Overall, transportation accounts for roughly 30 percent of Boston’s emissions. One car trip less every week for an entire year equates to about 0.2 tons less carbon pollution in the air. If everyone in Boston decided to replace one car trip a week with transit or biking, we’d reach our climate action goals a year earlier and take the equivalent of 20,000 cars off the road.
The car is no longer king in Boston. More and more of us are choosing not to drive–not just in Boston, but across the Northeast. If you’re afraid of missing the bus, new smartphone apps can tell you exactly when a bus will arrive. You can also try Hubway bike-sharing, car-sharing services, and tips on driving smarter.
Here’s a list of resources for determining which transit option is best for you and your employees.Read more
Guess what? Lighting is the fastest and easiest way to save money and energy. Just turn off your lights when you don’t need them – that’s it! Lighting accounts for roughly 1/4 of all building energy in the U.S – that means a big part of your energy bills come from inefficient lights or lights left on unnecessarily. It’s a small step that everyone can do!
You can also think about ways to improve your life by using more of the original light bulb (also known as the Sun). For example, if you’re a night owl, consider going to sleep earlier to do what you have to do in the morning. Or try to spend less time in dark, cave-like rooms and more time in naturally well-lit ones.Read more
Instead of throwing something away, try donating it to someone who can make use of it! There are great local options for donating construction materials, electronics, food and organics, household items, surplus office equipment and furniture, and much more.Read more
Increasing Boston’s urban forest benefits city residents through environmental and aesthetic improvements. City trees enrich the lives of all residents by providing many benefits, including: beautification of city streets, providing a respite on hot summer days, improved air and water quality, and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Boston currently has 29% tree canopy coverage across the city’s many neighborhoods and the City aims to increase Boston’s tree canopy to 35% by 2030.
The City is planting a lot of new trees each year, but newly planted trees have a difficult time getting established in a tough urban environment. With your help, the City of Boston’s young street trees have a better chance of survival.Read more
You can drastically lower your carbon footprint and utility bills with just a twitch of the finger. Over half of Boston’s climate emissions come from buildings, and heating and cooling account for a large part of those emissions. Click on the options below to expand.Read more
It can be easy to forget to turn off your lights, shut off your thermostat, or unplug electronics. That’s OK – smart controls are now available to do the work for you. Learn more below:Read more
Did you know? On average, over half of your waste can be recycled, which saves taxpayer money.
For the most part, all rigid and hard plastics, metals, and papers can be recycled. Common items include aluminum and tin cans, paper coffee cups, pizza boxes, newspapers and magazines, and soda cans and bottles.
Non-recyclable items include Styrofoam, plastic bags, motor oil containers, and chemical containers.
Check out the City’s Recycling and Trash Directory to look up how to properly dispose of your waste.
Click on each of the topics below to learn more about recycling:Read more
Need to run an errand, meet a friend, or get to work downtown? Do it while getting exercise and saving money! Sign up for a Hubway membership to get access to 100 stations and over 1,000 bikes through Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville. Or, if you only want to use it for a day or weekend, you can sign up at any station.
Bikes are available 24/7 through spring, summer, and fall. After signing up for an annual membership, a 24-hour access pass, or a 3-day access pass, users ride for free for the first half hour of every use!Read more