Topic: Boston

News, reports, speeches, and more from Barr staff, Fellows, grantees, and others to illustrate the challenges we are focused on and what we are learning. 

  • The Biggest Team Effort in Boston History

    How much difference would it make in a city if its business and other leaders signed on to aggressive goals to address climate change, and led by example in their sectors? In Boston, we have been starting to find out. And I am pleased to introduce a new report that details the evolving story of what Boston Mayor Tom Menino once called “the biggest team effort in our city’s history.” 

    Date Posted: October 03, 2013 | Categories: Reports & Studies
    Topics: boston, climate, green ribbon commission
  • The Invisible Elephant in the Room: Gas Leaks and Climate

    For two years, Massachusetts has been ranked number one in the country for energy efficiency. In 2010 alone, reductions in energy use prevented over a billion cubic feet of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere. Two recent reports, however, shine a spotlight on an until-recently unaccounted for source of GHG emissions – methane that leaks from old and leaky pipes that, by the authors’ estimates, mean the state is losing more ground than it’s gaining. Read on…

  • “Greenovating” Barr

    If Boston and Massachusetts are to hit their ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, there is a role for all of us to play. Last fall, I asked my colleagues for examples of what they were doing to help “Greenovate” our city and state. Here is some of what they came up with…

    Date Posted: January 17, 2013
    Topics: boston, climate, greenovate, massachusetts, transportation
  • Lessons from a New Effort to Scale Energy Efficiency in Boston

    One of the most difficult groups to engage in energy efficiency is low- and moderate-income families – even though the potential cost savings are significant, and even though their participation is crucial for cities like Boston with aggressive targets for emissions reductions. Into this gap steps Renew Boston, a one-stop shop to help Boston residents and businesses get into the energy-saving game at no cost. Between August 2010 and April 2012 Renew Boston conducted energy assessments in 6,500 income-eligible households (60%-120% of the state median income) – in addition to its work with businesses. Roughly half of those households receiving energy assessments implemented some or all of the recommendations using utility rebates and federal stimulus funds to pay for the upgrades. To get a better understanding of what worked and what didn’t, Barr commissioned an independent assessment.   For some of the major findings and to download the full report, read on…

    Date Posted: January 07, 2013
    Topics: boston, climate, energy efficiency, evaluation, renew boston
  • Barr Announces Awards to 15 Boston Arts Organizations That Support Young People

    We are pleased to introduce a second cohort of Boston Arts organizations to receive support from Barr Foundation and the Klarman Family Foundation under a new capacity building grants program aimed at enhancing the artistic quality and long-term strength of organizations that support young people in achieving mastery in an art form….

    Date Posted: October 24, 2012 | Categories: Barr News and Views
    Topics: arts and culture, boston, next generation
  • Marion M. Kane

    It is with great sadness that we share the news that Marion Kane, Barr’s first executive director, passed away Monday night in Falmouth, Maine. In the end, she was surrounded by loved ones. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Rd., Falmouth, Maine.

    Date Posted: August 23, 2012 | Categories: Barr News and Views
    Topics: boston, complexity, emergence, marion kane, networks
  • All Things not Being Equal: Equity, Race, and Metro Boston

    What is the state of the American dream in Metro Boston? A new report takes a piercing look at how much the answer to that question still depends on race. At a December event at the Harvard Law School, the report, “The State of Equity in Metro Boston” was officially released. It was funded by Barr as part of its Climate portfolio. At the release, Barr Senior Program Officer, Mary Skelton Roberts, might have talked about why. Instead, she shared a story.

    Date Posted: January 24, 2012 | Categories: Articles & Speeches, Grantees, Reports & Studies
    Topics: boston, climate, equity, mapc