BostonCAN Petition: Green Buildings, Not Greenhouse Gases

Boston City Council and Mayor's Office

Scientific consensus confirms that we must significantly reduce our carbon emissions by 2030 to avoid the worst effects of climate change. Increased flooding, growing heat emergency days, and stronger nor’easters are proof that we must act swiftly to address the crisis.

More than half of Boston’s greenhouse gas emissions come from less than 3% of our buildings. Retrofitting our most wasteful buildings would go a long way toward meeting Boston’s carbon reduction goals. Yet, existing energy efficiency regulations on these buildings are not strong enough.
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To: Boston City Council and Mayor's Office
From: [Your Name]

We, the undersigned, urge the City Council and Mayor Marty Walsh to move quickly to reduce the climate impact of large buildings in Boston.

Please expedite the process of replacing the limited requirements of the Building Energy and Reporting Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO) with a new building emissions performance standard.

To achieve the City’s carbon reduction goals, we ask that the standard be set high, that enforcement be strict, and that the City allocate enough resources.