Green Ribbon Commission

  • BOSTON in 2050:

    sea level rise

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  • BOSTON in 2050:

    sea level rise with major storm

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  • BOSTON in 2100:

    sea level rise

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  • BOSTON in 2100:

    sea level rise with major storm

    Courtesy of Sasaki Associates

The Boston Green Ribbon Commission is a group of business, institutional, and civic leaders in Boston working to develop shared strategies for fighting climate change in coordination with the City’s Climate Action Plan.


GRC Climate Work Continues

Our community faces tremendous challenges at this time, and while the Boston Green Ribbon Commission’s core work focuses on climate change, we recognize that the coronavirus pandemic, racial injustice and economic inequities that have captured our urgent attention are interrelated in important ways. As a membership group, we need to listen and learn from those who are suffering from generations of neglect and all too often deliberate abuse by those in positions of privilege. 

Social justice, public health, and climate equity are one and the same fight

The present moment has crystalized a change in our understanding of the problem. Social justice, public health, and climate equity are one and the same fight. They have to be solved together. As follows, we thought it would be most appropriate to provide a platform for recent statements from Boston’s leaders and some powerful perspectives from diverse leaders that offer their insights into systemic racism:

Climate change is inherently a social equity issue because socially vulnerable communities contribute the least to greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climate change, but they are the most vulnerable to its impacts. This is the case globally, but it is also true here at home in Boston. As we forge ahead to make progress on climate change mitigation and resilience, we are committed to improving conditions that have contributed to economic and racial injustices. Climate resilience without social justice is not sustainable.

We must respect this moment by working harder and changing the way we go at it. The Boston Green Ribbon Commission will re-examine its climate strategies to place stronger emphasis on opportunities to build social equity. We can do better, and we will do better.

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What’s New?

The Green Ribbon Commission, in partnership with the Boston Society for Architecture (BSA), is creating a portfolio of case studies of existing buildings that have significantly reduced their greenhouse gas emissions for the City of Boston and the building industry to reference for best practices as we work toward a Carbon Free Boston. To help develop this robust portfolio of case studies, we are inviting our members and partners to submit buildings that have successfully reduced their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50 percent or more through a combination of energy efficiency retrofits, thermal electrification, and renewable energy generation/procurement. Please visit this link for more information and to submit your case study by the deadline of July 31st.

 

Join the Boston Society for Architecture for Embodied Carbon 101, a 12-part program series designed to give AEC professionals of all shapes and sizes the knowledge they need to incorporate embodied carbon considerations immediately into their work.

 

The “Expanding Boston’s Capacity to Build Coastal Resilience Infrastructure: Lessons from the Seaport District” report covers the challenges of implementing flood protection in areas along Fort Point Channel and Seaport Boulevard facing urgent risks. The report was developed with a citywide lens in order to advance resilience implementation not only in the Seaport but across the city. Read the Executive Summary here and the Full Report here.


City of Boston 2019 Climate Action Plan Update

Carbon Free Boston 2019 Summary Report

Climate Ready Boston Executive Summary Report

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