Category: Climate

Boston Preparing for the Storms Ahead

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

More than sixty inches of snow falling in fewer than three weeks has most Bostonians saying uncle. However, these superstorms—or "snowmaggedons"—are not expected to let up any time soon.

February 13, 2015 | Category: Climate

Boston Hospitals Achieve Healthy Reductions in Energy Consumption

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

New data shows Boston hospitals have cut their energy use by six percent over the last three years, despite continued facility growth. These reductions have not only saved the hospitals $12 million—they have helped put Boston on track to achieving its ambition climate goals.

January 20, 2015 | Category: Climate

Join the Conversation about Boston’s Transportation Future

Mary Skelton Roberts

Mary Skelton Roberts

Co-Director of Climate

What’s your question about getting around Boston in the future? Go Boston 2030 is a new campaign to shape the future of how people get around our city.

January 14, 2015 | Category: Climate

Districts—An Ambitious, but Achievable Scale for Energy Transformation

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

What will it take to catalyze and accelerate the kind of energy transformation required to increase reliability, enhance resilience, meet ambitious climate goals, and create economic development opportunities? And what role can foundations play? Key takeaways from a recent gathering of funders interested in urban sustainability sponsored by the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.

December 17, 2014 | Category: Climate

From the President – December 2014

Jim Canales

James E. Canales

President & Trustee

As 2014 draws to a close, three key decisions that will guide Barr into its next era.

December 15, 2014 | Category: From the President

Little Cities that Could (and Did) Show Leadership on Climate

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

Learn about a Barr grantee that has been creating its own climate playbook.

November 13, 2014 | Category: Climate

Why Not Go for Gold in Boston?

Mary Skelton Roberts

Mary Skelton Roberts

Co-Director of Climate

Over the last year, Barr has sponsored a study group of Boston transportation, development, and community leaders to explore whether Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) could be viable here.

October 14, 2014 | Category: Climate

Rewriting the Playbook on How we Get Around

As Boston prepares for a citywide visioning process on the future of mobility, one Barr grantee has been priming the pump with bold ideas and new thinking about what a world-class transportation network might look like.

June 18, 2014 | Category: Climate

A Broader View of Community Transformation

Mary Skelton Roberts

Mary Skelton Roberts

Co-Director of Climate

To the benefit of the communities they serve, many nonprofits take a broader view of their work than their funders.

June 13, 2014 | Category: Climate

Helping the Green Economy Work for All

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

If we care about equity, we ignore climate change at our peril. Climate change is an inequity expander and accelerator. But it doesn't have to be. The Green Justice Coalition, a Barr grantee, has been showing the way to meet both climate and equity goals.

May 09, 2014 | Category: Climate