About the Green Community of Concord, MA
Concord is one of the oldest towns in the Boston metro-west area, and famous for its revolutionary and literary history. In the present day it is a community of around 17,000 people with two main village centers (Concord Center and West Concord) and a commuter rail providing easy access to Boston and Cambridge. Residents take pride in its schools, both public and private, and a vibrant community with numerous authors and artists. Many residents take part in annual Town Meeting and numerous volunteer committees and organizations. But with high housing prices, Concord faces some of the challenges of sustainability and affordability common to towns in the region.
In recent years, Concord has taken steps towards becoming more environmentally sustainable, with support from the Town government, for example:
- At the 2011 town meeting, residents voted to adopt a set of sustainability principles, which were also adopted by the Select Board. By adopting these principles, Concord became one of a number of eco-municipalities;
- At other town meetings, residents voted to ban single serving plastic water bottles (first US town to do so), plastic bags and polystyrene food containers, and placed a moratorium on artificial turf fields. These controversial decisions address the issue of whether some modern conveniences with environmental downsides are really needed;
- In 2017 town meeting adopted goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050, and created the position of Director of Sustainability.
Located at the confluence of the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord rivers, its residents and visitors enjoy the scenic beauty of abundant conservation land covering about 40% of the area.