The city of Boston has been able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its municipal operations by 9 percent, exceeding a goal Mayor Thomas Menino set in 2007 to reduce emissions by 7 percent by the end of this year.
The news comes as the city releases its updated climate action plan which calls for reducing citywide greenhouse gas emissions a total of 25 percent by 2020 and ensuring climate change impacts are considered in all planning.
“The City of Boston is leading by example in reducing our carbon emissions. I am very proud that we have met our goal ahead of schedule, but this is only a start,” Menino said.
The reductions were made in large part through converting all traffic signals to more efficient LED lighting, installing efficient lighting and equipment in many city buildings, replacing 70 municipal vehicles with hybrid electric ones and purchasing 12 percent of electricity from wind power.
For more information and to view the complete climate action report, go here.
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