For over two decades Medford has been committed to green initiatives and clean energy. The list below provides a year-by-year description of energy and environment-related projects and accomplishments in Medford. Most ongoing and current projects also have their own pages on this site; links to these can be found throughout the list, in the year when the project began.
Wellington / Route 28 Underpass: The Wellington/Route 28 Underpass will fill a critical gap in the area’s shared greenway network and provides a safe alternative for pedestrians and bikers trying to cross Route 28 and Wellington Circle. Along with the Mystic River Watershed Association, the City of Medford is leading the development process. In July 2021, the MassTrails Grant Program awarded the project $191,190 for the design, permitting, and engineering of the project.
Residential Composting Partnership: In Summer 2021, Medford launched a municipal residential composting partnership with Garbage to Garden. Interested residents can now request weekly curbside compost pickup from Garbage to Garden at a lower negotiated monthly rate for Medford households. Learn more and subscribe here.
2021 EBC Award: As a part of the Resilient Mystic Collaborative (RMC), the City of Medford received the Environmental Business Council of New England Award for Leadership by a Non-Profit Organization. The RMC is a partnership of neighboring communities in the Mystic River Watershed working to protect our people and places from climate-intensified risks.
Medford Comprehensive Plan: Over 12-18 months the City will complete a Comprehensive Master Planning Process. The resulting Plan will provide a basis for decision-making about climate adaptation and mitigation practices, land use planning and redevelopment, budget preparation, and capital improvement planning for public facilities and services.
School Recycling Expansion: The Sustainable Materials Recovery Program through MassDEP awarded the City of Medford a $30,000 grant for the installation of six recycling dumpsters to expand recycling capacity, a dishwasher for Medford High School, reusable lunch trays, and signage. The grant includes all schools in the district and aims to expand recycling and reduce single-use plastic food service ware in the high school cafeteria.
Dog Park Improvements: The Medford Dog Park recently installed new LED pole lights at the east end of the park. This installation is the first in a series of updates funded through a $23,281 grant from the Stanton Foundation. Improvements will also include the addition of a 72ft border of landscape timbers around the edge of the park, a new shed, and a new circular bench with an ‘escape door’ so dogs can move easily around it.
New Bus Infrastructure: The City of Medford was awarded a $100,000 grant from MassDOT’s Shared Winter Streets Program for the implementation of bus shelters and bus benches. Two bus shelters will be placed in Medford Square and Haines Square and the City is currently considering locations for potential bus benches.
Local Business Technical Assistance Program: In partnership with MassHire Metro North Workforce Board, the City was awarded a grant from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. This grant will enable Medford to contract consultant services to create and launch a program to assist businesses to access the funds and benefits designated through the Surrounding Community Agreement for the benefit of Medford businesses.
Climate Action Plan 2021 Retrospective: In honor of Earth Day, 20 years after the release of its historic 2001 Climate Action Plan, the City published a report, reflecting on the progress of the last two decades. Following this retrospective, the City of Medford will release a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan later this year. It will detail the City’s proposed actions and strategies to achieve climate resilience and to create a sustainable future for all of Medford.
Tufts Pool LED-Lighting Upgrade: In early 2021, the Tufts Pool lighting was upgraded to LED. This replacement will make the facility more energy efficient and the new lighting will require less maintenance.