Hear from staff and partners about aspirations, accomplishments, and lessons learned along the way.

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

Doors Open

Melinda Marble

Guest Author · Former Deputy Director

"Doors Open" is a new short film featuring three schools that opened their doors for the very first time in Boston this fall. Each school is a compelling story—of vision, mission, and bright hopes for kids. Looked at together in this film, they are also part of an even bigger story about breakthroughs in old debates about public education.

January 08, 2013 | Category: Education

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

Networks, Fun, and Healthy Competition Spur Boston Businesses on Sustainability

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

In Boston and most cities, the majority of GHG emissions come from buildings (in Boston, they are responsible for 74% of the city's carbon footprint).

December 05, 2012 | Category: Climate

Welcoming Barr's New Arts Senior Program Officer

In September, Barr hosted a reception for arts grantees to officially welcome and meet San San Wong, the foundation's first full-time Senior Program Officer for arts and culture.

November 12, 2012 | Category: Arts & Creativity

Massachusetts Named Most Energy Efficient State (Again)

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

For the second year in a row, Massachusetts nabbed the number spot on a list ranking states by their energy efficiency initiatives. In this post, Senior Program Officer Mariella Puerto talks to Ian Bowles, former Secretary of Energy and Environment for Massachusetts, and Jeremy McDiarmid, Massachusetts Director at Environment Northeast, to find out what this designation means, how Massachusetts got it, and what it will take to keep the momentum going.

October 30, 2012 | Category: Climate

Barr Announces Awards to 15 Boston Arts Organizations That Support Young People

San San Wong

E. San San Wong

Director of Arts & Creativity

We are pleased to introduce a second cohort of Boston arts organizations to receive support from Barr 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.

October 24, 2012 | Category: Arts & Creativity

The Little Cities that Could (and Did and Are...)

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

A new approach in greater Boston is showing early promise accelerating efforts to save money and reduce our carbon footprint.

October 02, 2012 | Category: Climate

Authentic Relationships and Unintended Consequence

Pat Brandes

Guest Author · Former Executive Director

What would it take for a group of nonprofit leaders to be honest, open, and trusting enough with a funder to really share their wisdom—even their critiques of strategy and of how philanthropy works? For Barr, the answer was a happy accident of another challenge we were trying to address.

September 25, 2012 | Category: Barr Fellows

A Double Bottom Line Win in Massachusetts

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

Some low-income residents can spend up to 40% of their incomes on energy and that building emissions are unnecessarily high.

September 18, 2012 | Category: Climate