Posted on November 25, 2014

Putting the power of consumerism to good work

As we head into the holiday season, keep in mind that each hard-earned dollar you spend is a chance to cast your ballot for supporting local, sustainable businesses. So, whether you’re shopping for food to put on the table or gifts under the tree, why not vote to help Boston be a more environmentally and economically sustainable city? Here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping this holiday season: Buy local When you spend your money at a locally-owned, independent business, you can bet that those dollars are going to stay within and support the community. According to the American Independent Business Alliance, independent…

Posted on November 22, 2014

Next stop: 2114

What do a 2013 Boston Marathon medal, a David Ortiz bobble head, an empty Mike’s Pastry box, and a Greenovate Boston pin have in common?They’ll all be viewed by Bostonians in 2014! In September, the Lion and Unicorn on top of the Old State House were taken down for cleaning, when workers found a time capsule from 1901 inside the Lion’s Head. In addition to replicating the old time capsule, a group of historians, preservationists, and community groups took public suggestions about what to put in the new time capsule. Last month we asked for your thoughts on what we…

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…