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Mattapan United Featured on WBUR

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Boston’s WBUR news station showcased the efforts of Mattapan United in this morning’s broadcast, which highlighted the upbeat attitude of a community in transition. Mattapan United is a community-driven initiative aimed at improving the quality of life for Mattapan residents. The program is funded by the Boston LISC office and based upon LISC’s Resilient Communities/Resilient Families comprehensive community building model. As voiced by resident Sharon Callender in the WBUR piece: "'This is a community that continues to thrive, and not just thrive, they continue to blossom and grow.'" 

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Early Bird registration ends 10/11 for upcoming EcoDistrict Summit

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Mike Davis - October 9, 2013 

Boston LISC is proud to support the upcoming EcoDistricts Summit that is coming to Boston November 12-14.  Early Bird registration ends on Friday, October 11th- so don't miss the opportunity save $100 off registration. The event is dedicated to promoting urban sustainability from the neighborhood up and will showcase inspiring speakers and plenary panels, informative education sessions, tours of emerging Boston ecodistricts, a research symposium with leading Boston universities and more.  Each year, the Summit convenes municipal policymakers, developers, business leaders, planners, and community leaders to share best practices and shape the growing movement to make our cities more resilient, vibrant, resource-efficient and just.

LISC is excited to participate in the conference, along with neighborhood partners, and the City of Boston.  One highlight is the Talbot Norfolk Triangle Eco Innovation District, located in Codman Square, has been chosen as the summit's Legacy Project. LISC has been providing technical assistance to local partners over the last year to use the LEED ND framework as a tool to drive quality of life improvements in the neighborhood.   Transit Oriented Development along the Fairmount Line's newly opened Talbot stop, local energy generation, and residential retrofits are three issue areas that local partners are focusing on in Boston's first Eco Innovation District.  
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More Praise for Boston’s Energy Initiatives

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Steve Griffith – October 4, 2013

Just days after receiving the top spot in energy efficiency policy from an ACEEE report, Boston has received more glowing publicity for its clean energy efforts. In the spotlight this time is the city’s pledge to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020, and more importantly, its actual progress toward that goal. Unfortunately, the local praise was delivered amongst the increasingly grave context of global climate change.

In the September 27 edition of radio broadcast “Living on Earth,” host Steve Curwood sat down with Harvard oceanographic biologist James McCarthy to discuss the latest climate change report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report, entitled “Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis,” resulted from years of collaborative work and review by hundreds of the world’s leading scientists. In offering the latest technical update on climate change, the IPCC report confirms the growing effects of global warming and concludes that it is extremely likely these dramatic changes are anthropogenic. In other words, humans are causing this problem, and without urgent action, humans are among those living things that will be critically affected.

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Boston Ranks First in Energy Efficiency

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Steve Griffith - September 25, 2013

In a report released earlier this month by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the City of Boston was recognized as the nation’s leader in energy efficiency. The ACEEE rankings were based on an Energy Efficiency Scorecard of America’s most populous cities that considered five policy areas: local government operations, community initiatives, buildings, energy and water utilities, and transportation. While Boston rated well in each area, its scores for community-wide initiatives and utility programs were the highest in the country. Portland (OR) ranked second in overall energy efficiency, with New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle rounding out the top five.

This top distinction is an acknowledgement of the deep commitment made to energy efficiency in Boston and the entire state of Massachusetts. The report praised Boston’s forward-thinking energy strategies and its development of city-wide initiatives, such as Renew Boston. Yet despite the much-deserved praise, ACEEE was careful to note that each city has considerable room for improvement. Boston missed out on a third of possible points in the transportation policy category, and about a quarter of points overall.

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Opening of Boston's first energy positive building - Michael Davis

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 On August 30th, I attended a ribbon-cutting in Highland Park, Roxbury that celebrated the opening of Boston’s first energy positive building. The four-unit townhouse complex was developed under Mayor Menino's Energy Positive (E+) Green Building Program. This LEED Platinum project, developed by Urbanica Inc., is the first of several homeownership projects being developed under the E+ Program. These developments produce more energy than they use on an annual basis. Among the many sustainable features in the project, the townhouses had LED lighting, super insulated walls, solar panels that will generate twice the amount of energy that the townhomes consume annually, triple glazed windows, and rain water harvesting for irrigation. The project is also a 5-minute walk from the Jackson Square T stop.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Department of Neighborhood Development issued RFPs for this site and three others that were all city-owned vacant land to support the goals of Greenovate Boston, which outlines the Mayor's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. The City of Boston is blazing a path on models that can be replicated nationally for green development and the Department of Neighborhood Development is looking at other large city-owned sites to explore additional E+ development. More information on Boston's E+ Green Building Program can be found at the following link.

 
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