Bostonians told us how they deal with extreme heat - and where they go to have fun while keeping cool.Read more
Greenovate Boston helps Boston’s communities become even more resilient - and Climate Ready Boston is a key component of being prepared for our future with climate change.Read more
One way to help offset the rising cost of energy and significantly reduce your home's carbon footprint is to replace your aging heating equipment with a new high-efficiency unit. With rebates and interest-free loans from Mass Save, you might find the whole project is less expensive than you fear.Read more
Do you feel like you are constantly taking out the garbage? Are you filling your garbage and recycling bins faster than you can say “It’s trash pickup day!” We’ve got some easy tips to help you reduce waste, de-clutter your home, and save you a few trips to the dumpster. You’ll be so pleased as the list of things you save from the landfill grows.Read more
High water bills can create headaches for condo associations and landlords. Here are three ways you might be able to save water in your home and properties. You’ll not only shrink your water bill, you’ll also save on whatever fuel heats your water. Tenants will save on their water heating bills too!Read more
Recycling and composting at your business can help decrease environmental impact, save money, improve employee morale, and respond to customer demands for sustainable practices.Read more
In Boston, we are all connected through our water. People, who live, work in, or visit the city all enjoy our harbor, rivers, brooks, and ponds – our waterways – and keeping them pollution-free is a priority. When it rains or snows, the water that flows down our streets and sidewalks, called stormwater, picks up materials along the way.
Stormwater flows through our neighborhoods, into catch basins, then into streams, rivers, and eventually into Boston Harbor. Catch basins are the grates on our streets, which collect the stormwater runoff and anything unintentionally placed or purposefully dumped on the street. Catch basins connect to the storm drain system, which moves the water and everything in the water, into the Charles, Neponset, and Mystic Rivers and into the harbor. The storm drain system is not connected to the sewer system, so the stormwater runs directly into waterways and the harbor.Read more
There are lots of ways for renters to save on energy bills, such as replacing lightbulbs, installing a programmable thermostat, and using water-saving devices.
But when it comes to making bigger changes such as getting recycling for your whole building or making more intensive energy upgrades, renters have to make asks to landlords or property managers. To help bridge the communication gap between renters and landlords, here are two sample messages to help tenants start those conversations. Feel free to edit and send in an email or mail with your rent check. Let your landlord know that you want to be a team in making these changes in your home.Read more
There are plenty of resources available for large buildings and institutions in Boston that are interested in finding ways to reduce their energy use. The best place for any property or business to start is with your utilities. They will work with you to identify the best opportunities for savings and help connect you with special rebates. Below are additional opportunities and resources.
Ditch the chemicals, and clean your living spaces with simple ingredients that you can probably find in your kitchen already!
By reducing the use of synthetic chemicals you use to clean, you help to detox both your own home and help rid our air, water and garbage cans of allergens, pollutants, and waste. And while there are a number of commercial non-toxic home cleaning products available, making your own is even cheaper!Read more