From the Desk of Commissioner Spector - The Green Ribbon Commission’s Climate Innovations Study Tour in Northern Europe
Elected and appointed officials of the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts along with members of the business, academic, and philanthropic communities traveled to Northern Europe recently on a Green Ribbon Commission-sponsored Climate Innovations Study Tour last week. Boston Environment Commissioner Carl Spector, who participated in the study tour along with Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space Austin Blackmon, reports back on what they learned.Read more
Cities, especially coastal ones like Boston, have an enormous stake in addressing climate change. We know our communities cannot wait. So we’re listening, acting on the local level and sharing lessons learned internationally to accelerate progress. Here’s what the City of Boston is doing to support the Paris Climate Accord.Read more
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
President Obama’s announcement yesterday of several federal climate change initiatives will reduce greenhouse gas emissions nationwide and help prepare the country for the impacts of climate change. As a coastal city, Boston is especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Without significant national and international action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Boston and many other cities could face potentially catastrophic impacts within the next 100 years.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