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We prompt citywide climate action and work with communities to best prepare all Bostonians for the effects of climate change. We also work to protect our built and natural environments by monitoring relevant construction projects and policy. 

Our department's mission is to enhance the quality of life in Boston by protecting air, water, climate and land resources, and by preserving and improving the integrity of Boston's architectural and historic resources. We maintain Boston's wealth of historic sites, buildings, landscapes, and waterways through protective designation and review processes.

We are focused on implementing the Mayor’s commitment to sustainable development, climate protection, and the environment by reviewing environmental impact assessments, issuing permits and providing information and referral services on environmental issues.

Through participation in various local, state, and federal review processes, we seek to increase the accessibility and quality of Boston’s water and riverfronts. We provide improved access to energy efficiency services for both residents and businesses.

Austin Blackmon

Austin Blackmon
Austin Blackmon is Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space for the City of Boston. His Cabinet is comprised of the Inspectional Services Department, the Environment Department, and the Parks and Recreation Department. Learn more about Austin

1 City Hall Square
Room 709
Boston, MA 02201-2031
United States
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Greenovate Boston

Greenovate Boston

Greenovate Boston provides resources for all residents to participate in the City of Boston’s climate action goals.