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Higher Education Working Group

The Green Ribbon Commission Higher Education Working Group leverages the higher education sector’s capabilities for climate action by sharing knowledge and fostering collaboration within and across sectors to support the City of Boston in meeting its climate goals. 

The Higher Education Working Group (HEWG) represents the unique constituency of large research and residential campuses in Boston and neighboring cities.The HEWG has had a pivotal role in the City’s climate action success to date by sharing and transferring their knowledge and learned lessons to other sectors for the effective and equitable implementation of the City’s climate goals. Because of HEWG members’ physical and cultural influences, the City continues to value HEWG’s leadership, as it contributes both research and best practices.

The working group is currently focused on the implementation of its Five Year Strategic Plan for 2020-2025.


  • Robert Brown

    President Emeritus
    Boston University

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The HEWG supported the creation of the GRCx series Building an Equitable, Healthy, Climate Resilient Future for Boston. Convening leading community organizers, researchers, and policy experts, this event explores how systemic racism and environmental pollution contribute to poor health in vulnerable communities across Boston historically and in the future.

View recordings here.


Additional Working Groups

Cultural Institutions

The Cultural Institutions Working Group comprises a wide variety of arts, sports, nature-based, historic, and entertainment organizations in and near Boston, as they build awareness and drive action on climate issues on behalf of their own organizations, the cultural sector, the City, and audiences.
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Commercial Real Estate

The Commercial Real Estate Working Group convenes leading Boston property owners and developers to accelerate leadership of Boston’s commercial real estate organizations to support the City in meeting the aggressive goals laid out in its Climate Action Plan.
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Health Care

The Health Care Working group unites leading healthcare facilities in the Greater Boston to catalyze; a focus on energy efficiency, the transition to renewable energy, and advocate for the significant health benefits of carbon mitigation to patient and home communities.
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