Anyone who’s been to Fenway Park knows that Boston fans get fired up … Now, the city’s business and civic leaders are going to bat for a greener Boston.
The city-wide goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions twenty-five percent by the year 2020 and eighty percent by 2050. To help, the “Green Ribbon Commission” has stepped up to the plate.

This network of thirty-five CEOs engages Boston’s commercial and industrial property owners, who are responsible for about fifty percent of the city’s emissions.

Cleveland: “Our strategy is getting those owners to take the city’s target, and integrate it into their strategic planning, their energy management, their capital expenditure budgets, etcetera.”

That’s John Cleveland, the commission’s Executive Director. He says the group’s efforts have been well received.

Cleveland: “I think what’s happened is that the business and civic leadership in cities like Boston have become really clear that this isn’t some distant threat in the future, that this is a real issue here and now.”

Boston’s emissions are already down fourteen percent – and that’s more than halfway to their goal.

Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.

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Jan O'Brien was assistant editor and website manager at Yale Climate Connections from 2007-2022. She brought more than three decades of experience in environmental publishing and policy research and more...