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
Architects, urban planners, designers, climate change advocates, and policymakers got a unique glimpse into what a more resilient and sustainable Boston might look like in the face of sea level rise last night. One proposal envisions a sort of Boston Common in the Fort Point Channel that visitors would explore via canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards. Another imagines elevating a section of Morrissey Boulevard and creating a living laboratory with marsh, aquatic grasses, and shellfish beds underneath. Others contemplate the potential for “water days” in the not-so-distant future where the city is challenged by frequent flooding.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
Today, the Boston Redevelopment Authority announced $292 million in new developments for 130 housing units, which will lead to the creation of hundreds of jobs. These development are also some of the greenest in Boston, with transit oriented development, LEED certified housing, new park space, and pedestrian improvements. The BRA will also commission a citywide energy study that will help us know where and how to place local, clean energy.Read more
Boston’s bus shelters are going green. On Monday, the Fairmount-Indigo Line CDC Collaborative, the Talbot Norfolk Triangle Eco Innovation District, and Land Escapes Design Inc—installed the first of three bus shelter green roofs as part of the Fairmount Line Bus Shelter Living Roof Initiative. This project (whose collaborating partners also include the City of Boston, JCDecaux North America, the MBTA, and the EPA Region I "Soak Up the Rain" Campaign), is one of several pieces of green infrastructure either planned or underway along the six-mile Fairmount Corridor.Read more
There’s a certain amount of pride that goes along with being a Bostonian. Where else can you walk from an old church constructed in 1733 to the tallest building in the city in just a matter of seconds? The architecture and structure of our city is what makes it so memorable, and it provides one of Boston’s greatest untapped resources—the roofs.Read more