Mayor Thomas M. Menino enlists the City of Boston in the Cities for Climate Protection Campaign spnsored by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability.
Mayor Menino appoints an Energy Advisory Committee to help reduce the City's energy consumption.
The City constructs its first municipal green building, the George Robert White Environmental Conservation Center, and the Mayor appoints a Green Building Task Force to produce a "comprehensive examination of every facet of green building."
Mayor Menino joins other members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in unanimously adopting the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. The mayors agreed that their cities would "strive to meet or exceed Kyoto Protocol targets." The Mayor's Energy Management Board - the successor to the Energy Advisory Committee-completes an Integrated Energy Management Plan (IEMP) for 362 municipal buildings.
The Department of Neighborhood Development receives a $2 million grant from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative to develop green affordable housing. The City begins using biodiesel in its vehicles.
The Boston Zoning Commission adopts a Green Buildings provision, Article 37 Green Buildings amending Boston's zoning code, which requires that projects over 50,000 square feet be "LEED certifiable." Mayor Menino issues an executive order "relative to climate action in Boston," which establishes the goal of and policies for reducing GHG emissions by 80 percent by 2050. The City presents its first round of Green Awards, recognizing businesses and residents pursuing sustainable solutions to local climate issues and publishes its first climate action plan, Climate: Change.
U.S. Energy Secretary Bodman designates Boston a Solar America City. Mayor Menino announces Solar Boston, a two-year $550,000 initiative to increase the amount of installed solar capacity in Boston from half a megawatt in 2008 to 25 megawatts by 2015. Boston ranks as the 6th most sustainable city in the US by SustainLane.com. Mayor Menino signs an Executive Order on Greening Operations, including comprehensive recycling and instituting a green cleaning program. The City presents its second annual Green Awards and expands the program to include Bike-Friendly businesses.
Mayor Menino and former Vice President Al Gore announce the creation of the Climate Action Leadership Committee which will work to revamp the City's Climate Action Plan to help reduce the city's green house gas emissions by 7% below 1990 levels by 2012. The Mayor also announces the Community Advisory Committee, which will coordinate with the Climate Action Leadership Committee to create an action plan that will include the interests of all Bostonians. Mayor Menino announces four major citywide environmental initiatives: the Kill-A-Watt@ program to help residents calculate energy efficiency, the adoption of single-stream municipal recycling for city residents through the Recycle More program, and the Renew Boston Program which will create green jobs and promote energy efficiency.
Mayor Menino's Climate Action Leadership Committee presented its recommendations in its report "Sparking Boston's Climate Revolution" on Earth Day 2010 to the Mayor, providing a comprehensive set of ideas for reducing Boston's contribution to climate change. The Mayor's citywide energy efficiency initiative, Renew Boston, expanded its reach to both Boston businesses and residents, providing free energy audits and weatherization services. The City of Boston partners with the Metropolitian Area Planning Council (MAPC) and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA on regional and national programs to address climate change and sustainability issues. Mayor Menino successfully passed proposals in City Council to adopt the Stretch Energy Code which requires stricter energy efficiency regulations for all new buildings in the City of Boston, and also passed an ordinance for solar energy projects in Boston that will make the process for obtaining solar permits more efficient and less costly.
A Climate of Progress, released by Mayor Menino on Earth Day, is the updated climate action plan for the City of Boston, which encompasses Sparking Boston's Climate Revolution the recommendations from 2010 Sparking A Climate Revolution report from the Climate Action Leadership Committee and the Community Advisory Committee. Menino brings a cutting-edge bike share system to Boston, among the first in a major metropolitan area. The Hubway Bike Sharing system installation will begin in July with 61 stations located across the entire city.