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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Earth Day Giveaway!

In honor of the 44th Annual Earth Day, Boston Green Blog has teamed up with the Nature Conservancy to give away an amazing prize pack!!! The prize includes some awesome Nature Conservancy swag and tickets to ALL THREE Future of Nature events.

To enter, finish the sentence "The #futureofnature is ________." and tweet it to @BosGreenBlog and @Nature_ne.

Each tweet that fits that format will be considered 1 entry to the contest. Contestants are invited to enter as many times as they'd like until Noon on Friday, April 25, 2014. A winner will be randomly selected and announced via twitter and facebook later that afternoon.

Good luck and Happy Earth Day!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Movie Night Suggestion

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If you haven't already seen the eye-opening documentary Blackfish, I highly recommend you get on Netflix and watch it ASAP! As a lover of wildlife, I was horrified to learn of the conditions in which many orcas are kept around the globe. While SeaWorld claims that much of Blackfish is false or misleading, the documentary certainly does a good job of making people think of the human-animal relationships in zoos of all types. There are always more than one version of the truth, but an opinion on orca captivity simply should not be made without viewing this film. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mayor Walsh Launches the Carbon Cup


On April 8, 2014 Mayor Walsh announced the Greenovate Boston Mayor’s Carbon Cup, a voluntary program for hospitals, universities, and commercial building committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions by 35% by 2020. In order for the City of Boston to reach its citywide target of reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGs) by 25% by 2020, large building portfolios will need to lead by aiming for a higher GHG reduction target.

“A cleaner, greener, and more prosperous future, as outlined in our Climate Action Plan, requires leadership from every sector.” said Mayor Walsh. “Carbon Cup pledges and winners will represent the cream of the crop for our large buildings, demonstrating what’s possible in energy efficiency, while greening our city and creating quality jobs.”

Those pledging to the Carbon Cup commitment must enroll at least 1 million square feet, with additional tiers of recognition for those enrolling greater than 2 million or 5 million square feet.

“Commercial buildings comprise over half of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions.” said Brian Swett, Chief of Environment, Energy Services, and Open Space. “Getting our biggest property owners enrolled could cut emissions by over a hundred thousand metric tons of GHGs, equivalent to ten thousand homes taken off the grid.”

The City is seeking initial pledges and possible Carbon Cup winners to be announced at the Greenovate Boston Community Summit on May 31. Over the summer, the City will work with initial participants to finalize guidelines for reporting and accounting, and continue to source new participants. The Carbon Cup is a part of the larger Renew Boston Commercial/Industrial Strategy for saving energy and bringing down the GHG footprint of Boston’s institutions and businesses. Guidelines can be found at http://greenovateboston.org/resources/actions/mayors-carbon-cup/. Interested entities should contact info@greenovateboston.org.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Lenox Leads the Path for Sustainability in the Hotel Industry



The Lenox, centrally located in Copley Square, is known for its status as one of Boston's most luxurious boutique hotels. What many don't know is that the Lenox has superior sustainability initiatives. Lowering their carbon footprint has been part of the company's mission since the mid-1980's! They launched the country's first linen-reuse program and has all of their sustainability reports easily available on their website. It is great to see such transparency!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Stronger in 2014


Today, we are taking a moment to honor those affected by the 2013 Boston Marathon Tragedy which happened one year ago today. The families of those who lost their lives are in our hearts and we stand #BostonStrong with the survivors. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Boston's Eco Activities for this Week

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MONDAY
  • First 70 degree day of spring! Head to Follain to pick up some earth-friendly, chemical free sunscreen. 
TUESDAY
WEDNESDAY
THURSDAY
FRIDAY
SATURDAY
  • Save some $$$ while cutting your environmental impact by turning off your heat and committing not to turn it on again until November or December.
SUNDAY
  • Enjoy a vegetarian Easter celebration.