Sustainability, Energy and Resiliency Committee (SERC)

Important Announcement Regarding meetings through March, 2023:

Pursuant to Governor Baker’s March 12, 2020 Order Suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting Law, G.L. c. 30A, §18, and the Governor’s March 15, 2020, and as amended by Chapter 22 of the Acts of 2022 Order imposing strict limitation on the number of people that may gather in one place, this public meeting of the City of Salem Sustainability, Energy, and Resiliency Committee is being conducted via remote participation to the greatest extent possible.  

Specific information and the general guidelines for remote participation by members of the public and/or parties with a right and/or requirement to attend this meeting can be found on the city’s website, at, and on the committee web page, at

For this meeting, members of the public who wish to watch, listen or provide comment during the meeting may do so in the following manner: 

Remote Participation Instructions:  

Go to the website link SERC 4th Monday Zoom Link and enter password: 251052 or  

Go to the website link and enter meeting ID # 859-3957-6528 or   

Dial toll-free phone number 877-853-5257. When prompted enter meeting ID # 859-3957-6528. Those only dialing in will not have access to the direct video feed of the meeting.   

The meeting will be opened at 6:15 P.M. to allow members of the public to test their audio. During portions of the meeting in which public comment is permitted, members of the public who have “raised their hand” in Zoom will be called on to offer comments.  In order to raise a hand, members of the public using the Zoom computer of phone application may click the “Raise Hand” button; members of the public dialing in may press “*9” to raise their hand to speak. 

No in-person attendance of members of the public will be permitted, but every effort will be made to ensure that the public can adequately access the proceedings in real time, via technological means. In the event that we are unable to do so, despite best efforts, we will post on the city’s website an audio or video recording, transcript, or other comprehensive record of proceedings as soon as possible after the meeting. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this challenging situation for our community and the world. 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Sustainability, Energy and Resiliency Committee (SERC) is to promote a resilient environment and community.  SERC focuses on practical applications that enhance the sustainability of the city’s municipal operations, businesses, and residents by:

  • Advocating for the environmental well-being of all of the city’s inhabitants
  • Developing long-term strategic planning focused on creating a more resilient community
  • Implementing effective city-wide energy management including applications of renewable and energy efficient technologies and operations
  • Achieving 100% clean energy procurement for the city’s municipal operations - to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change
  • Leveraging with the private sector and other groups to accomplish our goals and to help the city’s businesses and residents reduce their carbon footprint

This committee was formerly known as the Renewable Energy Task Force (RETF).

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Vacant Vacant Sustainability & Resiliency Manager 978-745-9595 x 41014
Stacy Kilb Sustainability Engagement Coordinator 978-745-9595 x 41013

Committee Members

Name Title
John Hayes, Ph.D Chair
Richard Nye Member
Chris Cantone Member
Phil Koch Member
Douglas Bowker Member
Elvis Alvarez Member
Erin Casey Member
Andrew W. Varela City Council Liaison
City Council Liaison