This week, Mayor Walsh, joined by members of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)’s Metro Mayors Coalition (MMC) along with state and regional leaders, participated in the Metro Mayors' Climate Preparedness Summit. This Summit was the first of its kind on regional climate preparedness in the Boston metro area.Read more
BOSTON - Thursday, April 30, 2015 - Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced that the City of Boston has started work with The Trust for Public Land's Climate-Smart CitiesT Program to help Boston achieve climate mitigation and preparedness goals set forth in the Greenovate Boston 2014 Climate Action Plan Update. The Trust for Public Land's Climate-Smart Cities effort helps cities meet the climate challenge through conservation and design--from protecting waterfront parks and wetlands to creating green alleys and "water smart" playgrounds.Read more
On Earth Day, Mayor Walsh, accompanied by Chief Blackmon, took to Twitter for an Earth Day twitter chat. Bostonians sent in tons of questions using hastag #AskMJW--covering topics from climate preparedness to zero-waste planning.
Here are the top tweets and replies from Wednesday's chat:
Thanks to all who participated!
Earth Day is worldwide celebration of our planet and doing what we can to make it healthy, thriving place for all. Boston has a lot to celebrate this year! We started 2015 off with the release of the Mayor’s Greenovate Boston Climate Action Plan, which outlines how collectively we can achieve Boston’s sustainability goals.Read more
Today, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced five transportation initiatives to improve how individuals on foot, bike, or in a vehicle move around the City of Boston with a significant focus on improving public safety. The announcements include a complete streets approach to Commonwealth Avenue, featuring protected bike lane on from the BU Bridge to Packard’s Corner, the adoption of Vision Zero Boston, aimed at eliminating traffic fatalities in the city, the citywide replacement of parking meters with intelligent parking meters, and a pilot program to eliminate street sweeping towing. The initiatives are early action projects as part of Go Boston 2030 launched to imagine a bold new transportation plan for Boston for the next five, 10, and 15 years. Additionally, the Mayor and the Boston Transportation Department will begin a nationwide search for a new Active Transportation Director to think holistically about how our streets are used by people who walk, bike, and take transit.
“We’re implementing innovative and inventive transportation strategies and infrastructure upgrades in the City of Boston to improve travel safety and convenience,” said Mayor Walsh. “Whether you walk, drive, take the T, or ride a bike on our streets, we’re looking at solutions that can accommodate every mode of transportation in a meaningful way.”Read more
Codman Square Health Center received an award in 2014 for their leadership in green building and education.
The Oscars may be over, but it’s still award season. Today, Mayor Walsh announced that applications are now open for the Greenovate Boston Awards and the Bike Friendly Business Awards, a sure sign that spring is on its way!
Greenovate Boston Awards recognize businesses, community organizations, and individuals who are helping Boston meet its climate and sustainability goals. Awards should focus on a recent project or practice that demonstrated leadership in climate action. Last year’s winners included innovated projects such as the BAC’s Green Alley in the Back Bay, NOAH’s community leadership around climate preparedness, and Bon Me’s sustainable food efforts.Read more
Boston faces some of the highest electricity prices in the nation, and in January, rates increased by 29 percent. This puts many Boston residents in a very tough spot, in particular, those residents who heat with electricity. While the City does not have control over these prices, we are using every lever we can to help ease this burden and better manage our energy in the long-term. Over the next month, I encourage you to take advantage of new energy saving incentives from Renew Boston, explore utility discounts, and attend our workshop to help tenants and landlords of multi-family buildings work together to save money and energy.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
His speech touched upon a number of challenges the city is facing, from education to public safety to development. The Mayor spoke extensively on Boston’s growing economy and population and what that means for the future of Boston.
“To build a truly thriving, healthy, and innovative Boston—growth by itself isn’t good enough,” said Mayor Walsh. “Our duty at this moment is to make sure our city doesn’t just grow bigger, it grows better.”
Today Mayor Martin J. Walsh was joined by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA), and Boston Groundwater Trust (BGwT) for the ribbon cutting of Boston's newest green, porous alley in the South End. The reconstructed alleyway will be a living laboratory, helping reduce pollution from stormwater runoff while addressing groundwater issues in the neighborhood.Read more