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We created a podcast to make it easier to understand policy issues the city is dealing with. This month, our episode is on affordable housing (it's the second of a two part series - listen to part one here). Listen to it by clicking the "play" button below, or find it by searching "Backyard Cambridge" wherever you listen to podcasts. 

To check out Season 1 of Backyard Cambridge, click here.

Show notes: 

Climate change is a global issue, but it’s also a local one. Cities around the world are developing policy responses to reduce their carbon footprint and prepare for the climate change effects we expect will happen in the coming decades. In this episode, we look at how Cambridge is leading the fight against climate change by being an example that other cities can follow.

CORRECTION: In the episode we discuss with Seth Federspiel a 2013 citizens' zoning petition. That petition did expire, but it led the City to create a climate Task Force, which then proposed the Net Zero Action Plan that the City is now implementing. Still a pretty neat example of citizen engagement leading to real policy impact!

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Parts 1 and 2

Net Zero Action Plan

Green Cambridge

Cambridge Energy Alliance

Drive Green EV discount program

Cambridge Development Department’s list of environmental community organizations

Check out for additional local resources as well as the written version of this story. You can also leave a comment on the piece with questions or suggestions.


Want to contribute a question for our Mayor “Ask Me Anything” episode next month? We’re taking your questions about anything you want to ask Mayor McGovern about the city. Here’s how to ask a question:

Tell us your first name, your neighborhood, and your question - you can submit any of the following ways, and bonus points if you record a voicemail:

Email: askthemayor [at]

Tweet your question to @BYCambridgePod

Voicemail/Text: (857) 285-2605

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