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City of Boston releases 2020 Climate Action Progress report


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The Fiscal Year 2020 Climate Action report presents up-to-date information regarding the status and implementation of the City of Boston’s plans and initiatives around climate, energy, and waste.

Mayor Walsh and the City of Boston have adopted ambitious long-term climate action goals, including for mitigation, adaptation, waste reduction, mobility, and community connectedness. Achieving these goals will help Boston become a healthy, thriving and resilient community.

The report includes updates on the status and implementation of the City of Boston’s climate action plans including:

  • The 2019 Climate Action Plan Update, including our annual greenhouse gas emissions inventory report, 
  • Climate Ready Boston and neighborhood-specific coastal resilience plans,
  • Zero Waste Boston; and
  • Greenovate Boston, the City’s initiative to empower residents to act on climate. 

This report is the first of what we expect to be annual reports to update you, our partners and stakeholders, on progress towards our climate objectives. View the full report.

We are committed to achieving Mayor Walsh’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2050 and working towards a climate-ready and zero-waste Boston. Keep an eye out for some of our latest climate action developments:

  • Received $30 million in funding for new zero-emission and accessible affordable housing announced in August 2020.
  • Approved by the Department of Public Utilities to proceed with the Community Choice Electricity program.
  • Launched the technical analysis and public process to develop a building emissions performance standard. Join the open house next Monday!
  • MassCEC awarded E4theFuture (lead), the City and other partners a grant for an income-tiered Electric Vehicle car share pilot in Roxbury.
  • Awarded a Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Program (MVP) grant for a heat resilience planning study.
  • Plastic bag requirements set to resume on October 1, 2020.

As part of our work to make Boston’s plans inclusive and accessible, we have created interactive summaries of Boston’s 2019 Climate Action Plan Update. The summary is available in Boston’s six major languages - English, Spanish, Haitian Creole, Traditional Chinese, Vietnamese, and Portuguese for Cape Verdean Creole speakers. Please contact our office to request any additional languages.

More information on Boston's climate action.

Download the report

View the Fiscal Year 2020 Climate Action report:

Climate Action report

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