To protect the wetlands of the City by controlling the activities deemed to have a significant effect upon wetland values, including but not limited to the following: public or private water supply, groundwater, flood control, erosion control, storm damage prevention, water pollution, fisheries, shellfish, wildlife, recreations and aesthetics. The control of activities is achieved through permitting required under Chapter 131 Section 40 of Massachusetts General Laws (The Wetlands Protection Act).
The Everett Conservation Commission is a five member board which oversees the protection of wetlands and other water bodies in the City. Through the Wetlands Protection Act (WPA), the Commission reviews permit applications for development and construction work within the buffer zone of the Mystic, Malden and Island End Rivers in the City.
Everett was designated a Green Community in December 2014 and received $307,175 from the Commonwealth's Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to implement energy efficiency measures. The City will utilize this funding to purchase and retrofit the City's streetlights to LED technology. This is projected to save the City more than $200,000 a year in energy savings.
The City is embarking on an Energy Services Contract with AMERESCO to identify addtional efficiency and energy cost saving measures in municipally owned buildings. AMERESCO completed a Preliminary Energy Audit (PEA) in 2014 and the City is in the process of choosing measures to take to reduce its energy bill.