City of Boston
Both the State of Massachusetts and the City of Boston are making great efforts to drive sustainability in the region. In 2008, Massachusetts enacted the Green Communities Act to improve energy efficiency and encourage investment in renewable energy. This law resulted in the creation of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, which is dedicated to successfully developing and implementing clean energy, and creating jobs in the green economy.
Boston was the first city in the nation that requires a green building standard through municipal zoning requirements. All large construction projects in the city must meet the requirements of theU.S. Green Building Council's LEED certification standards.
As part of this effort, Boston has produced their own Green Building Standard to further minimize environmental impacts associated with building projects. This policy sets development requirements, as well as offering opportunities to gain points for best practices in several areas. These points are included in the calculation toward achieving a LEED Certifiable project, and include categories that encourage efforts such as groundwater recharge and historic renovations.
In 2011, Mayor Menino released an updated Climate Action Plan for the city, titled A Climate of Progress. This report describes the City's approach to greenhouse gas reduction.
To encourage waste minimization, the city provides free weekly recycling services to residents in large apartment buildings and condominiums.
Learn more about the City of Boston’s sustainability initiatives here.