I am excited to join the the Greenovate team to help Boston move forward on its climate and sustainability goals.

Robert Barton

As an east coaster, I grew up on Chesapeake Bay in Virginia. Some of my favorite memories are of boarding at the beach with my family, kayaking along the coast, and crabbing on the pier with friends.

The Massachusetts Bay and winding Charles River are a familiar and welcome sight after living in several different places across the US these past few years. During that time, I taught over one thousand K-12 students about the natural environment, earned a Master’s degree in Sustainable Solutions from Arizona State University, and worked with students and administrators to advance sustainability in higher education.

As a Greenovate Boston Fellow, I look forward to working on the City of Boston’s Climate Action Plan to help reduce emissions, prepare the city for the climate challenges to come, and build resilience across neighborhoods and communities. While climate disruption is a big collaborative challenge, I believe it also offers us all an enormous opportunity to live smarter, wiser, and kinder in the world we share.

One my favorite experiences in school was the opportunity to work with neighborhood leaders and community groups to identify common issues, chart solutions, and begin the unglamorous work of building their initiatives into projects. There’s nothing quite like digging holes (for planting) or planting seeds (in justice workshops) to bring people together. From community gardens to local entrepreneurs, I think that collaboration is essential to untangling complex community issues like climate preparedness or social equity.

I am excited to bring my energy and experience to this new role of engagement and collaboration with people from across the city. Boston is special place, and I look forward to meeting and supporting the work of many people from across its distinct neighborhoods and communities during my time with the Greenovate Team.

In my spare time, you can find me strolling through the Arboretum, chasing frisbees in the park, or exploring one of the many small towns in New England.

 


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