Posts by Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto is a co-director for Climate, managing Barr’s grantmaking and other initiatives that catalyze the transition to a clean-energy economy. This includes promoting policies and practices that accelerate the adoption of energy efficiency and renewable power sources in the New England region and connecting to similar efforts nationally.

For Second Time, Boston Named Nation’s Most Energy-Efficient City

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

ACEEE Scorecard spotlights innovative ways cities are saving energy.

May 26, 2015 | Category: Climate

Invisible Elephant in Climate Room Much Bigger Than We Thought

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

New report finds extent of natural gas leaks three times greater threat to climate goals than previously expected.

April 22, 2015 | 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

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

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

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

New Study Finds Massachusetts Climate Policy Yields Economic Gains for State

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

A new report released this week by the Boston-based Analysis Group summarizes the significant benefits to Massachusetts of its signature climate and energy policy – the Green Communities Act of 2008.

March 05, 2014 | Category: Climate

A Route to Climb Everest

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

A new report from Environment Northeast suggests a pathway to reach the daunting, but necessary goal of reducing carbon emissions by 80% by 2050.

February 18, 2014 | Category: Climate

Boston Businesses Show Art of Possible on Climate Action

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

At a kickoff for a new cohort of Boston-area businesses embracing the "Challenge for Sustainability," I had the chance to talk about the part they play in creating a more sustainable (and hopeful) world.

January 30, 2014 | Category: Climate