|The mission of the Environmental and Energy Services Cabinet is to preserve and enhance the resources of our built and natural environment, and to promote safe, reliable, affordable, and efficient energy systems for Boston. The cabinet oversees the Inspectional Services Department, the Environment Department, and teh Parks Department, chairs the Mayor's Energy Management Board, and coordinates programs and policies on recycling, green buildings, renewable energy, park planning, and groundwater.
Environmental and Energy Services
Inspectional Services Department
Department of Neighborhood Development
Boston Water & Sewer Commission
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
Boston Groundwater Trust
March 15th, 4:30-8:30, Community Workshop on Climate Action, Hibernian Hall, 182 Dudley Street
March 16th, 3-4:30PM, Boston Harbor Islands Partnership Meeting, WilmerHale Offices, 60 State Street
March 18th, 4-6PM, Boston Groundwater Trust Meeting, Lenox Hotel, 61 Exeter Street
March 20th, 11AM-5PM, BNAN Anuual Gardeners' Gathering, Curry Student Center, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Avenue
March 27th, 8:30-9:30PM, Earth Hour, Citywide
April 7th, 6-8PM Allston-Brighton CDC's 6th Annual Green Gathering, The German Int'l Schol, 57 Holton Street
2010 Named 2nd Best City for Cleantech Jobs by Fast Company
2009 Named Best City for Cleantech Companies by Fast Company
2009 Named 8th Greenest 'Smart City' by Natural Resources Defense Council
2009 Named 2nd Best City to Start a CleanTech Company by BusinessWeek
2009 Environmental Merit Awards by the US EPA for Lights Out Boston and Solar Boston Programs
2008 Water Environment Federation Leadership Award
2008 Named 6th Greenest City in the US by SustainLane.com
2008 Named the 3rd Greenest City in US by Popular Science
2008 Outstanding Achievement Award, Sierra Club
2008 Municipal Leadership Award by the Environmental League of Massachusetts
2008 Outstanding Commitment to Sustainable Development Award by ICLEI
2008 Environmental Merit Award by the US EPA for Outstanding Efforts in Preserving New England's Environment
2007 Solar America City by the Department of Energy
2007 Commonwealth of Massachusetts Leading by Example Innovation Award
2007 Largest Municipal Consumer of Renewable Energy in New England award by AltWheels
Community Workshops on Climate Action
Over 130 Boston area students showed their passion for greening our City by attending a community workshop on climate action February 27th. The students helped kick off a series of community workshops throughout the city hosted by the Mayor's Climate Leadership Committee and the Community Advisory Committee. Mayor Menino and Jim Hunt, Chief of Environment & Energy, greeted young people from across the city that represents each of Boston’s diverse neighborhoods. The students engaged in instant polling, group discussions, and provided feedback on draft climate mitigation proposals.
Since the Saturday kick-off event, additional community workshops have been held across the city engaging residents in the planning process. The final workshop will take place on March 15th at Hibernian Hall/Roxbury Center for the Arts in Roxbury. Please encourage people to sign up for the workshop here.
ARRA Stimulus Plan Goes 'Green'
Mayor Menino recently released the Year One Report on ARRA
highlighting projects funded in Boston showcasing a new analytical measure to determine the sustainable value of these investments. The Sustainable Return on Investment (SORI) measurement tool determines the full value of these projects based on economic, social, and environmental costs. Aspects such as green industry creation, increased energy efficiency and security, greenhouse gas reductions, job creation, and return on investment are all considered in SORI’s analysis. The city expects to realize $87.6 million in sustainability benefits to Boston through ARRA funding and a total
leveraged investment of $162.9 million. Direct benefits include: 34.4 million fewer kWh of electricity consumed and 25,150 fewer tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Learn more about ARRA in Boston and Mayor Menino’s Recovery Plan here
ISD Helps Children 'Breathe Easy'
The Breathe Easy at Home program is designed to improve access and communication between medical resources and families for children with asthma. Through this collaborative program, doctors, nurses, or other health care professionals can refer patients with asthma for housing inspections if they suspect substandard housing conditions may be triggering a child's asthma in the home. Triggers such as the presence of cockroaches, mice, or mold and moisture problems can cause serious issues for children with asthma. This innovative program will track kids through the inspection, violation prepartion, re-inspection, and housing court systems and also work to improve communication between medical, public health and housing workers in hopes of reducing these conditions. Learn more
about Breathe Easy.
Join the City of Boston for Earth Hour 2010
on March 27th
Earth Hour 2010 will take place on Saturday, March 27th from 8:30 to 9:30 pm. We are asking all participants to extinguish all non-essential lighting during this time period. Earth Hour is a community engagement initiative organized by the World Wildlife Fund to raise awareness about climate change and had over 1000 participating cities last year.
To learn more about the program, please visit Boston's Earth Hour.
Mayor Menino, Mass Audubon, and area property owners and managers are pleased to continue Lights Out Boston for the spring migratory bird season. Under this voluntary program, participating building owners and managers agree to turn off or dim all architectural and internal lighting between 11 PM and 5 AM during the migratory season. Partners of Lights Out Boston own and operate buildings that comprise over 23 million square feet of commercial office space in Boston. These skyscrapers will set an example that encourages everyone to use energy more
Lights Out Boston will protect migrating birds, which have difficulty adapting to an urban environment. When a city skyline—especially buildings over 30 stories high—is brightly lit at night, the lights can confuse the birds. Scientists are unsure of the exact reason for this problem, but do know that birds can fly as low as 500 feet during inclement weather and skyscrapers are the most visible part of the city to migrating birds. Please visit Lights Out Boston for more information.
'Greening' Historic Preservation Projects
Being green and energy efficient does not have to translate into buying new and throwing out the old. By maintaining and retrofitting older homes, you can save both dollars and energy, without losing the historic character of the structures. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has an online Weatherization Guide for Older and Historic buildings that offers information on energy audits, windows, insulation, roofing, and mechanical systems. It also offers a resource bank for those looking for more in-depth information. Check out the National Trust's Weatherization Guide. Make sure to check with the Boston Landmarks Commission if you are planning any renovation of structures that fall within the historical districts.
Census 2010: Stand Up & Be Counted
Volunteers are gearing up for the 2010 Census in Boston. Every year, the federal government allocates more than $400 billion to states and communities based in part on census data, including the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant allocated to Boston this year. It is important to encourage all residents to be counted this year. A census questionnaire will be sent out in March and will ask 10 simple questions geared to learn key demographic information. Please be on the lookout for the questionnaire and make sure to fill it
out! Go to www.census.gov for more information.
Celebrate Earth Day with the
Boston Children's Museum
The Boston Children's Museum will be hosting a full slate of events to celebrate Earth Day Thursday April 22. There will be a variety of family-friendly activities sponsored by local organizations designed specifically for children including musical performances, outdoor activities, and hands-on projects. For more information, please visit the Boston Children's Museum or call Brianne Studer at 617-426-6500 ext. 263.
From the Desk of Jim Hunt
I hope you find the information in our newsletters informative. My staff and I strive to keep you up to date on what the City’s Office of Environmental and Energy Services is doing to Green Boston. We want to hear from you. If you have an idea or if there is something you would like to comment on, please feel free to to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org