Posted on November 21, 2014

Greening Boston one alley way at a time

Today Mayor Martin J. Walsh was joined by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA), and Boston Groundwater Trust (BGwT) for the ribbon cutting of Boston’s newest green, porous alley in the South End. The reconstructed alleyway will be a living laboratory, helping reduce pollution from stormwater runoff while addressing groundwater issues in the neighborhood. “Stormwater pollution and groundwater do not understand our municipal or property boundaries, and we must work together to address these challenges,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I applaud the Charles River Watershed Association for their vision, MassDEP for helping fund…

Posted on November 12, 2014

Setting the record straight on one super easy, energy-saving action

In response to Boston’s electricity rates on the rise, the City of Boston is working to help residents decrease their energy use. All season long, we’ll be sharing everyday tips to decrease energy use, save money on your bills, and stay cozy at home this winter. First, we’re setting the record straight on one super easy, energy-saving action that will make a huge difference–turning back and programming your thermostat. Preliminary results from a study that the City of Boston participated in with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network shows that one of the easiest and most impactful actions you can take to reduce your carbon footprint and your utility…

Posted on November 12, 2014

Mayor Walsh Releases Draft Climate Action Plan for Public Comment

Today Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the release of the draft 2014 Climate Action Plan for public comment. The City also released the latest municipal greenhouse gas emissions report for fiscal year 2012-2013, which demonstrates a 27 percent reduction in adjusted carbon emissions* since 2005. The City of Boston has reached its goal of a 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions seven years ahead of schedule, and is evaluating setting a new goal. “The 2014 Climate Action Plan update provides a transparent and analytically robust strategy for reaching our climate goals,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “The City of…

Posted on November 10, 2014

Mayor Walsh Composts at Project Oscar

Oscar is more than a green grouch who lives on Sesame Street—the name has become synonymous with the community compost program in the North End and East Boston. Today, Mayor Walsh visited East Boston to learn about Project Oscar. He even brought some of his own food scraps! The Mayor met with members of the East Boston community who have been active in using Project Oscar. The residents gave him a demonstration and provided valuable feedback. Since September, over 200 residents of the North End and East Boston have been participating in the program, dropping off their food scraps at…