Somerville ranked No. 3 ‘Green City’ in U.S.

This story was originally published in the Somerville Journal. 

Over the past few years, Somerville has implemented a list of environmentally fueled goals to accomplish.

For starters, the city hopes to be carbon neutral by 2050, and have 50 percent of all trips be completed by public transit, biking or walking, as detailed in the 30-year SomerVision plan.

As a result of citywide efforts to be more sustainable, paired with demographics and planning, Somerville was recently named as one of the ”Best Green Cities for Families in 2017” by SmartAsset. The city was ranked third on the national list, falling just behind Cambridge and Honolulu.

Using information from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Department of Education, and the Environmental Protection Agency, SmartAsset developed a list of the top “greenest” cities in the country.

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Groups rally for safe communities at Indivisible Somerville rally

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Since moving into the White House, the Trump administration has proposed multiple policies affecting immigrants throughout the country and the world.

While supporters of President Donald Trump say the policies will better protect the country, critics say they are unjust and place targets on immigrants.

Through the nation-wide debates, both Somerville and Boston vowed to remain sanctuary cities, and now activists are pushing the state to follow in their footsteps.

On Tuesday morning, demonstrators gathered at the Statehouse in support of immigrants and to urge Gov. Charlie Baker to support the Safe Communities Act.

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