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September 2010
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Meet our DMO of the Month:
Henrietta Davis
Vice Mayor, Cambridge, Massachussetts
Henrietta Davis has focused much of her career working on issues of sustainability and our environment. Now she's now taking that show on the road. Henrietta has traveled abroad to network with municipal officials and other government and business leaders, serving in an ambassodor-like capacity to demonstrate how municipalities in the U.S. are taking the lead on green building, neighborhood sustainability, and other environmental issues. She's simultaneously bringing home information on state-of-the-art technologies and best practices which she is putting to work making Cambridge, Massachussetts a model of sustainability.

Last year, Henrietta Davis served as a delegate to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. At a meeting with US State Department officials in Copenhagen, Henrietta Davis testified about the on-going accomplishments of local governments and the need for federal support to expand and strengthen locally-led climate mitigation and adaptation efforts. Read More. Davis was joined by incoming DMO Executive Board Member, Matt Zone, and NLC Staff.

In May, Henrietta participated in a Switzerland Study Tour on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency . This public/private partnership provided Davis the opportunity to explore state-of-the art processes in waste-to-energy applications, building emissions reduction, and solar energy use. She also gained a new network of elected officials and sustainability experts with whom she can collaborate as she works on her city's sustainable efforts.

Davis' "Green World Tour" continues first in Germany where she will speak at the " My Sustainable World Conference" in Leipzig. Davis is presenting Cambridge’s accomplishments in reduction of gas emissions. Later in the year she will travel to Stockholm, Sweden which was recently named the European Union's first Green Capital. Davis and others will represent the National League of Cities at the European Green Capital Conference there this fall.

Henrietta Davis is currently serving her eighth term on the Cambridge City Council. After earning a degree in social work from Boston College in 1972, Councillor Davis worked as a neighborhood planner for the City of Cambridge and a freelance journalist for National Public Radio, Time Inc. and others. After the birth of her second son in 1982, Henrietta left journalism and became an administrator at the Agassiz Preschool.

In 1987, Henrietta was elected to the Cambridge School Committee. Three more terms followed, during which her proudest accomplishments were science curriculum improvements and AIDS prevention efforts. She was elected to the City Council in 1995. In 1997, Henrietta graduated from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government earning her Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

During her seven Council terms, Henrietta has focused on energy and the environment, non-auto transportation, neighborhood preservation, bridging the digital divide, children’s health and quality living for seniors. She is proud of the work the city has done on climate protection and energy efficiency. She’s a promoter of the Cambridge Energy Alliance and its goal to have 50% of all buildings in the city become energy efficient. She counts as significant recent accomplishments the commitment of Cambridge to purchase 20% renewable energy for its municipal needs. Also, Henrietta led the Council to adopt a green building policy for all new city buildings and an ordinance to protect trees at development sites. Henrietta is proud to say that Cambridge was the #1 Walking City in the U.S. in 2008 according to Prevention Magazine.

Currently, Henrietta is chair of the Health and Environment Committee and the Cable TV, Telecommunications and Public Utilities Committee; she was also the long time chair of the Traffic, Parking and Transportation Committee.

She serves as Chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) Steering Committee on Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources and as the Cambridge legislative liaison to the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), Cities for Climate Protection.

Henrietta Davis is married to Richard Bock and has two sons, Daniel, and Aaron, both graduates of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. Her vision for Cambridge’s future focuses on Cambridge as a national environmental model, safety for pedestrians and bikers, protecting neighborhood interests, maintaining Cambridge’s unique feel, and promoting the city’s diversity. Her hobbies include kayaking, canoeing, and watercolor painting.
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