On Earth Day 2011, Mayor Thomas M. Menino released A Climate of Progress, the City of Boston's Climate Action Plan update. Based on the wide-ranging recommondations from the Climate Action Leadership Committee's Sparking the Climate Revolution, A Climate of Progress is Boston's blueprint for meeting the goal of 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emission by 2020.
In March 2009, Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced the formation of the Boston Climate Action Leadership Committee and Community Advisory Committee. The charge to the committees was to give recommendations to the Mayor on the next set of goals, policies, and programs that Boston should establish for itself as it confronts the risks and opportunities of global climate change. Following a year-long public process, the committees presented Mayor Menino with a consensus report: Sparking Boston's Climate Revolution. The report contains wide-ranging recommendations for reducing Boston's contribution to climate change, addressing the changes we cannot avoid, and engaging the entire Boston community in the effort.