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Clean Power Purchasing

Boston has a lot at stake when it comes to climate change. With rising sea levels alone, more than $463 billion in Boston’s waterfront assets are at risk of flooding and damage. The Boston Green Ribbon Commission is a group of business, institutional and civic leaders in Boston working to develop shared strategies for fighting […]

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BU Signs Landmark Energy Partnerships

Boston University has taken another big step towards our goal of reducing energy consumption 10% by 2017. In a landmark move, the University has signed memoranda of understanding (MOU) with both National Grid, the University’s natural gas provider, and Eversource Energy, our electricity provider. “BU is one of the largest consumers of energy in the […]

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Renew Boston Trust

Bankable Finance Structures for Energy Efficiency The City of Boston is a leader in energy efficiency, just ask the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) who ranked Boston #1 in its first City Energy Efficiency Scorecard in 2013. Now Boston is poised to build on that leadership to be the first city in the […]

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Universities and the Climate Crisis: Financial Implication of Fossil fuel Divestment

Divest BU is hosting Universities and the Climate Crisis: Financial Implication of Fossil fuel Divestment, an open forum that considers mathematical analysis of financial aspects of fossil fuel divestment; financial risks of stranded assets; divestment as an instrument of social change; and managing fossil-fuel free funds.  The event is being held on February 12 in […]

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Climate Ready in Higher Ed

“Projections indicate that by 2100, it is likely that the Boston area will experience sea level rise of up to 6 feet.  At this level, what we now consider a “100-year storm event” will happen at each high tide, and the new 100-year storm event will mean flooding of up to 30% of the City. […]

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Sea Level Rise Conference Convenes at BU

Venice is building storm surge protection. Helsinki is planning on inviting water in. Boston could do both. As seas rise (10” in Boston in the last century), cities are planning how to prepare for the impacts of climate change, and more specifically, sea level rise. More than 200 attendees and speakers from around the world […]

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Boston Takes Significant Step in Addressing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Buildings

Energy Reporting Ordinance Passes Overwhelmingly in City Council Mayor Menino’s Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance was approved today by the Boston City Council in a 9-4 vote. The Ordinance requires large commercial and residential buildings to report and disclose their energy and water usage, and greenhouse gas emissions in order to encourage investment in energy […]

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A BU Center to Promote Cleaner Cities?

Just one idea proposed at Smarter Cities conference 03.15.2013By Rich Barlow As both an engineer and a motorist, Christos Cassandras feels the pain of drivers on Commonwealth Avenue. Although he usually leaves work after the evening rush has waned, he invariably hits a red light at the BU Bridge, even when there’s no traffic coming on […]

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Breaking the Fossil Fuel Habit

The Promise, and Challenge, of Shifting to Alternative Energy 03.28.2013 By Leslie Friday Think of it as worldwide addiction. At least 80 percent of the energy people use to drive, heat their homes, and power gadgets comes from fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas, and the consumption of all of the above contributes […]

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Tracking Change, Predicting Trouble

By  Century’s End, Arctic Will Feel Like U.S. South By Leslie Friday 03.26.2013 Winter is getting warmer, spring is coming earlier, and plants are enjoying an extended growing season in northern areas. “It’s the initial gold rush,” says Ranga Myneni, a College of Arts & Science professor of earth and environment, but what will follow will […]

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