City of Boston Receives Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge Award
NEC member the City of Boston was recently tapped by Bloomberg Philanthropies as one of 20 winners of the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge. The $70 million program aims to support cities in their efforts to tackle climate change, and Boston’s cut is valued at $2.5 million.
The award was presented in the wake of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s announcement of the “Resilient Boston Harbor” initiative, in which he revealed plans to create a new Boston waterfront to prepare the city for the inevitable impacts of climate change. The Bloomberg funding will be spread among Boston’s several initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, such as building a one-stop shop for residential carbon reduction that focuses on low-income and environmental justice communities, and deploying the Go Boston 2030 bike network and traffic-calming program.
Mayor Walsh said in a statement, “We’re serious about building a more climate-ready Boston. If we’re to be effective in preparing for rising sea levels and more intense storms, we have to accelerate our actions to reduce carbon emissions. Addressing climate change now is critical to ensuring a greener, healthy Boston for future generations. I’m grateful to Bloomberg for recognizing the power of cities to address climate change as we continue to move forward with our ambitious climate goals.”
The NEC congratulates the City of Boston on this prestigious award and thanks them for their sustained commitment to combatting climate change.