All meetings in Truro are remote only. Go to truro-ma.gov and click on the meeting you want to watch. The agenda includes instructions on how to join.
Thursday, Sept. 2
- Select Board work session, 10 a.m.
- Climate Action Committee, 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 7
- Board of Health, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 8
- Commission on Disabilities, 4 p.m.
- Planning Board remote work session, 5 p.m.
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Truro residents gathered on the back deck of the Truro Public Library on Sunday, Aug. 28 for a meeting organized by the Climate Action Committee (CAC), which is creating a plan to “address the impact of climate change in Truro,” according to a survey distributed to attendees. This plan will recommend actions for town boards and prescribe ways to measure progress over the next five years.
These discussions came amid the new Massachusetts climate law, in effect since July 1. On the transportation front, the law aims to increase the number of electric vehicles (EVs) from 21,000 to 780,000 by 2030. Truro currently has 14 registered EVs, according to the CAC, and in order to meet the state goal, the town would need to hit about 650 vehicles over the next nine years.
EV charging stations were a hot topic, including where to put them and what charging level would be most appropriate. Level 3 chargers, the swiftest choice, can bring an EV up to 80 percent of its max power in just 30 minutes to an hour. Level 2 units are cheaper to install but require 5 to 11 hours to charge a car to 80 percent.
“We also need to work with Truro town government to plan for the conversion of the fleet to hybrid or EV,” said Carol Harris, chair of the CAC. In July, the CAC and the Energy Committee wrote a joint statement to the Truro Select Board, police chief, and town manager, urging the town to consider purchasing one electric or hybrid vehicle. —Jasmine Lu