Sustainability

Sustainable Ashland 

The Sustainability Office is committed to developing policies and pursuing opportunities to make Ashland a livable and thriving community for all residents.

Our mission is to help enhance the quality of life in Ashland by addressing contributors of climate change and creating opportunities to create a safe and healthy future for people and our natural resources.  

In working to achieve our mission, the Sustainability Office is responsible for the coordination and implementation of strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support renewable energy and energy efficiency, reduce waste, promote resiliency, and provide resources on sustainability best practices to residents and businesses.

Sustainable Ashland is a team effort driven by Town departments, the Sustainability Committee, volunteers, businesses, State agencies, and consultants 

Projects and Initiatives


Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2040

Ashland has a robust history of sustainability initiatives. In November 2019 at Town Meeting, Ashland passed a  Net Zero Resolution committing to achieving Town-wide greenhouse gas emissions of net zero by the year 2040. By enacting this Resolution, Ashland has joined the dozens of Municipalities across the Commonwealth which have recognized the need for emissions reductions by embarking upon the path to Net Zero.


Clean Energy Residential and Small-Scale Commercial Programs 

The communities of Ashland, Natick, Holliston, and Framingham are proud to announce the MetroWest Solar + Clean Heat Challenge, a regional campaign focused on helping residents and small businesses install solar and clean heat and cooling technologies. We’re connecting home and business owners to high quality, discounted clean energy solutions that reduce utility bills, improve comfort and lower greenhouse gas emissions. The communities have secured competitive pricing from reliable installers for solar panels and clean heating and cooling systems, known as heat pumps. Discounted program pricing is available to residents and business owners in Ashland, Framingham, Holliston and Natick through December 2021. 


MW Solar Clean Heat Challenge Logo


Curbside Composting Pilot Initiative 

The Towns of Ashland and Holliston have initiated an innovative curbside food waste compost initiative for residents! This program works to provide discounts for curbside composting subscriptions as more and more people sign up for weekly pickup services. 

Better compost graphic 7-8-21


  1. Frank Nakashian

    Sustainability Coordinator