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.

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

New Report Shows Declining Emissions Amidst Growing Economy

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

What happens when a state gets serious about climate change? A new report says the answer, at least in Massachusetts, is a shrinking carbon footprint and a growing economy.

January 07, 2014 | Category: Climate

The Biggest Team Effort in Boston History

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

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?

October 03, 2013 | Category: Climate

A Tale of Two Peaks we Must Climb

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

Reducing GHG emissions 20% by 2020 is no easy task. Yet, 80% by 2050 is whole new kind of undertaking. How different are these two goals?

September 24, 2013 | Category: Climate

Energievergnügen – the joy of (renewable) energy

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

Between 2010 and 2011, committed to building on three decades of solid progress on renewable energy and unnerved by Fukushima, the German parliament enacted a series of polices to shift its power sector away from fossil fuels and nuclear to 80% renewables by 2050.

July 09, 2013 | Category: Climate

Some Things Inspiring in the State of Denmark

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

Copenhagen is on track to become the world's first carbon neutral capital by 2025 – even while attracting 100,000 new residents. In June, Mariella Puerto, Barr Senior Program Officer, joined a group of US-based foundation staff to see firsthand how they were doing it.

June 20, 2013 | Category: Climate

The Invisible Elephant in the Room: Gas Leaks and Climate

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

Two recent reports 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.

January 28, 2013 | Category: Climate

Lessons from a New Effort to Scale Energy Efficiency in Boston

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

One of the most difficult groups to engage in energy efficiency is low- and moderate-income families. 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.

January 07, 2013 | Category: Climate