Thursday, August 21, 2014

'Designing with Water' Competition

Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced earlier this month that the City of Boston, in partnership with the Boston Redevelopment Authority and the Boston Harbor Association, will be holding an international design competition for climate preparedness. The contest, which will kick off this fall, is funded by an $86,000 grant awarded by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management to the BRA, and $35,000 awarded by the Barr Foundation to the Boston Harbor Association.

“The City of Boston continues to be a national leader on climate preparedness,” said Mayor Walsh. “This design competition will bring concepts and ideas from around the world, such as those in the Boston Harbor Association's new report, to fruition in Boston.”

The competition will call for creative and innovative climate-change resilient design solutions for three at-risk waterfront sites in Boston.  Hosted along with the Boston Society of Architects, the competition seeks implementable planning and design solutions that will prepare these sites for current coastal flood risks and future sea-level-rise.

“While extreme flooding is generally a new problem for Boston, cities such as Amsterdam, Hamburg and Seoul have had decades, even centuries, of learning how to allow flooding without damage occurring,” said Julie Wormser, Executive Director of The Boston Harbor Association. “These cities have recognized that it is financially, culturally, and ecologically beneficial to work with water, instead of fighting to keep every last drop out.”

“Designing with Water: Creative Examples from Around the Globe” can be viewed and downloaded on the Boston Harbor Association’s website, here:

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Eco Definitions: Greywater

Its the middle of August and water resources across the U.S. are strained. Particularly in the southwest, which is experiencing a record-breaking drought, water conservation is of the utmost importance. One way to save water is by using greywater more effectively. So, what is greywater exactly?

According to Greywater Action, it is "water from your bathroom sinks, showers, tubs, and washing machines. It is not water that has come into contact with feces, either from the toilet or from washing diapers.

Greywater may contain traces of dirt, food, grease, hair, and certain household cleaning products. While greywater may look “dirty,” it is a safe and even beneficial source of irrigation water in a yard. There are many simple, economical ways to reuse greywater in the landscape."

By collecting rainwater and greywater, people can water their yards without using potable water. Greywater can also be used to flush toilets!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Green Events Happening This Week in Boston

source image courtesy of Fab Forgotten Nobility

  • Time to start wrapping up that summer bucket list. Use today to finalize what you want to get done before the end of summer. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

DIY Organic Fair Trade Pops

A great way to reduce food packaging waste in the summer is to use a popsicle mold instead of buying premade pops. Of course, the question is, once you have a mold, what are you going to put in it? For a green twist on this summer favorite, try using your favorite Honest Tea beverage!


  • All of their flavors are USDA certified organic
  • Most of their products are Fair Trade
  • You'll have the choice between sweet, fruity flavors and subtle tea flavors. 
  • They have delicious, unique flavors that would make great pops like pomegranate ade, berry hibiscus, and mint lemonade. 
  • The end product will have less sugar and no artificial ingredients!