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GRC Appoints Rebecca Herst as Associate Director for Resilience

The GRC is pleased to welcome Rebecca Herst as our new Associate Director for Resilience, effective January 1, 2024. Having most recently served as the Director of the Sustainable Solutions Lab (SSL) at UMass Boston (UMB), Rebecca will help advance all aspects of the GRC’s work to accelerate climate action in Boston, with emphasis on coastal resilience and climate justice. She will also oversee the strategic alignment across the GRC’s six working groups and Climate Justice Initiative, leveraging the GRC’s unique convening role among its network of private sector and public sector leaders at the City and Commonwealth, as the pressure grows to meet 2030 climate goals. We are so excited to have Rebecca join the team.

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GRC and Embrace Boston Present: Our Shared History Report – Using Boston’s Climate Opportunities to Address Systemic Racism

Completed in collaboration with Embrace Boston, GRC’s “Our Shared History” report aims to open a dialog among a wide variety of stakeholders in Boston’s future who hope to use the shift to a resilient post-carbon economy as an opportunity to eradicate the harms of racism embedded in our built environment. The report addresses three main topics: patterns of racial injustice, climate inequities, and equitable climate action opportunities. We are now in an era of systemic transformation of Boston, compelled by climate change. In creating this report, the GRC hopes the historical account will serve to inform our shared vision of progress.

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Franklin Field Geothermal Project

“This is really an example of a change in the paradigm, where we’ve thought of utility companies as on the other side, that we need to pressure and make sure we are moving as fast as possible and we’re going to continue to do that. But here is an example where when we come together, when we are really clear about the people we are serving and the future that we are trying to build, then, in fact, it’s a win-win all across the board.”

– Boston Mayor Michelle Wu

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Massachusetts Climate Report Card

Recently, Massachusetts Executive Agencies led by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) assessed the Commonwealth’s progress in meeting the state’s climate mandates and goals to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience to climate change. Based on this assessment, the Healey-Driscoll Administration developed and released a Climate Report Card to inform Massachusetts residents of the progress the executive offices are collectively making to achieve climate goals and mandates. Overall, the report card found that Massachusetts has made significant progress and is well positioned for 2025, but a strong policy response to existing and emerging challenges will be needed to meet the Commonwealth’s ambitious 2030 targets.

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Free Reporting and Verification Services

As part of the Building Emissions Reduction and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO), building owners are required to annually report their energy and water use data and to use a third-party to verify their reported data on a regular basis. To support building owners in this process, the City of Boston is offering free data reporting and verification services to owners of BERDO buildings who need extra assistance. This round of applications is due by March 15, 2024.

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