Mayors Voices: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on New Climate Action Plan
The City of Boston has long been a leader on climate action. Since 2005, we’ve been tracking our greenhouse gas emissions, from both municipal operations and the entire city. And we’ve been making great progress. Citywide emissions are down 17 percent, while municipal emissions are down 27 percent since 2005. We are well on our way to achieving our goal of a 25 percent reduction in citywide emissions by 2020; and we’ve already surpassed this goal for municipal operations. However, we still have work to do. The Greenovate Boston 2014 Climate Action Plan, which I released on January 15th, not only provides a clear road map to achieve our 2020 goal, but it also takes a first look at how we reach Boston’s 2050 goal of an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
Created from a year-long community process, the Plan lays out concrete steps and a vision for reducing greenhouse gases and preparing for the impacts of climate change in Boston. For the first time, Boston has sector-specific greenhouse gas reduction targets, as well as program participation targets. With these more tangible targets, such as the number of no-cost home energy assessments needed by 2020, the Plan empowers —> Read More Here