BOSTON - Thursday, April 30, 2015 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that the City of Boston has started work with The Trust for Public Land's Climate-Smart CitiesT Program to help Boston achieve climate mitigation and preparedness goals set forth in the Greenovate Boston 2014 Climate Action Plan Update. The Trust for Public Land's Climate-Smart Cities effort helps cities meet the climate challenge through conservation and design--from protecting waterfront parks and wetlands to creating green alleys and "water smart" playgrounds.Read more
Re-posted with permission from the Natural Resource Defense Council’s Switchboard blog by Melissa Write.
Today, kudos go out to the city of Boston, a member of the City Energy Project, for joining a growing cadre of leading cities that are committing to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 or before. Boston’s pledge comes as part of the newly launched, international Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA). The Alliance includes 17 of the world’s most populous cities, from Australia, Japan, Northern Europe, the UK, and the U.S. Each of them has committed to this ambitious and world-saving target that scientists say we must reach in order to stave off climate change’s worsteffects. (Some CNCA cities have made plans even bolder than 80 percent by 2050, by the way. Melbourne, Australia and Copenhagen have pledged to become carbon neutral by 2020 or 2025, respectively.)Read more
Although it might not feel like it yet, spring is officially here and we are fortunate to have a vibrant waterfront and many green spaces to enjoy here in Boston as the weather turns warmer. Charlie Moffat, Executive Secretary for the Boston Conservation Commission, is on the front lines of protecting Boston’s natural resources. This week, we sat down with her to learn more about her work, the Conservation Commission, and how Bostonians can help protect our natural resources and amenities in our City’s “backyard.”Read more
Today, Chief Swett joined A Better City (ABC) to kickoff the 2015 Challenge for Sustainability. Since 2009, ABC’s Challenge for Sustainability has been helping Boston companies and property owners increase energy efficiency, reduce waste and cut their greenhouse gas emissions.
“The Challenge is a unique and incredible program that is making measurable greenhouse gas reductions within the Large Building and Institution sector,” said Brian Swett, Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space.Read more
With over 1,000 vehicles, greening the City’s diverse fleet is no simple task. Yet, with now over 120 hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles, the City is making significant progress. The City recently worked with XL Hybrids, Inc, a Boston-based company founded by MIT alumni, to install its award-winning XL3 Hybrid Electric Drive System in four city-owned vans. This technology can deliver a 25 percent increase in miles driven per gallon, and will help reduce pollution and save money on gas.
“Utilizing this technology will save tax-payer money and is a win-win for any business or organization,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh.
“We have more than 160 full-sized passenger and cargo vans in our fleet,” said Jim McGonagle, director of central fleet management for The City of Boston. “Since XL Hybrids is based in Boston, working with them is simple and smart. The ability to retrofit vans from our existing fleet allowed us to see immediate benefits. There were no driver training or maintenance requirements. I look forward to ordering new vans with the XL Hybrids system in the coming months.”Read more
Today Mayor Walsh announced the City of Boston has been selected as a Rockefeller Resilient 100 City and aClimate Action Champion–a new White House program. As a 100 Resilient City (100RC), Boston will have access to tools, technical expertise and funding to hire a Chief Resilience Officer (CRO). As a Climate Action Champion, the City will benefit from facilitated peer-to-peer learning and mentorship and targeted support from a range of Federal programs.
100RC is a network helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. The CRO, with support from the 100RC network and input from external stakeholders, will develop a resilience strategy that addresses economic development, transportation, housing, climate change, and the arts.Read more
On November 12th, Boston released its draft 2014 Climate Action Plan Update for public comment. The plan outlines goals, targets, strategies and actions for reaching its carbon reduction and climate preparedness goals. In this blog series, we’ll be walking you through various aspects of the plan–starting with the goals and targets, then diving into the chapters on Neighborhoods, Large Buildings and Institutions, Transportation, Climate Preparedness, and 80 x 2050–and demonstrate how we can collectively achieve Boston’s climate goals.Read more
In the spirit of giving and merriment this holiday season, Greenovate Boston is partnering with Second Chance Toys to host a used-toy drive December 1-15. With 21.6% of Boston’s population living in poverty, it’s important to remember that the Holidays can be a challenging time for many people, from providing warm winter clothes, to putting food on the table, to gift-giving. With your help, the City of Boston hopes to alleviate some of this stress, while also helping minimize waste.
For the first time ever, the City will be collecting gently used plastic toys, in addition to the Toys for Tots drive. We have teamed up with Second Chance Toys, a nonprofit that helps keep plastic toys out of landfills by donating them to organizations serving children in need. All toy donations must be clean, 100% plastic, no small, missing or broken parts, and come with working batteries.Read more
"Today, I join my colleagues and the citizens of Boston in mourning the loss of and celebrating the life of one of its greatest leaders. Mayor Menino was a true champion of the environment, the parks, historic preservation, and smart, forward looking development of our City. While Mayor Menino himself did not consider himself a visionary, he recognized that the role of City leadership is not just to think about the next year, but also the next decade and the next generation, and he put Boston on a path to being a vibrant, dynamic, and sustainable City for generations to come.Read more
By now you’re probably familiar with the story of the time capsule found inside the lion on top of the Old State House. While the contents have been speculated and only recently revealed, the Bostonian Society is already in the process of creating a new time capsule to replace the old one--and they’re taking our suggestions!Read more