Posted on October 30, 2014

Statement from Chief Brian Swett on the Loss of Mayor Menino

“Today, I join my colleagues and the citizens of Boston in mourning the loss of and celebrating the life of one of its greatest leaders. Mayor Menino was a true champion of the environment, the parks, historic preservation, and smart, forward looking development of our City. While Mayor Menino himself did not consider himself a visionary, he recognized that the role of City leadership is not just to think about the next year, but also the next decade and the next generation, and he put Boston on a path to being a vibrant, dynamic, and sustainable City for generations to…

Posted on October 29, 2014

Mayor Walsh Launches Regional Climate Preparedness Effort

International Design Competition Kicks off and Other Efforts to Prepare for Climate Change Today, on the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the City of Boston will be convening a regional summit to better prepare Greater Boston for the impacts of climate change. The announcement also marked the kickoff of an international design competition focused on climate preparedness, as well as an update of the City of Boston’s ongoing climate efforts. “There is no issue more urgent than climate action. When we work together, the steps we take do more than protect us: they can bring…

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…