Environment Department

The Environment Department aims to protect our built and natural environments and provide information on environmental issues affecting Boston. Sound management and environmental practices will help ensure the future of our livable City. The Department maintains Boston's wealth of historic sites, buildings, landscapes, and waterways through protective designation and review processes.

This department oversees the:

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Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance

In 2013, the City of Boston enacted the Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO). This Ordinance requires Boston's large- and medium-sized buildings to report their annual energy and water use to the City of Boston, after which the City makes the information publicly available.

Non-residential buildings over 50,000 square feet, or any set of non-residential buildings on one lot over 100,000 square feet, must report their energy and water use and greenhouse gas emissions by September 15, 2014.

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    LED Street Lights Are Here

    The City has been installing LED street lights all across Boston saving money, reducing energy use and improving the quality of light on city streets.

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  • See a listing of upcoming Environment events.

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