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

Massachusetts Unseats California as National Leader on Energy Efficiency

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

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.

October 21, 2011 | Category: Climate

Barr Fellows Making Hyperlocal News

Stefan Lanfer

Stefan Lanfer

Director of Communications

Barr Fellows with links to Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood (a.k.a. “JP”) were recently featured in the JP Gazette.

September 06, 2011 | Category: Barr Fellowship

Helping by Not Helping

Jesus Gerena

Jesús Gerena

Managing Partner, Family Independence Initiative

Melinda Marble

Guest Author · Former Deputy Director

An interview between Barr’s Deputy Director Melinda Marble and Jesús Gerena of Family Independence Initiative, with Stefan Lanfer, knowledge officer.

August 23, 2011 | Category: Cross-Program Initiatives

Three Barr Fellows Named Among State’s Top Innovators

The Boston Globe names Lyndia Downie, Bill Walczak, and Margarita Muñiz to prestigious list.

May 23, 2011 | Category: Barr Fellowship

Generating Change

Mariella Puerto

Mariella Puerto

Co-Director of Climate

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.

December 29, 2010 | Category: Climate

Scaling Up Building Energy Retrofitting in U.S. Cities

A new report from Living Cities and the Institute for Sustainable Communities

December 09, 2010 | Category: Climate

More Extreme Heat Waves: Global Warming’s Wake Up Call

A new report from the National Wildlife Federation

December 08, 2010 | Category: Climate

Announcing the 2011 Class of Barr Fellows

The Barr Fellows Program honors the contributions of some of the most gifted and experienced leaders in the Boston area.

December 08, 2010 | Category: Barr Fellowship

Major Tipping Points in Earth's Climate System and Consequences for the Insurance Sector

Lauren Woody

Guest Author · Former Program Assistant

Unchecked Climate change will put world at ‘tipping point’, WWF and Allianz report says.

December 08, 2010 | Category: Climate

Lawrence Community Works

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.

December 08, 2010 | Category: Climate