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Boston Ranks 5th in the U.S. for Environmental Sustainability

Jun 30, 2011

Mayor Menino Highlights Sustainability and Job Creation at Clinton Global Initiative On Thursday, June 30, as Mayor Menino addressed the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in Chicago regarding sustainable buildings and job creation in the green technologies industry, the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked Boston fifth in the United States and sixth in North America for environmental sustainability. The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Green City Index ranks Boston fifth in the country, earning top scores in the categories of energy and water use per person. Mayor Menino’s remarks about high performance buildings in major urban cities, stressed the connection between sustainability planning and job creation as the future for Boston. A leader in sustainability, Boston was the first city in the nation to adopt commercial green building standards and to launch Renew Boston, a nationally recognized energy efficiency program that aims to reduce energy use by investing in the local economy. At the CGI conference, Mayor Menino highlighted the City of Boston’s sustainable investments in our building infrastructure, including the Boston Housing Authority’s (BHA) $63 million energy performance contract with Ameresco to implement integrated water and energy conservation measures, the largest Energy Saving Performance Contract in the country for public housing. Boston is also second only to San Francisco in green buildings and recently adopted the Massachusetts Stretch Energy Code, requiring 20% energy improvement across all new commercial and residential buildings above the base energy code. Read the full report.

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