Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone has a new job in sight when his term ends in January.
He will assume the chairmanship of the Northeast Clean Energy Council, ending speculation the Democrat could enter the gubernatorial race.
But Curtatone’s new contract will keep him active in politics. The council is pushing for stricter environmental laws and regulations.
Curtatone said in a statement that his goal with the council would be to tackle the climate crisis while strengthening the economy and creating a positive social impact.
“I am a systems thinker and a regionalist,” Curtatone said. “We have built coalitions to work together on these issues, bringing together a wide range of people to effect real and lasting change. Well, it all intersects with climate technology and clean energy. This is the future of our economy. , health, education, transportation. It touches all aspects of the way we live, work, play and raise a family. “
At the end of his term, Curtatone will have served as Mayor of Somerville for 18 years, making him the city’s longest-serving general manager.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are honored to have the extraordinary leadership of Joe Curtatone leading NECEC into the critical 2020 decade for climate action,” said Daniel Goldman, Chairman of the Board of NECEC , in a press release. “Joe’s track record of unprecedented progress in Somerville provides NECEC with the experience and ability to integrate energy equity and environmental justice into the organization’s broad goals for clean energy and climate in the world. region. “
With reporting by Walter Wuthmann and Laney Ruckstuhl of WBUR