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Boston Officially Moves Forward with Zero Waste, Hires Consultant and Forms Advisory Committee

Boston Officially Moves Forward with Zero Waste, Hires Consultant and Forms Advisory Committee

The city of Boston has moved forward with its zero waste plan by hiring a consultant. The city announced last spring that it would be pursuing a zero waste plan and spending up to $150,000 for consultants to review current waste operations, including identifying cost savings and efficiency opportunities.

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Cambridge Joins Chicago, NYC With Energy Benchmarking Requirement

Commercial, multifamily and municipal building owners in Cambridge, Mass., will be required to annually benchmark and report their properties’ energy performance in an effort to cut energy waste, lower utility bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Building Energy Usage and Disclosure Ordinance was passed unanimously by the City Council of Cambridge … Read more »

Google Earth, EDF Map Natural Gas Leaks

Google Earth, EDF Map Natural Gas Leaks

Google Earth Outreach and Environmental Defense Fund have partnered to map natural gas leaks under streets of Boston, Indianapolis and New York City’s Staten Island. Leaks like these rarely pose an immediate safety threat, but the leaking natural gas — which is mostly methane — has a powerful effect on … Read more »

Sports Club Achieves Sustainability Milestones

The Longfellow Clubs, a Boston-group of sports clubs, has released details of some of its sustainability measures, showing that it has saved well over a million gallons of water since implementing them in 2006. As part of these efforts, the clubs have done the following: Replaced all urinals with waterless … Read more »

Cities Pledge Carbon Emissions Cuts from Buildings

Cities Pledge Carbon Emissions Cuts from Buildings

Mayors from 10 major US cities pledged to boost the energy efficiency in their buildings as part of an initiative to cut a combined 5 to 7 million tons of carbon emissions annually. The total annual emissions reduction goal is equivalent to the amount of electricity used by 700,000 to nearly … Read more »

Boston Cuts GHGs by 16%

Boston cut emissions from its municipal government operations by 16 percent from 2011 to 2012, with adjusted emissions falling from 165,202 to 138,841 metric tons of CO2e, according to data just released by the city. The reductions help give Boston a total emissions reduction, since FY 2005, of about 51,000 metric … Read more »

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BPI Launches Catalog of Compostable Products

The Biodegradable Products Institute has published what it says is the industry’s first item-level online database of compostable products that provides searchable, product-level information to composters, foodservice companies and consumers. The Compostable Products Catalog will make it easier for companies to find substitutes for non-degradable plastics in their zero-waste efforts, … Read more »

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How to Improve Buildings’ Climate Change Preparedness

Commercial building owners can take steps to increase their climate change resilience by evaluating crucial systems, storm-resistant structure and landscape design, backup power options, and disaster preparedness protocols for facilities staff, says a report by the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) and the Boston Green Ribbon Commission (GRC). Building Resilience … Read more »

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Dreamliner Woes Continue With Brake Issues

A Boeing 787 Dreamliner had to make an emergency landing on Sunday because of a brake system problem, which marks the third time this month that a Dreamliner airplane has run into problems, AFP reports. The United Airlines flight was en route to Denver from Houston when the problem with … Read more »

Green Business Engagement Programs Join Forces

Green Business Engagement Programs Join Forces

Representatives from green business engagement programs are working to create a national association to help companies reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen the coordination and impact of these types of programs across the US. Representatives from 21 such programs met for a first-ever national summit in Boston last month. During … Read more »

Mandatory Benchmarking Not Worth the Cost, Study Says

Boston’s Mayor Thomas Menino wants large commercial buildings in the city to benchmark their energy usage, but a report studying the effects of benchmarking finds that the costs outweigh the benefits. The report, commissioned by the Greater Boston Real Estate Board and authored by Robert Stavins, an environmental economist at … Read more »

Boston Businesses Cut GHG Emissions 4%

Boston Businesses Cut GHG Emissions 4%

The headquarters of Au Bon Pain, Blue Cross-Blue Shield and other Boston businesses participating in the Challenge for Sustainability in 2012 reduced their overall greenhouse gas emissions by 4 percent — or 7,000 pounds — from 2011 figures, according to the program’s organizers. The Challenge for Sustainability includes more than … Read more »