Boston Does More with Less

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Love or hate Boston, we have bragging rights for a reason and a new win to celebrate — we’re the most energy-efficient big city in the nation thanks to a new report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

The report covers various aspects from local government to transportation and community initiatives. You can view Boston’s scorecard here to see the total ranking breakdown.

What’s contributed to this major energy win for Boston?

  • Last year, Mayor Walsh released the Greenovate Boston 2014 Climate Action Plan Update, celebrating the city’s progress towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050, and to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

  • The nation’s oldest ballpark and home of our beloved Red Sox gained another title this year: the largest organic rooftop garden in the majors. Not only does it provide fresh, organic vegetables, the garden also reduces energy costs by insulating the building below it and will be a ‘teaching tool’ for area children about healthy eating and the local environment.

  • Greater Boston is doing its part too. Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone launched a GreenTech program to meet the city’s ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. As part of this program, Somerville is engaging members of its community to help mold the city’s energy future. Last month Understory, a startup based out of Greentown Labs, joined the GreenTech program, providing the city of Somerville with its solar-powered weather stations as part of a pilot program.

Other major cities are now looking at Boston as a model for energy efficiency. Places like New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Denver aren’t that far behind us.

How does your city rank? If you’re Oklahoma City, you’re using way too much energy. Here’s an idea to help the environment: you could start cutting back on all the styrofoam cups, Sonic.

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