Today, GreenovateBoston.org gets a new look, and with this update we are taking a major step in driving climate action in Boston. Earth Day provides an opportunity to look back at this program’s inception, how it has evolved, and discuss its future.
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
Boston, Cleveland, and Washington, D.C. all have ambitious sustainability goals that require widespread community engagement to reach them. They are also members of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN)–a North American network that helps municipal sustainability directors and their staff learn from one another by sharing ideas and best practices. With grant funding from USDN, the three cities came together last week in Boston for a Peer-to-Peer Exchange to focus on community engagement. Each city is excelling in different areas–from ambassador programs, to summits, to CEO-level engagement. Here are highlights from the gathering: 1. Private sector engagement helps Boston rise as a climate
We’ve already shared ways to have an eco-friendly Valentine’s Day, for those of you who have a special someone to shower with love. But given that Boston was recently ranked #3 for the best cities to be single in, we are making ourselves available to be your Valentine. And here are our reasons to swipe right for Greenovate Boston.Read more
It’s been three weeks since we released the 2014 Climate Action Plan, so it seems like the perfect time to pick up where we left off and continue breaking down the sections of the Plan. Next up, Climate Preparedness.
Boston’s Climate Action Plan is about more than just reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We’ve had too many near-miss major flood events and experienced enough heat waves to know that we can’t avoid climate change all together. While it might not feel like it today, the earth is getting warmer, and Boston must play its role in both reducing global emissions and preparing for the unavoidable impacts of climate change. But this isn’t about doom and gloom–it’s about the big opportunities like increasing community resilience, social equity, public health and safety, and increasing collaboration as we prepare for climate change.Read more
Last Thursday, Mayor Walsh released the 2014 Greenovate Boston Climate Action Plan Update. It was a celebration of the a year of hard work and community input from all of our neighborhoods. We were fortunate to be joined and supported by the local band, Guster, who helped us launch the Plan in style.
The day started early. We joined Guster at 7 AM to hit the busking trail. All morning, we traversed the City, giving out copies of the Plan, signing people up for Renew Boston, and listening to some great live music. Guster plugged into their solar-powered PA system, providing pop-up tunes first thing in the morning to commuters getting their day started at South Station, all the way to the last stop at lunch time in Copley Square. We were even joined by the Key-Tar Bear at one point!Read more
With 2014 officially winding down, I would like to take a moment to reflect on the City of Boston’s accomplishments and progress made on environmental and energy issues this calendar year. Certainly, it would not have been possible to make these advances without the dedicated work of the EEOS team, Greenovate Boston, and the support and engagement of the community.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
Last week, I attended the Carbon Neutral Cities Initiative meeting on behalf of the City of Boston in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was an opportunity for me to highlight Boston’s great efforts in preparing for climate impacts, and also to learn about best practices and innovative strategies for climate action planning from other leading cities around the world.Read more
Thanks to everyone who attended Greenovate Boston’s first Community Summit. The event was a huge success, with over 500 residents, businesses, and community leaders participating from all over the Boston area! We are busy compiling all the notes from the Innovation Sessions, summarizing the Wall of Ideas, and compiling results from Ideactive and your written responses. All this information will be relayed to the Strategy Committees in the coming weeks. But for now, here are our top 10 favorite moments from the 2014 Greenovate Boston Community SummitRead more