Posted on December 18, 2014

North Bennet Street School finishes first in Race to Solar

The energy scene in Boston just got a little brighter. Yesterday, December 17, Mayor Walsh, along with Cambridge Mayor David P. Maher and representatives of the Race to Solar program, cut the ribbon on a new 50 kW solar project at the North Bennet Street School. The North Bennet Street School is the first nonprofit organization to install solar under Race to Solar, a new program launched earlier this year to help local nonprofits go solar. The 50kW system will produce 20% of the school’s electricity and is expected to reduce energy costs by $270,000 over 30 years “This school…

Posted on December 11, 2014

Local hospitals lead the way in fighting climate change

Today, the Boston Green Ribbon Commission (GRC), along with Health Care Without Harm, released a report analyzing the nation’s first-ever, sector-wide energy use database. Hospitals and healthcare buildings in Boston have reduced energy use by 6% reduction. Boston is fortunate to be home to some of the world’s leading healthcare institutions. They create jobs, conduct cutting-edge research, and save lives–all pretty important tasks. However, hospitals and their associated facilities are some of the most energy intensive building uses out there. Partners Healthcare, for example, once used almost as much energy as the entire city of Cambridge in order to do the work necessary to save lives!…

Posted on December 10, 2014

Greenovate Boston highlights from Mayor Walsh’s Chamber Speech

Today Mayor Walsh addressed the Boston Chamber of Commerce, a business advocacy group, and spoke of the importance of green technology, sustainable buildings, and energy efficiency at the 2014 Government Affairs Forum (applause!). His speech touched upon a number of challenges the city is facing, from education to public safety to development. The Mayor spoke extensively on Boston’s growing economy and population and what that means for the future of Boston. “To build a truly thriving, healthy, and innovative Boston—growth by itself isn’t good enough,” said Mayor Walsh. “Our duty at this moment is to make sure our city doesn’t just grow bigger, it grows…

Posted on December 9, 2014

Chief Swett kicks off ABC’s Challenge for Sustainability

Today, Chief Swett joined A Better City (ABC) to kickoff the 2015 Challenge for Sustainability. Since 2009, ABC’s Challenge for Sustainability has been helping Boston companies and property owners increase energy efficiency, reduce waste and cut their greenhouse gas emissions. “The Challenge is a unique and incredible program that is making measurable greenhouse gas reductions within the Large Building and Institution sector,” said Brian Swett, Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space. Since 2009, Challenge for Sustainability participants have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by over 18 percent, helping achieve the Greenovate Boston goal of 25 percent reduction by 2020. At today’s kickoff, ABC…