City to Host Second Public Symposium on Greening Government Center
Public invited to hear and comment on conceptual ideas for greening City Hall Plaza
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For Immediate Release
February 06, 2011
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Today Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced that the City of Boston and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will host the second public symposium on the greening of Government Center on Monday, February 7 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Modern Theatre at 523-525 Washington Street in Downtown Crossing.  This symposium provides the second opportunity for the public to comment on the green redesign of Government Center, a project supported by the EPA’s Greening America’s Capitals program, in which Boston was one of 5 capital cities in the nation selected to receive technical assistance from the Agency to achieve realistic greening goals for Government Center.

“Boston is leading the way as a sustainable city with innovative projects and programs such as Greening America’s Capitals,” said Mayor Menino. “This project provides the public and design experts with a unique opportunity to collaborate on a realistic vision to green City Hall Plaza.”

The symposium on Monday, February 7, that will be free and open to the public, will provide the public with an opportunity to hear ideas on the initial design and observations for the greening of Government Center. The Boston-based firm, Utile Inc., led an EPA sponsored design charrette in December to begin the creative and innovative process to facilitate the vision for Government Center.  Tim Love of Utile and Gary Hilderbrand of Reed Hilderbrand Associates will be presenting the initial recommendations for the redesign from the December charrette. The presentation will be followed by commentary from a panel composed of Alex Krieger of Chan Krieger NBBJ and Ted Landsmark of the Boston Architectural.  Jim Hunt, who serves as the Mayor’s Chief of Environmental and Energy Services, will serve as the moderator for the symposium, and will be fielding questions and comments from the audience.

The work to green Government Center comes from the EPA’s innovative new project, Greening America’s Capitals, which is a partnership between the EPA, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the US Department of Transportation (DOT). Boston was selected from a total of 38 cities vying for design assistance from the EPA. The City was chosen after demonstrating high quality green community development practices to create interesting, unique neighborhoods with multiple social, economic, environmental and public health benefits. 

The presentation and panel discussion will be followed by an opportunity for public questions and commentary to the Symposium participants.



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