Climate Change in Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury is committed to reducing the Town’s GHG emissions, ensuring resilient and efficient municipal operations, and preparing for the impacts of climate change. 

Greenhouse Effect

What Climate Change Means for Shrewsbury

The Greenhouse Effect

When fossil fuels are burned to power the our buildings and vehicles, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are released into the atmosphere. These emissions, including carbon dioxide and methane, create a thick “blanket” in our atmosphere that traps heat and disrupts the Earth’s climate. The result is more extreme temperatures, localized flooding, intense storms, and drought, which the Town of Shrewsbury is already experiencing.

The top 2,000 climate scientists in the world have said our window for action is closing, but we still have time to act and mitigate the worst impacts of climate change.

What Climate Change Means for Shrewsbury

Climate Hazards and Impacts

Due to climate change, extreme weather events are projects to increase in frequency and intensity. Shrewsbury is already facing documented impacts from climate change including heat waves, localized flooding, intense storms, and drought.

These climate hazards can pose a threat to the health and safety of community members and Town staff, especially those who work outside. Climate hazards can also impact the Town’s ability to consistently provide efficient services, such as waste management services, debris removal, energy and water delivery, and more.

In Shrewsbury, 20% of critical facilities (such as dams, health facilities, etc.) are vulnerable to hazards like flooding.

By 2030, Shrewsbury could experience up to 19 days above 90°F and up to 38 days by 2050.

Precipitation in Shrewsbury could increase up to 14% by 2050, with the largest increases occurring in the winter.

In 2020, Worcester County experienced 23 consecutive weeks of moderate to severe drought conditions.

What You Can Do

Resources to Understand Climate Change

Check your carbon footprint with the EPA Carbon Footprint Calculator
Learn 300 years of fossil fuel history in 300 seconds
Tips for explaining climate change to younger generations
Learn about Massachusetts' climate goals