For Immediate Release
June 30, 2011
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Today, as Mayor Thomas M. Menino addressed the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in Chicago regarding sustainable buildings and job creation in the green technologies industry, the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked Boston fifth in the United States and sixth in North America for environmental sustainability.
The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Green City Index ranks Boston fifth in the country, earning top scores in the categories of energy and water use per person. Mayor Menino’s remarks about high performance buildings in major urban cities, stressed the connection between sustainability planning and job creation as the future for Boston. A leader in sustainability, Boston was the first city in the nation to adopt commercial green building standards and to launch Renew Boston, a nationally recognized energy efficiency program that aims to reduce energy use by investing in the local economy.
“This study serves as further proof that we are taking the necessary steps to ensure the green future of our city, not just for this generation, but for the ones to follow,” Mayor Menino said. “Taking care of the environment is and always will be a key component for Boston’s success. Sustainability means a cleaner and healthier environment, one that will encourage residents to stay and attract businesses to help boost our economy.”
At the CGI conference, Mayor Menino highlighted the City of Boston’s sustainable investments in our building infrastructure, including the Boston Housing Authority’s (BHA) $63 million energy performance contract with Ameresco to implement integrated water and energy conservation measures, the largest Energy Saving Performance Contract in the country for public housing. Boston is also second only to San Francisco in green buildings and recently adopted the Massachusetts Stretch Energy Code, requiring 20% energy improvement across all new commercial and residential buildings above the base energy code.
The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Green City Index study measures the environmental performance of 27 leading sustainable cities in the United States and Canada and their commitment to reducing their negative environmental impacts in the future, with Boston ranking sixth overall in North America. Supported by Siemens, the Economist Intelligence Unit worked with an independent panel of experts in the field of urban sustainability to compile the data used to assess the cities. To read the full report, go to www.siemens.com/entry/cc/en/greencityindex.htm.
For more on the City of Boston's sustainability accomplishments, go to: www.cityofboston.gov/environmentalandenergy/accomplishments/.