareness of the need to reduce food waste in our homes, schools, and town buildings and its relevance to both the town’s fiscal and climate health..

 To Learn More

To learn more about these plans or how to personally get involved, please contact Bedford Mothers Out Front co-coordinators Corinne Doud or Sue Swanson or the contacts listed above.

Another great way to learn about the work of Mothers Out Front is to come to a monthly team meeting; the next one is February 10 at 7 pm. Contact us for more information about the meeting location.

We would appreciate your input!  We want to hear from you!  Email [email protected] or call 781-514-6488.

At the Goal-Setting Gathering

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