There are many shades of green in the eclectic City of Cambridge. It is one of the 35 cities and towns in Massachusetts designated as a "green community" by the state Department of Energy Resources.
This was the first round of designations under the Massachusetts Green Communities Act of 2008. To attain eligibility, the City had to demonstrate that Cambridge meets 5 criteria, including adoption of an energy use reduction plan for municipal facilities, adoption of a fuel efficient vehicles policy, and adoption of the Stretch Energy Code.
The annual GoGreen Awards in Cambridge recognize the environmental sustainability initiatives of Cambridge businesses and organizations in the areas of transportation, waste reduction/recycling, energy, stormwater management, climate protection, and initiatives by community organizations.
GoGreen Month, occurring annually in May, is a month-long celebration of transportation options, recycling, and energy conservation. Events include Bike Week celebrations, commuter appreciation days, transportation fairs and presentation of the GoGreen Business awards for outstanding environmental efforts.
How green is Cambridge? Bicycling has more than doubled in Cambridge since 2002. There are more bikes than people in Cambridgeport. More people bike and walk to work in Cambridge than in most other U.S. cities.