Boston has big plans to address climate change and become the greenest, most climate-prepared city in the country. These plans are ambitious and we need your help to see Boston reach its goals. The 2015 Greenovate Boston Community Summit on June 6th at Northeastern University will bring community members together to collaborate, share new ideas, and take action to implement the city’s recently updated Climate Action Plan (CAP). Here are our top reasons you won’t want to miss out on Boston’s biggest climate action event of the year:
Time to roll up our sleeves
Last year’s Summit brought Bostonians together to inspire climate action and collect feedback for the 2014 Climate Action Plan Update. This year, with our newly updated Climate Action Plan in hand, individuals will discuss best practices and roll up our sleeves to implement the CAP. This year, Summit workshop sessions include:
Maintaining Boston’s Trees and Open Spaces
Integrating Sustainability into Boston Public Schools
Neighborhood Sustainability Planning
Sustainability in Higher Ed
Residential Energy Efficiency
Learn from Boston’s past to build a better future
Share your knowledge of Boston’s environmental action history by contributing to the Boston Sustainability Timeline!
Attendees can add environmental action and sustainability milestones from the past. What do you think the future holds? Take a look into your crystal ball and tell us what you think sustainability will look like in Boston’s future!
Meet the 2015 Greenovate Boston Award winners
The Summit wouldn’t be complete without the 9th annual Greenovate Boston Awards Ceremony! Mayor Walsh will recognize businesses, organizations, and individuals helping to reach the City’s goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. He will also be revealing the 2015 Boston Public Schools Recycling Competition winners. Get your cameras ready!
Who doesn’t like their coffee Organic, Fair Trade, and free?
Dean Cycon, lawyer-turned-entrepreneur and founder of the a local, organic, and fair trade coffee company Dean’s Beans will join us as a keynote speaker to share his unique stories and inspiring words. In related and equally exciting news: Dean’s Beans will be providing coffee at the Summit. Cup of joe, anyone?
Our second Keynote is Andy Brooks, who founded Bootstrap Compost a few years ago with nothing more than a handcart, some flyers, and an idea to do something good. Now with over 1,100 residential and commercial clients, Bootstrap partners with local farms and diverts thousands of pounds of organic material from landfills every week.
Speaking of compost, help us make this a zero waste event! This means 90% or more of the waste produced at the Summit must be reused, recycled, or – you guessed it – composted.