Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Despite the snow, the system should undergo a “full launch” the first or second week of April.
There’s still snow on the ground and it still feels like the dead of winter, but in anticipation of warmer days ahead, Hubway is starting to roll out its rental bikes across Boston and Cambridge. Bicycles will be available throughout the Hubway bike sharing system the first or second week of April, according to Nicole Freedman, director of bicycle programs for the city of Boston. Three of these stations will be on Beacon Hill: at Charles Circle, by the T stop; on Cambridge Street in front of the Charles River Plaza Shopping Center; and just off the Esplanade at Beacon Street and Storrow Drive. There will also be several stations near Beacon Hill, including spots at Government Center, the Boston Common (Tremont Street), the West End (…
Advocates come together to let legislators know the water system needs funding to stay sustainable.
Pop quiz: If people in the greater Boston area consumed 340 million gallons of water per day in the 1980s, how much do you think they consume today? 400 million? 500? More? Less? The answer, thanks to sustained but largely behind-the-scenes efforts of conservationists, is that we consume dramatically less water today than in the 1980s. Last year, greater Boston consumed 200 million gallons. "The great result is we've saved a whole bunch of precious drinking water, which is important to our residents and to the state that that conservation effort has been successful," Fred Laskey, executive director of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. Laskey was one of many conservationists at the State House Friday as part of the Massachusetts…
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Do you know a business, resident or institution dedicated to sustainability? Nominate them for Boston's 'Greenovate' Awards.
If you know of a local leader in sustainability, you have until March 29 to submit them for recognition through Boston's annual "Greenovate" awards. The Greenovate Boston Awards recognize local sustainability leaders in three different categories: Business, residential and sustainable food leadership. “Through Greenovate Boston, the City of Boston continues to work closely with our residents, business and institutions to make Boston the greenest city in the country,” Mayor Thomas said. “I look forward every year to celebrating the impressive work of our local environmental leaders and telling their story.” Previously called the "Mayor’s Green Awards," this year’s awards will reflect the adoption of Greenovate Boston, a collective …
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Share your best tips and tricks for living the green life here on Beacon Hill.
We're looking for all the great ways Beacon Hill residents are working to preserve and protect the Earth. From composting to creative recycling, we want to hear what you do to minimize your carbon footprint, reduce waste, and just live a greener lifestyle. Please tell us in the comments below or upload a picture! Here are some recent articles of ways others are going green:
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Computers, monitors, TVs, printers, cell phones, and microwaves, among other household electronic items, will be accepted.
The city announced that on March 23, residents will be able to recycle electronic waste at no additional cost. Residents may bring up to computers, monitors, televisions, LCD panels, printers, other computer related equipment, stereos, cell and other phones, power supplies, electronic games, VCRs, circuit boards, microwaves, and other household electronic devices. However, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, and white goods such as washers, dryers, and stoves will NOT be accepted. For disposal of air conditioners, dehumidifiers and refridgerators, call (617) 635-4500 to arrange a special pickup. The other items can be picked up at the curb with regular trash pickup. Residents must be prepared to show proof of residency in …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Students set up the program during Green Week at eight schools,.
Boston students, teachers and administrators used National Green Week this month to set up single stream recycling in eight schools. Single stream recycling means paper, glass, plastic and metal can all be recycled together. The items are then sorted at a recycling center, which makes it simpler for residents to collect recycle materials and avoids excess waste being sent to landfills. Through and extended day program offered by City Year, 322 students at the Blackstone, Hennigan, Holland, Marshall, Mattahunt, Orchard Gardens and Tobin schools will participate in Green Week lessons, activities and games to prepare them for successful single stream recycling at home and at school, according to Boston Public Schools. The curriculum was …