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.

The Environment Department Oversees:

Air Pollution Control Commission 
Protects air quality through air pollution, noise, and parking freeze regulations

Boston Landmarks Commission
Preserves historic properties through regulatory review and providing information on best practices

Historic District Commissions
Reviews exteropr design changes in nine local Historic Districts

Boston Conservation Commission
Protects and preserves wetlands and Boston's natural areas

City Archaeology Program
Manages the City's archaeology resources

Environmental Review / Impact Assessment
Analyzes development projects for potential environmental impacts 

For complete coverage of Boston's sustainability initiatives, please visit:

Office of Environment, Energy and Open Space


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 May 15, 2014.

Learn More

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    Greenovate Boston Initiative Launches

    On May 14, the City of Boston launched the Greenovate Boston initiative with a new interactive website, a city-wide advertising campaign, and sustainability goals for Boston businesses and residents. Greenovate Boston is a collective movement that will engage residents and businesses to help meet the City of Boston's greenhouse gas reduction goals. Learn more at GreenovateBoston.org and follow us on Twitter @GreenovateBos and Facebook for updates throughout the year.

    GreenovateBoston.org »

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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.

    LED Information »

News & Press Releases »


Calendar »

  • See a listing of upcoming Environment events.

    View Calendar »

Forms, Guidelines, and Regulations

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