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
UPDATE: The Boston Red Sox have announced they will be extending the service to all weekend home games for the remainder of the 2014 season!
Heading to a Red Sox game this weekend? Be one of the first to use their new bicycle valet service that is debuting this weekend.
The gender imbalance in cycling made the news earlier this week when analyses of bike share trip data from Chicago (Divvy), New York (Citibike), and our very own Hubway system revealed a significant gap in ridership among men and women. During the five month study--July 1 to November 30, 2013--women accounted for just 25 percent of rides among Hubway members, even though almost half of all members are women.Read more
Be the Change Blog Series
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
Hopefully you are reading this because you want to help contribute to a more sustainable planet, support the local economy, and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Well, Greenovate Boston is here to help you do just that. We encourage Bostonians to make small changes that can help make a big impact. Greenovate Boston’s Be the Change blog series will help Bostonians not only talk the talk, but also walk to walk of greening their everyday actions. Together we can make the City a better, greener place to live and work.Read more
2013 is officially winding down- and what a year it's been for Boston's green movement! We count down five of the City's more exciting sustainable achievements in the past 12 months:Read more
Urban agriculture improves access to fresh, healthy, affordable food, with decreased transportation costs and lower carbon emissions. In December 2013, the City passed Article 89, a city-wide zoning article that allows for commercial urban agriculture in Boston. Small or large, new farming endeavors will bring communities together, empower small entrepreneurs, and increase access to fresh food for Bostonians.
To develop Article 89, the Boston Redevelopment Authority worked closely with the Mayor’s Office of Food Initiatives and the Mayor’s Urban Agriculture Working Group, a group of farmers, experts, residents and advocates gathered together to advise and guide staff. Article 89 is the product of 18 open public meetings of the Mayor’s Urban Agriculture Working Group and 11 Neighborhood Meetings, which took place throughout Boston in June and July, 2013.
- MassSAVE: State website for Massachusetts-specific rebates, tax breaks, planning, and technical assistance. Includes both residential and commercial building incentives.
- DSIREUSA: A national open database. Most useful for understanding federal incentives as a complement to MassSAVE’s website.
- OpenEI:Massachusetts: Nationwide database for understanding broader context of building energy in Massachusetts.
- National Grid NEST rebate: National Grid instant rebate on the NEST learning thermostat
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
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