Buildings & Development
Building Energy Use Disclosure Ordinance
In 2022, Town Meeting passed an ordinance that established a policy for reporting, disclosing, and assessing the energy and water use of large buildings in town. The ordinance is referred to as BEU-D. Its goal is to increase energy and water use transparency and to find opportunities to increase energy efficiency to ultimately reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Under the policy, buildings owned or leased by the Town and residential or commercial properties with one or more building over 25,000 square feet are required to report their annual energy use, electricity supplier's energy labels, and water usage. The first round of reporting is due by May 15th, 2023 for the 2022 calendar year. The Town will post a public annual report with the data.
Lexington Living Landscapes is a partnership of the town's Sustainable Lexington Committee, the Lexington Field and Garden Club, the Lexington Global Warming Action Coalition, and Citizens for Lexington Conservation that promotes sustainable landscaping practices in town. Lexington Living Landscapes is not part of the town government and the Town of Lexington does not assume any responsibility for the content of the site.
Lexington Living Landscapes' goal is to encourage both private landowners and public land managers to adopt practices that protect our health and environment. The initiative focuses on education and programming to support positive changes in three areas:
- Adapting our home gardens, lawns, and other landscaped spaces to be more wildlife-friendly through planting native plants, controlling invasive species, and tending our gardens in ways that benefit wildlife. This will shift our natural areas from being isolated refuges into hubs within a supportive landscape mosaic.
- Reducing or eliminating the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, and other toxins that threaten the health of our families and the natural world.
- Improving Lexington's tree canopy by reducing the loss of existing trees and planting new ones. Trees filter our air and water, keep us cooler in summer, and host a wide variety of wildlife.
Visit their website to learn more about the group's programs, events, demonstration projects, and educational tools about wildlife-friendly practices.