A recent Tab editorial by Newton’s Sustainability Director Rob Garrity highlighted great progress Newton has made in shrinking its carbon footprint. Newton deserves to be proud of its environmental leadership and the accomplishments.
Yet the largest single sector of greenhouse gas emissions – transportation – is conspicuously absent from the editorial. Newton needs a transportation sustainability plan that sets targets and timelines for carbon emissions reduction, and incentivizes the shift from single occupancy car travel to transit and active transportation by developing policies, plans, infrastructure and facilities to achieve those targets.
What should be Newton’s transportation sustainability goals and targets?