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Boston Prepares for Climate Change

Last month, Mayor Marty Walsh announced the release of Boston’s 2019 Climate Action Plan Update. The city’s plan unveils clear strategies to accelerate action and immediate steps to reduce carbon emissions over the next five years, starting with zero net carbon construction in all new city-owned buildings.

       Buildings account for approximately two thirds of Boston’s emissions. Moving forward, the city of Boston will only construct buildings that are optimally efficient, have no on-site fossil fuel combustion and that can satisfy their yearly energy needs through clean, renewable energy. Existing buildings will continue to be made more energy-efficient through continued upgrades in lighting, insulation and water conservation measures.

Vehicle fleets will also become greener. The new plan supports the adoption of electric and other zero-emission vehicles, including installing chargers in six municipal lots in the next few months, before expanding to additional locations.

To read the updated climate action plan, visit