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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.

Greenovate Boston Community Summit 2014 Program 

View the Greenovate Boston Flickr album for pictures of the Community Summit 2014

 

Keynote Speakers

Beverly Scott, General Manager of the MBTA

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Geoff Chapin, CEO of Next Step Living

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Cynthia Loesch, Vice President, Codman Square Neighborhood Council

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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.

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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
EcoThermal Filters
Embue
Mass Energy Consumers Alliance
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
National Grid
Next Step Living
NStar / Northeast Utilities
Norwex
Renew Boston
Roxbury Technology
Save That Stuff
Soutenir
Veolia
ZipCar
A Better City
Boston Cyclists Union
Fairmount/Indigo Line CDC Collaborative
Foundation for a Green Future
HomeHarvest 

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Innovation Sessions

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:

Sustainable, Edible and Organic Gardens in Boston

Plant Based Eating

Buildings and Energy Efficiency

Community-based Solar Energy Programs

Zero Waste Vision for Boston

Making Low-Stress Bicycling Possible for Everybody

Zoning and Tax Policies to Encourage Resilience

Mapping Climate Activism across Boston

Reflection on the Past, Preparing for the Future: How to Make Boston Resilient to Sea Level Rise

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Renewable Energy Discovery Zone

There were also kid-friendly activities available throughout the day hosted by the Museum of Science. 

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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.

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