Mayor Menino Announces Climate Action and Air Quality Grant

CITY OF BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
Office of the Mayor Thomas M. Menino
For More Information Contact: Press Office, (617) 635-4461

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mayor Menino Announces Climate Action and Air Quality Grant

Program helps local businesses reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save energy

      Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced today a grant that will fund community climate action initiatives that encourage and support Boston residents, businesses, and institutions in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving energy.  The Sustainable Business Network’s Sustainable Business Leader Program (SBLP) was awarded the 2010 Community Climate Action and Air Quality Grant by the City of Boston and the Boston Air Pollution Control Commission (APCC). SBLP is one of the most comprehensive and fastest-growing programs in the nation designed specifically to “green” locally-owned businesses and to reduce their carbon emissions.

        “This program helps Boston businesses save money, attract more customers, and improve the environment,” said Mayor Menino.  “These grants help businesses grow while improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods. These are the unique public private partnerships that are making Boston one of the most sustainable and livable cities in the nation.” 

      Since 2008, the SBLP has certified 46 local companies representing diverse business sectors and neighborhoods throughout Boston as “sustainable” businesses. SBLP provides guidance, support, and technical assistance to facilitate the 'greening' of small and medium sized locally owned businesses in Boston and the surrounding area. Through a six-step process the SBLP identifies and helps implement affordable changes in six areas including energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling and waste reduction, transportation, pollution prevention, and sustainability management.

      “SBLP has been a leader in showing how small businesses can undertake projects that save money and energy, while reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and making Boston a healthier city,” Jim Hunt, Chief of Environment and Energy for the City of Boston, said.  “This program is an integral part of Mayor Menino’s ongoing efforts to improve public health and our environment while growing our local green economy.” 

      The Community Climate Action and Air Quality Grants are funded by the Boston Pollution Abatement Fund, administered by the Air Pollution Control Commission (APCC) and derived from fees and fines collected through APCC programs. Grants are available to Boston residents, businesses, non-profits, and institutions to fund pollution reduction initiatives, particularly air pollution from vehicles and greenhouse gas emissions from all sources. For more information about the grant program, visit www.cityofboston.gov/environment/airpollution/grants.asp.

      “The SBLP is about leadership and raising the bar for green practices,” said Executive Director Laury Hammel. “Our objective is to make sustainable business practices the norm by marketing the cost-saving, energy-saving, and planet-saving successes of making green changes to how entrepreneurs do business.” 

      SBLP has received a grant of $15,000 from the APCC’s Community Climate Action and Air Quality program to support the certification of 25 more small Boston businesses.  Enrolled businesses will complete the comprehensive assessment and technical assistance process within six-twelve months and, on completion of 80 percent of their Sustainability Action Plans, will become certified as Sustainable Business Leaders.  SBLP will target companies in diverse neighborhoods of Boston through collaboration with the Department of Neighborhood Development’s Main Streets programs.

      For more information and to find out how your company can be certified as a Sustainable Business Leader please email adritha@sustainablebusinessleader.org or visit: http://www.sustainablebusinessleader.org/.


email: sblp@sbnmass.org    |    phone: (617) 395-0250

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