City Council Hearing: Net Zero for New Boston Buildings Monday, Dec. 11, 2pm, Boston City Hall

  • 11 December 2017
  • Start time : 02:00 PM
  • End time : 12:00 AM
  • Event Location : Boston City Hall, City Council Chambers, Fifth Floor, 1 City Hall Square, Boston, MA, United States
Boston Net Zero Energy
Event Description

For many cities, buildings are the largest cause of carbon emissions. In Boston, emissions are estimated at well over 50%.

Boston has a stated goal to be carbon neutral by 2050 . . .
but 70 MILLION SQUARE FEET of new buildings are planned, almost all powered by gas, a fossil fuel.

Please join HEET and our allies on Dec 11 at 2pm at a hearing to address what Boston can and must do to build net zero carbon buildings.

Come hear net zero experts, advocates, and city officials.
Consider giving public testimony yourself.
For more details and a list of the panelists, go to

Whether you live in Boston or nearby, we all rely on our capitol city. We need Boston to lead on climate!

  • Agenda
    • Background: During the Boston City Council meeting on August 2, Councilor Matt O’Malley, Chair of the Council’s Environment and Sustainability Committee, introduced an order calling for a hearing to consider the benefits of developing net-zero-carbon requirements and incentives for future construction in Boston. All 12 of his fellow City Councilors spoke up in support by co-sponsoring the order. BCEC worked with Councilor O’Malley’s office to propose this effort and will partner with him and the City Council to bring this strategic plan to fruition.
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • Experts Panel
      Bob Biggio, VP, Facilities, Boston Medical Center
      Joan Fitzgerald, Prof., Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern
      Christopher Schaffner, The Green Engineer
      Jana Silsby, Perkins and Eastman

      Mayoral Panel (Invited)
      Austin Blackmon, Chief of Environment, Energy & Open Space
      John Cleveland, Green Ribbon Commission
      John Dalzell, BPDA
      Lourdes Lopez, Renew Boston

      Advocates Panel
      Andee Krasner, Mothers Out Front
      Brita Lundberg, MD, environmental-health specialist
      Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, minister for ecological justice
      Carol Oldham, Boston Clean Energy Coalition
  • Cost
    • FREE Event
  • Event type
    • Other

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