It’s just like Uncle Scar told us: Be Prepared. While we may not have to worry about Pride Rock being overthrown, there are countless emergency situations we do need to prepare for.
We’re already seeing more frequent extreme weather events, and that trend will continue as our climate changes. While Boston’s been lucky in the past (we narrowly avoided severe flooding from Hurricane Sandy by a mere five hours), it’s important to prepare for any disaster that could happen.Read more
With the U.S. set to take on Ghana in their first World Cup match later today, soccer fans at home remain optimistic for a respectable result despite the team’s long odds. Hopefully, our showing on the field will surpass our performance in Grist’s “World Cup of Climate Change,” where the U.S. didn’t make it out of group play. The site looked at per capita GDP (gross domestic product) relative to CO2 emissions per capita for each World Cup country. Although a crude measure, it gives a sense of how each of the 32 World Cup countries stacks up with respect to sustainability.Read more
Mayor Walsh joined Governor Patrick this morning for the exciting and timely announcement of more than $50 million to help local communities in Massachusetts prepare for the impacts of climate change. Under the new leadership of Mayor Walsh and following the release of Climate Ready Boston: Municipal Vulnerability to Climate Change, the City of Boston is ready to work with the state to ensure that Boston is prepared for sea-level rise and intense storms like Hurricane Sandy.Read more
From the Boston Green Schools Blog:
It was bedlam as Ms. Selznick’s 4th Grade science class streamed through the Curley K-8 School’s outdoor classroom, picking up trash and winterizing the garden beds. Then suddenly the call went up, “Bunny!” and everyone fell silent, slowly circling around to catch a glimpse of the animal. It was not the only wildlife to capture the attention of the students. They also learned about snails and garden management, explored the outdoor classroom and picked up litter for their Green Apple Day of Service.Read more
Did you hear?
In a doozy of announcement last week, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) revealed its top cities for energy saving programs and policies on September 17, and Boston topped the list! Released in ACEEE's new 2013 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, which ranked 34 of the largest U.S. cities on how they're reducing their carbon footprints, we were in good company, with Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and New York rounding out the top 5.Read more
If you haven't heard, Mayor Menino unveiled this season's mobile truck, which houses City Hall to Go, which will begin its regular rotation starting Tuesday, July 2, 2013. In addition to the multitude of services from last year, such as being able to pay property taxes and requesting birth, marriage and death certificates, Bostonians can now sign up for Renew Boston's energy audits and weatherizations, and can request recycling bin stickers!Read more