Every big city is fighting its demons when it comes to protecting the environment, and Boston is not an exception. On top of being a city with the population of over 8 million people in terms of CSA (combined statistical area), it is also an industrial hub and a very active port, thus its concern with the environment is more than understandable. Boston puts active effort in keeping the environment and the weather clean not only for its inhabitants, but also to fight the ever-rising issue of the climate change; numerous organizations and projects are working relentlessly to ensure that the city’s contribution to environmental protection is significant.
City of Boston’s Department of Environment
It is not just private organizations and devoted activists who try to ensure that the city is moving towards a more environmentally sustainable future. The Department of Environment of the City of Boston is taking action on the climate change and attempting to ensure that we all have a future clean from pollution. In its most urgent plans is the reduction of pollution by carbon emissions and preparing for the impacts of the climate change. 18 strategies were in place during 2019, all focused on safeguarding a more environmentally friendly and healthier future.
More specifically, the city’s Mayor and municipality have focused their attention on the concept of carbon neutrality, meaning releasing no net carbon. The goal is 2050. And Boston has been very successful at it, too – since 2013, it has been continuously listed as the number one in all the U.S. in terms of energy-efficient metropolitan cities.
To achieve that, the city has put concrete plans in place. One of those is called “10-minute walks”, which is an attempt to create a possibility for every person living in Boston to have a public park within a walking distance no longer than 10 minutes. On top of that, the city is trying to make commuting on foot, by bikes or by public transportation as accessible as possible. That combined with its commitment to being a zero waste community and drastically increased waste reduction by enhancing awareness, community connectivity, as well as promoting sustainable living and recycling has put Boston as an exemplary city to all others across the globe. Some more specific examples include Go Boston 2030 – an initiative to transform Boston’s public transportation system and make it a lot more accessible and appealing by creating effective and time-saving schedules, convenient vehicles, perks for those who choose to cooperate in terms of commuting, as well as Zero Waste Boston, meant to divert at least 80% of the city’s waste from landfills and municipal solid waste combustors.
Many of those who see the city’s commitment to doing its part in protecting the environment are also devoted to contributing to a greener future. Boston Conservation Commission is working tirelessly to ensure the protection and further development of all green spaces in the city, reducing fossil fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. Boston Museum of Science puts a lot of effort in helping the community become even more aware of the dangers the environment is facing and how each one of us can make sure we are not counterproductive when it comes to protecting the world we live in.