Press Release: C40 Welcomes Boston to its Growing Network of International Cities Committed to Tackling Climate Change

(London, UK) – April 4, 2014 – The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) today announced the addition of Boston – the largest city in New England - to its growing network, making it the 67th global city to become a member.  

“I am excited to welcome Boston to the C40. Founded in 1630, the city has a history of developing and successfully implementing innovative solutions to urban challenges,” said C40 Chair, Mayor Eduardo Paes of Rio de Janeiro. “Boston, through a series of climate adaptation and mitigation strategies, is already a demonstrated leader and we have much to learn from them. In turn, our vast global network with their wealth of experience can help Boston tackle many of the challenges that lie ahead.” 

Considered one of the most sustainable cities in the United States, the City of Boston has made considerable progress in reducing community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 14 percent from 2005 to 2012, more than halfway to the City’s 2020 goal of 25 percent reduction. It also reduced GHG emissions from municipal government operations by almost 25 percent in the same period. The city is pursuing these ambitious goals through a comprehensive climate action strategy that includes a recently passed energy reporting and disclosure ordinance, an aggressive bicycle network plan and complete streets policy, and a stretch energy code that require new buildings to be 20% more efficient than Massachusetts’ base energy code. 

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