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By October 23, 2019 No Comments


Thank you Twelfth Baptist Church and Roxbury residents! What a great start for Renew Boston’s 2017 workshops, with featured guest speaker Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

This past Saturday, Mayor Marty Walsh and Environment, Energy and Open Space Cabinet Chief Austin Blackmon kicked off the 2017 workshop series for Renew Boston. It was an exciting event for the Roxbury homeowners, renters, and landlords who were eager to learn how Mayor Walsh and the City of Boston can help them stay warm this winter while saving money on their monthly utility bills.


There was a sense of positivity in the air as Chief Blackmon and Mayor Walsh took the stage to reassure Roxbury – and all of Boston for that matter – that residents’ safety, health, and well-being during brutal New England winters are a top priority for the City of Boston. Energy efficiency is vital for increasing your home’s comfort year-round, but it also improves air quality within your living space. The Mayor himself gave his word to the residents that, “We are going to make sure that our people’s air is clean, homes are safe, and environment is healthy.” The Mayor also applauded Renew Boston’s accomplishments of engaging 40,000 homeowners, landlords, and renters in Boston. These statistics speak for themselves as Mayor Walsh points out, “We have received national attention for our innovative approach, it’s easy to get involved, and it produces big results. Renew Boston is a big reason why Boston is a climate champion around the country.” You can watch Mayor Walsh’s full speech here.


Following the Mayor’s speech, Lourdes Lopez, Renew Boston’s Community Outreach Manager, walked the audience through the details of Renew Boston’s program, including the important first step of signing up for a No-Cost Home Energy Visit. Throughout the event, staff members were on hand to answer questions, and encouraged attendees to take advantage of the numerous discounts, rebates, and loans available to make their home more energy efficient.

Adding to the workshop, partner organizations,  ABCD Weatherization Assistance Program and The Boston Home Center, were in attendance to answer questions and promote their services.

Renew Boston will continue to host Energy Efficiency workshops on a monthly basis throughout the year to all neighborhoods in Boston. The next two are scheduled to be in Mattapan (February 18th) and East Boston (March 18th).



Here’s what you can do right now to take advantage of Renew Boston’s program.

1. Call 617-635-7283(SAVE) to schedule a NO-COST Home Energy Visit with a Certified Energy Specialist!

2. RSVP to one of our upcoming workshops!

– Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library: Feb 18th
– East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library: March 18th

3. Sign up for Greenovate’s newsletter to hear about more opportunities to reduce energy and take part in Boston’s climate goals

Anyone in Boston can take advantage of the Renew Boston program. Schedule your Home Energy Visit by calling 617-635-7283(SAVE)! To learn more about Renew Boston visit our website,  email Renew Boston at, or call 617-635-3850 and ask for Lourdes Lopez or Jeff Vaz.



A BIG thanks to our friends & partner organizations who helped make this event a huge success

  • Mayor Martin J. Walsh & staff

  • Austin Blackmon, Chief of Environment, Energy, & Open Space Cabinet

  • Reverend Arthur Thomas Gerland Jr. & Clara Bell, Twelfth Baptist Church

  • John Hoey and James Cater, Eversource

  • Stephen Dzindolet, Mass Save

  • Kathy Tobin, ABCD

  • Susan DiMatteo,  Boston Home Center

  • Phyllis Fields, Senior volunteer

  • Ethiopiah Al-Mahdi, Photographer

  • Mike’s Donuts