Devens Forward Actions

The Devens Forward Climate Action and Resilience Plan promotes a holistic, balanced approach between economic development, quality of life, and environmental awareness. The Plan includes 7 climate and resilience elements, each with its own goals and actions.

By following the actions outlined in this plan, we will not only come closer to our ultimate goals around climate change, but we will create a healthier, happier community.  

Click to explore each of the plan element sections below to learn more about our goals, the actions we're taking to achieve them, and their status.

Plan Engagement Process

Developing the plan relied on a significant level of community engagement from a diverse array of stakeholders to identify priorities and avenues for climate action in Devens. A Climate Action Stakeholder Group (CASG) was assembled to provide input on the plan goals, actions, and implementation. CASG members represented a diverse set of local organizations and businesses, including: 

  • Transitions Women’s Shelter, 
  • United Native American Cultural Center, 
  • Dragonfly Wellness Center, 
  • Mt. Wachusett Community College, 
  • Parker Charter School, 
  • US Army

The group also brought a regional perspective with representatives from the Towns of Harvard, Shirley, and Ayer, as well as regional organizations like the Nashua River Watershed Association.


Guiding Principles

With a long list of potential actions, the plan advisors relied on five guiding principles to prioritize climate actions. The guiding principles represent Devens’ values and climate goals. Actions that had the potential for the highest impact in these areas became priority actions for this Climate Action and Resilience Plan.


Be Part of the Solution

You are essential to moving Devens Forward! 

Devens’ sustainable future depends on our ability to work together to identify and prioritize opportunities to strengthen our community and to be prepared for the impacts of a changing climate. Whether you live, work, learn, or play in Devens, commit to being part of the solution.

We invite you to stay engaged by: