Posted on October 15, 2014

Will Greenovate Boston be in the next time capsule?

By now you’re probably familiar with the story of the time capsule found inside the lion on top of the Old State House. While the contents have been speculated and only recently revealed, the Bostonian Society is already in the process of creating a new time capsule to replace the old one–and they’re taking our suggestions! Greenovate Boston is thrilled to announce that the Bostonian Society has invited us to suggest items to be submitted into the 2014 capsule, and we want to hear from you! There are some restrictions, for example; nothing like this. Also, all suggested items should be able…

Posted on October 9, 2014

Mayor’s New Housing Plan Means a Greener Boston

Today, Mayor Walsh unveiled “Housing a Changing City: Boston 2030”—the administration’s first housing plan, and perhaps, the country’s greenest. The plan includes an entire chapter dedicated to green and sustainable housing. It also incorporates the city’s carbon reduction goals and targets set forth by the city’s Climate Action Plan, which aims for a 7% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the residential sector by 2020 from 2013 levels. Boston is growing, which surprisingly can be a great thing for greenhouse gas emissions. That is because, typically, people who live in cities have much smaller carbon footprints from driving less and…

Posted on October 7, 2014

Boston has a plan for significantly reducing its carbon footprint

On October 3rd, Boston’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) Steering Committee met for the third and final time to create Boston’s plan for reaching its carbon reduction and climate preparedness goals. In this blog series, we’ll review the goals and targets, plus provide a sneak preview to the draft strategies for just how we, as Bostonians, can reach Boston’s citywide carbon reduction goals. __ The 2014 CAP Update Steering Committee, as well as the sub-committees, have been working hard over the past eight months to update Boston’s plan to reduce emissions 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050. At last Friday’s…

Posted on September 29, 2014

More Funding, More Clean Energy

What can you do with $1.3 million worth of renewable energy funding? Well, if you’re the City of Boston the answer is quite a bit. On Thursday, September 25 the City received $1.3 million through Governor Patrick’s Community Clean Energy Resiliency Initiative to make Boston greener and more prepared for climate change through the use of renewable energy at Boston’s emergency shelters. The City will use this funding to install solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays with battery storage at four Boston Center for Youth and Families (BCYF) facilities: Curtis Hall, Tobin Community Center, Shelburne Community Center, and Roslindale Community Center. These facilities serve…