Boston: Green Design, Sustainability, Transportation


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Parks, Land and Harbor Use, Natural History

Massachusetts State Transportation.
: “GreenDOT calls for MassDOT to incorporate sustainability into all of its activities; from strategic planning to project design and construction to system operation. The initiative includes greenhouse gas reduction targets mandated under the Global Warming Solutions Act, signed by Governor Patrick in 2008.” GreenDOT was designed in response to several existing state laws, Executive Orders, and MassDOT policies. These include the 2009 Transportation Reform Law that created MassDOT and established the Healthy Transportation Compact that promotes improved public health through active transportation; the Global Warming Solutions Act, which calls for measurable and enforceable economy-wide greenhouse gas reductions; and MassDOT’s Complete Streets design approach that calls for appropriate accommodation of all transportation system users.


“Boston’s City Hall: end or eve of an era?” in Selected writings on architecture, preservation, and the built environment. James Marston Fitch and Martica Sawin. New York: W.W. Norton, pp. 48-54.
Mugar Library NA27 .F58 2006.

“Macallen Building, Boston, Massachusetts,” in Green architecture now! = Grune Architektur heute! =L’architecture verte d’aujourd’hui!. Philip Jodidio. Los Angeles: Taschen, c2009.
Mugar Library NA2542.36 .J63 2009.

“Indicators and standards at Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area,” Part III of  Parks and carrying capacity : commons without tragedy. Robert E. Manning. Washington, DC : Island Press, c2007.
Science/Engineering Library SB486.P83 M36 2007.

“557/559,” in Integrated Design in Contemporary Architecture. Kiel Moe. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2008, pp. 52-57. 557/559 East Second Street, South Boston. Residential. Also available in print:  Mugar Library Folio NA 2542.36 M64 2008.


Boston Area Sustainability Group (BASG). “… is about bringing sustainability practitioners together to share ideas, experiences andbest practices as to elevate the practice of sustainability.”

BostonCAN.  Boston Climate Action Network.  Click on Resources for information on neighborhood-based sustainability groups; statewide and regional organizations; national and international efforts.

Boston Green Ribbon Commission. “…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.”

Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organizatio (MPO), “… responsible for conducting the federally required metropolitan transportation-planning process (often called the 3C—continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive—process) for the Boston metropolitan area. The MPO uses this process to develop a vision for the region and then decides how to allocate federal and some state transportation funds to programs and projects—roadway, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian—that support that vision. The MPO has identified the following eight main areas of focus for its visions and policies: System preservation, modernization, and efficiency; Mobility; Environment Safety and security; Regional equity; Land use and economic development; Public participation; Finance.”

Boston Society of Architects (BSA) Sustainability Statement. “… Architects have a unique responsibility for the sustainability of the built environment. This responsibility extends beyond the design of high performance buildings to include project siting and impacts on transportation, water, land, air, and habitat.”  BSA publishes the magazine, Architecture Boston; some previous issues are available online.

Boston University Center for Energy and Environmental Studies (CEES)

BUEnergy Club. “… a broad-based group consisting of Graduates, Undergrads, Alumni and Professors that serves as a link between scientists & engineers, entrepreneurs & business-persons, and aspiring policy-makers & government officialsat Boston University and other schools in the Greater Boston Area.”

Emerging Green Builders: BOSTON.  “Emerging Professionals of Massachusetts Chapter of the U.S. Green Builders Council is a social network.”

Environmental and Energy Services, City of “The mission of the Environmental and Energy Services Cabinet is twofold: to preserve and enhance the resources of our built and natural environment and to promote affordable, efficient, reliable and safe energy systems for Boston residents.”

GreenovateBoston. City of  Resources for residents.

John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center). “… To Improve The Nation’s Transportation Systems.” Cambridge, MA.

MetroFuture: Making a Great Boston Region. “… builds on the region’s unique development patterns, with a balanced mix of urban communities, built-up suburbs, and low-density towns. Population and job growth will be concentrated in developed areas already served by infrastructure, with slower growth in less developed areas where infrastructure is more limited.” An initiative of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.

NEXUSBoston, a Project of the Green Roundtable. “… an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to mainstream green, healthy, efficient, and intentional building and development.”

Sustainable Business Leader Program (SBLP) . ” Our goal in creating this program is to assist small to medium size business owners who recognize the importance of making environmentally sustainable improvements but that are often too busy and lacking the resources or time to research alternative practices.”

Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston (SBN-Boston) …engages business and community leaders inbuilding economies that are green, local, and fair.”

Sustainable Cities Institute, National League of Cities.  Type “Boston” in search box for reports, etc.

sustainability@BU. “… comprises a broad range of stakeholder groups on campus to provide the greatest diversity of representation and opinion. The program is made up of sustainability@BU, Dining Services Sustainability, and the Sustainability Committee including the Sustainability Steering Committee and four working groups: Recycling and Waste Management, Energy Conservation, Sustainable Building and Facility Operations, and Communications and Outreach.”  See the entry for Boston University in the  Princeton Review’s Guide to 323 Green Colleges, 2015 edition.

USGBC Students » Sustainability » Boston University (U.S. Green Builders Council)


University of Massachusetts Transportation Center. “The current focus of the Center’s research, education, and training efforts encompasses the following major programs: the UMTC/Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Cooperative Transportation Research Program; the Regional Traveler Information Center (RTIC); the Baystate Roads Program (Local Technical Assistance Program); the Massachusetts Technical Assistance Program (MTAP); the UMass Traffic Research Safety Program (UMassSafe); and, the USDOT University Transportation Center Initiative.” Amherst, MA.

Visualizing MBTA Data: An interactive exploration of Boston’s subway system

Data collected February 2014. This project was created by Michael Barry and Brian Card for a graduate course in Data Visualization at WPI taught by Matthew Ward.

WTS-Boston.  Women’s Transportation Seminar.


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