In 2014, Greenovate Boston hosted its first Community Summit on May 31st at Harvard Medical Conference Center. Over 500 Bostonians came out that Saturday to participate in the event. The goals of the event were to inspire climate action, bring together community leaders to share best practices, and collect feedback for the 2014 Climate Action Plan Update.
Beverly Scott, General Manager of the MBTA
Geoff Chapin, CEO of Next Step Living
Cynthia Loesch, Vice President, Codman Square Neighborhood Council
2014 Greenovate Boston Awards
Mayor Marty Walsh led the Mayor’s 8th Annual Greenovate Boston Award Ceremony and the presentation of the 2014 Carbon Cup champions.
See the 2014 Greenovate Boston Award Winners.
Learn more about the Mayor's Carbon Cup and 2014 Carbon Cup Champions.
Marketplace of Ideas
Throughout the day, participants were invited to explore over 20 of the leading Boston businesses, institutions, and community groups that are helping Boston neighborhoods address climate challenges. Participating organizations included:
Boston Climate Action Network
Boston Recycling Coalition
Climate Action Liaison Coalition
Conservation Services Group
Mass Energy Consumers Alliance
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Next Step Living
NStar / Northeast Utilities
Save That Stuff
A Better City
Boston Cyclists Union
Fairmount/Indigo Line CDC Collaborative
Foundation for a Green Future
The afternoon featured seven 55-minute interactive workshops on climate and sustainability topics run by community members and local businesses. The workshops were proposed and selected by community members in advance. Click on a topic below to see the notes for that Innovation Session:
Renewable Energy Discovery Zone
There were also kid-friendly activities available throughout the day hosted by the Museum of Science.
Wall of Ideas
Attendees wrote down and shared their thoughts publicly about various topics regarding climate change and sustainability in Boston on the Wall of Ideas. The Wall attracted a lot of activity, as it became packed with suggestions to incorporate into the Climate Action Plan Update.