5. Urban Agriculture: A couple of weeks ago, it was announced that new Urban Agriculture Zoning will be adopted by the city of Boston, which will empower residents and commercial farming entrepreneurs with new options when growing and producing their own food! Article 89 helps to modernize zoning codes to enable innovative urban food production beneficial to both environment and community. We can’t wait to watch this delicious development flourish in 2014!
4. Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance: In 2013, the City challenged Boston buildings to “aggressively invest in energy efficiency” with the passage of the Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Act, which requires all large and medium sized-buildings to report their annual energy and water use. As reducing greenhouse gas emissions through investments in energy efficiency is the largest component of Mayor Menino’s Climate Action Plan, this was a huge step to measuring and managing the emissions from our business sector.
3. Boston Bikes’ HelmetHub: Ask and you shall receive! Boston residents couldn’t get enough of our public bikeshare Hubway in 2013, but how could our friends at Boston Bikes ensure that residents were as safe as they were enthusiastic? As another successful bikeshare season came to a close in November, the City announced the first installation of HelmetHub, helmet vending machines where patrons could rent a helmet for just $2, 24 hours a day! The first vending machine of its kind in the U.S., HelmetHub is another example of how Boston Bikes continues to meet community demands, while making cycling a fun and safe alternative to driving.
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