For three years, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) – a collaborative effort of 10 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states – has been testing the nation's first cap-and-trade scheme to reduce carbon emissions.
Since late this summer, Governor Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Murray have been calling for renewed debate – and an "adult conversation" – about transportation finance in the Commonwealth. Business-as-usual is 1) not sustainable and 2) can only undermine the State's aggressive climate and energy goals. Three recent reports offer rich fodder for that conversation to occur. Lizzi Weyant, Staff Attorney of MASSPIRG breaks them down to their key insights.
For the first time in the life of its energy efficiency scorecard, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) named a state other than California in the number one spot. In a first guest post, Jeremy McDiarmid, Massachusetts Director of Barr-grantee Environment Northeast talks about what it took and what it means that Massachusetts is now the national leader on energy efficiency.
Like many cities, Boston has a Climate Action Plan. Yet, the City has more than a plan for reducing its carbon footprint. It also has the engagement of multiple sectors of the community and their shared commitment to make big changes. A new report commissioned by the Barr Foundation details how.
A new report from Living Cities and the Institute for Sustainable Communities
A new report from the National Wildlife Federation
The problem that Lawrence, Massachusetts faces is familiar: how to restore a dying industrial city. But the answer is far from what community and economic developers are accustomed to trying. In quite unconventional ways, it builds heavily upon the social connections of individuals throughout the city to develop new leadership, vision, and change.
Unchecked Climate change will put world at ‘tipping point’, WWF and Allianz report says.
A new study by Northeastern University shows that environmental racism and injustice are still urgent problems. Of the 30 most environmentally overburdened communities in Massachusetts, 24 are communities of color. The top 30 list includes all of Boston's neighborhoods except one.
A best practices guide for healthy and sustainable building design, construction, and operations for the healthcare industry developed by Health Care Without Harm.