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.
This Earth Day we want to hear what you’re doing, and what you plan to do, to take climate action at home, at work, and in your community.
On April 22, Greenovate Boston will be unveiling a new web platform that will allow you to do just this. You’ll also be able connect with others, share tips via the Community Forum, earn Greenovate Points and see the leader board, and see what events are going on throughout Boston via the Community Calendar. We’ll be attending a variety of Earth Day events throughout Boston on the 22nd. Here’s a list of some of the happenings in Boston that are guaranteed to inspire you, connect you, and best of all, help you Greenovate Boston!
Earth Day Twitter Chat with Mayor Walsh
Join Mayor Walsh in the Twittersphere for an Earth Day Twitter Chat this Wednesday, April 22 at 3 PM. You can participate in the chat by using the hashtag #AskMJW. Mayor Walsh and Chief Blackmon will be answering questions and letting everyone know about new opportunities to save on energy bills, get involved in the community, and help Boston implement its Climate Action Plan.Start sending your Earth Day questions using #askMJW our way!
If you want to connect with others and influence the sustainability conversation to build a better Boston, this one is for you. The 3rd Annual Sustainability unConference will be Wednesday, April 22, 5-10pm at District Hall, open to change-makers and sustainability advocates of all interests. An unConference is an interactive, spontaneously structured event led by the people attending it. Participants propose topics and shape the agenda collectively. The event aims to accelerate positive, collective impact in Boston. Our very own Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space, Austin Blackmon, will be giving the Opening Address! And Greenovate Boston will join the City of Cambridge and the City of Somerville to lead a discussion about what cities are doing and how you can help.
Boston Living with Water Competition Pin-Up
Semifinalists will be pitching their ideas at the Boston Living with Water Design Competition Pin Up on April 22nd from 6:00 – 8:30 PM at BSA Space. The competition has been fierce, with 50 designs submitted envisioning a more sustainable, more resilient, and more beautiful Boston adapted for sea level rise and climate change in the year 2100. Three semifinalists remain to present their draft designs for feedback from peers, community members and other experts. Space is limited, so RSVP here.
Boston University Earth Day Festival
BU hosts its Earth Day Festival on Wednesday on the GSU Plaza from 11 am-2:30 pm. Find out what sustainability@bu is all about while voting for your favorite sustainable artwork, testing your taste buds for a bottled water vs. tap water showdown, and enjoying a bike-powered smoothie! Cleaning out your closet? Bring your old work clothes to donate to Goodwill. Greenovate Boston will be there, so be sure to visit our table!
Check out other exciting Spring happenings:
Bike Fridays are back!
Boston Bikes will host its first Bike Friday of the season on April 24th at 6:45am. As a way to thank cyclists, Bike Fridays include a morning group ride, free breakfast, and expo at City Hall Plaza. Register today!
Boston Arbor Day 2015
What better way to celebrate Spring and our great city with a day of city-wide greening? On Saturday, April 25th, a number of community organizations will be hosting tree-focused service activities throughout the city, followed by a celebration in Franklin Park at 3pm. RSVP for Arbor Day event near you!