Posted on February 26, 2015

View finalists from Boston Living with Water international climate change competition

Architects, urban planners, designers, climate change advocates, and policymakers got a unique glimpse into what a more resilient and sustainable Boston might look like in the face of sea level rise last night. One proposal envisions a sort of Boston Common in the Fort Point Channel that visitors would explore via canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards. Another imagines elevating a section of Morrissey Boulevard and creating a living laboratory with marsh, aquatic grasses, and shellfish beds underneath. Others contemplate the potential for “water days” in the not-so-distant future where the city is challenged by frequent flooding. These proposals were among…

Posted on February 24, 2015

Mayor Walsh Opens 9th Annual Greenovate Boston Awards

The Oscars may be over, but it’s still award season. Today, Mayor Walsh announced that applications are now open for the Greenovate Boston Awards and the Bike Friendly Business Awards, a sure sign that spring is on its way! Greenovate Boston Awards recognize businesses, community organizations, and individuals who are helping Boston meet its climate and sustainability goals. Awards should focus on a recent project or practice that demonstrated leadership in climate action. Last year’s winners included innovated projects such as the BAC’s Green Alley in the Back Bay, NOAH’s community leadership around climate preparedness, and Bon Me’s sustainable food efforts. For large commercial…

Posted on February 20, 2015

When ice dams happen to you

If your home is starting to resemble an ice castle, then you probably have ice dams (!!). But don’t fret. This common condition is preventable, and can be cured in three easy steps. After several days of snow and cold temperatures, it can happen to anyone. It starts with just a few small icicles. While they are pretty at first, it may mean an ice dam is forming. Ice dams can damage your roof, gutters, and cause water to leak into your attic and home. They are caused by warm air leaking out of your home, melting the snow on your roof or other ledges. Normally, melting…

Posted on February 20, 2015

What could be worse than a snowy forecast? A rainy one.

Well, in terms of flooding at least. Snow and ice can block Boston’s catch basins, leaving snow-melt and rain with no where to go. Clearing snow, ice, and trash from catch basins or storm drains helps prevent our streets from flooding and our waterways free of pollutants. Catch basins help capture “floatables” such as plastic bags and bottles, and heavy sediments, like sand, from being dumped in the harbor. Be a steward of your neighborhood and environment by helping clear out your local catch basin. Here’s how to find one near you: Enter your address in the upper right corner then select…