Green Ribbon Commission

  • BOSTON in 2050:

    sea level rise

    Sasaki Associates, Inc.
  • BOSTON in 2050:

    sea level rise with major storm

    Courtesy of Sasaki Associates
  • BOSTON in 2100:

    sea level rise

    Courtesy of Sasaki Associates
  • 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.


Metropolitan Boston Health Care Energy & Greenhouse Gas Profile 2011 through 2019, and 2030 Projection

Findings from a just-released report produced by Health Care Without Harm on behalf of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission show that Boston health facilities cut emissions by 18 percent from 2011 through 2019, despite serving more patients and expanding health care facility space by 10 percent. While these findings are both promising and impressive, they also underscore the significant work that still must take place to ensure the City of Boston will reach the goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. Check out the full report to learn more about the report’s findings and projections for the sector as we approach 2030.


Boston Green Ribbon Commission Climate Action Briefing Series

As the GRC enters its second decade of aggressive and equitable climate action work, we also, for the first time in history, have alignment at the City, State, and Federal level on our climate targets – a major opportunity when it comes to climate action in Boston. Following the release of our 2021-2025 Strategic Plan and amidst this new era of bold climate action, the GRC has created a briefing document to provide an overview of the GRC and summarize our critical next steps. Read here.


GRCx Green Ribbon Commission Climate Action Exchange

GRCx is an interactive virtual program series designed to accelerate the implementation of the City’s Climate Action Plan by providing high-quality, useful content on climate resilience and carbon mitigation to the Boston community. Learn more and register here.

Next Up: July 28th, 2021 – GRCx Accelerating Decarbonization of the Wholesale Energy Market


Councilor Matt O’Malley introduces BERDO 2.0

At the June 16th Boston City Council Meeting, Councilor O’Malley introduced an amendment to Boston’s Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO) that would set emissions caps on buildings larger than 35,000 square feet starting in 2025 and buildings larger than 20,000 square feet starting in 2030. It was unanimously endorsed by the rest of the City Council members. Boston cannot achieve its carbon reduction goals without building emissions caps, and we commend Councilor O’Malley and the City of Boston for starting this critical work – The GRC looks forward to working with Councilor O’Malley and Mayor Janey to refine this ordinance and make it a critical tool for building a carbon-free future for Boston. Read the ordinance amendment here.


In the News

GRC members Bud Ris and Carole Charnow discussed the climate risks facing Boston’s Seaport District and swift actions that must be taken to protect the booming financial hub – which also happens to be one of the most vulnerable waterfront areas in Boston with WBUR. Read the full piece here.


Boston Green Ribbon Commission Five-Year Strategic Plan 

As the GRC enters its second decade, we engaged in a strategic planning process to determine where we go from here and how the GRC network can add the most value in this next phase of city climate work. This strategic plan lays out our mission, vision, theory of change, values, key action areas and priority projects for the next five years from 2021 through 2025. Read here.


City of Boston 2019 Climate Action Plan Update

Carbon Free Boston 2019 Summary Report

Climate Ready Boston Executive Summary Report

 

Working Groups

Resources

Funders