Town of Brookline employees/officials and members of the community at Brookline Select Board's Sustainability & Climate Action Summit (June 5, 2019).  Zoe Lynn (as the Town's Sustainability Program Administrator, a previous role) standing, center.

Town of Brookline officials and members of the community at the Select Board's Sustainability & Climate Action Summit (June 5, 2019). Strategy and collaborative outcomes led by Zoe Lynn (as the Town's Sustainability Program Administrator, a previous role), standing center.


Our 5+ BIG challenges


In the midst of a global health crisis, we face growing demands on Town finances and staff resources, and unprecedented hardship for many community members and small businesses. We’re not meeting our affordable housing needs. We have a climate crisis which demands urgent action. And we are confronting painful and historic issues around racism we can do so much more to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and study, for all people in Brookline.

Priorities

(some initial steps)

Racial justice & equity

Racial disparities in our systems, from our transportation and housing systems, to our government and health care systems – among many others – are systemic and institutionalized. Addressing these disparities requires us to use tools we have for fostering engaged, transformational change.


I will use my position on the Select Board to collaboratively...


  • Facilitate a Select Board Racial Justice, Equity & Inclusion Summit to identify meaningful, timely and strategic steps to foster transformational change.


  • Execute actions that both reimagine and reform policing. This is important and timely work so let's do this together.


  • Make sure our plans and decisions are inclusive of all Brookliners, including those with different abilities, our seniors and their needs, and our most vulnerable.

Economic development & affordable housing

It's time for our executive board to be proactive on affordable housing and economic development.


On the Select Board I will collaboratively lead so we...


Identify actionable, historically-sensitive and neighborhood-based solutions for our housing and economic development needs. We'll develop timely, integrated and community-embraced strategies so we can move forward together:


  • Focusing initial energy on community-wide brainstorming and opportunities in our commercial and transit corridors;

  • Leveraging our upcoming Housing Production Plan to support this important work;

  • Facilitating coordinated updates to our zoning bylaws.



Additionally, together, let's vote YES on Questions 2 and pass the Community Preservation Act on the May 4 ballot.

Strategic financial planning

We currently have a structural deficit, which impacts our Town and School resources. Town/School projected expenses are expected to rise faster than our projected revenues. This financial challenge impacts and is interconnected with the other challenges we face.


I will use my position on the Select Board to...


  • Facilitate and lead, setting strategic priorities each year for our limited financial and staff resources.


  • Identify community-embraced solutions for our structural deficit and an updated Town-School Partnership formula.


  • Facilitate strategic planning between the Town and Schools, to better align priorities and resources so we are effective at achieving our shared goals.


  • Focus on strategic revenue-generating actions and develop an integrated, community-embraced strategy so we can move forward, thoughtfully developing our commercial and transit corridors.

Climate action, our green spaces & sustainability

We need to get to zero greenhouse gas emissions, as soon as possible.


My professional training on climate mitigation and sustainability is a critical area of expertise we need on our Select Board now. Under my leadership the Town and community collaboratively delivered strategic climate and sustainability initiatives.


On the Select Board I will lead so we continue this timely work, and together we'll advance:


  • Sustainable, equitable, inclusive and healthy transportation;

  • Fossil-fuel free buildings and green electricity;

  • Zero waste and community-wide sustainable practices;

  • Protection of our green spaces and ecosystems.



Additionally, together, let's vote YES on Questions 2 and pass the Community Preservation Act on the May 4 ballot.

Caring about people (empathy, inclusion & management make a difference)

Inclusion is one of my core values and I model this with how I lead, listen, manage, develop and deliver policy.


On the Select Board I will collaboratively lead so we...


  • Make sure our plans and decisions are inclusive of all Brookliners, including those with different abilities, our seniors and their needs, and our most vulnerable.


  • Work together towards a pandemic recovery, focusing attention on the evolving science and community needs, equity, mental health, and economic recovery.


  • Have a Select Board Racial Justice, Equity & Inclusion Summit to identify meaningful, timely and strategic steps to foster an inclusive and welcoming place, for all Brookliners.


  • Shift our collective culture to one that is inclusive of our public servants, fostering environments at work and in town that leverage their skills and are welcoming, equitable and embrace the important role of public service in our community.