Today, the Boston Green Ribbon Commission (GRC), along with Health Care Without Harm, released areport analyzing the nation’s first-ever, sector-wide energy use database. Hospitals and healthcare buildings in Boston have reduced energy use by 6% reduction.
Boston is fortunate to be home to some of the world’s leading healthcare institutions. They create jobs, conduct cutting-edge research, and save lives–all pretty important tasks. However, hospitals and their associated facilities are some of the most energy intensive building uses out there. Partners Healthcare, for example, once used almost as much energy as the entire city of Cambridge in order to do the work necessary to save lives!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
International Design Competition Kicks off and Other Efforts to Prepare for Climate Change
Today, on the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the City of Boston will be convening a regional summit to better prepare Greater Boston for the impacts of climate change. The announcement also marked the kickoff of an international design competition focused on climate preparedness, as well as an update of the City of Boston’s ongoing climate efforts.Read more
Guest blog by Glorya Wornum (18) and Ayo Olumuyiwa (17), two Boston students who attended the People's Climate March last Sunday
Last Sunday, September 21st, 400,000 people flocked to the streets of New York City for the People’s Climate March- the largest march in history around the issue of climate change. The Boston Student Advisory Council and other Boston youth woke up at 5:00 AM to get on a bus to New York to join this important march. We walked over 20 blocks through the heat with tens of thousands of other marchers.Read more
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
The City of Boston is proud to have been so well represented at the People's Climate March on Sunday by Boston's finest. While we don't have an exact number, we estimate that at least 1,000 people from the Boston-metro area participated in the rally of over 300,000 people. Organizations such as Boston Climate Action Network, Boston Cyclists Union, Mothers Out Front, Clean Water Action, Alternatives for Community and Environment, 350.org - MA, Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts, and Boston Student Advisory Council all participated.
You are truly an inspiration to us all. Let's keep the momentum going!Read more
By Jeffrey Morgan
During the month of June I had the unique opportunity to sail across the North Atlantic Ocean and study the ocean I was crossing along the way. I set sail from Woods Hole, MA on June 2, 2014 aboard the 134-foot-tall ship Corwith Cramer and made it to Cork, Ireland on June 27, 2014. The vessel belongs to the Sea Education Association (SEA) out of Woods Hole, MA and the Transatlantic Voyage which I and 34 others were a part of was through a program SEA offers called SEA Semester. I’d like to thank SEA and all the crew and students onboard Cruise C-253 for their hard work and good companionship during our voyage. All the science conducted aboard the vessel included here has been credited to the appropriate student researchers, and is not my own work unless stated.Read more
In addition to being one of the most beautiful cities in the world (as noted by the BRA’s own Kairos Shen), Boston is also one of the luckiest. We avoided flood disasters from winter storms Nemo and Hercules by just a few hours; and had Hurricane Sandy had hit us at high tide, Boston would have likely experienced a 100-year flood.Read more
The American Meteorological Society (AMS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently released the State of the Climate in 2013 report. This annual, peer-reviewed report examines the changing state and behavior of the Earth’s physical climate system.And the news isn't great...Read more