Monday night, I attended a talk by Edward Mazria hosted by the Boston Society of Architects. Mazria is the founder of Architecture 2030, an organization which has created a path to reduce carbon emissions so that we do not reach the point of no return on climate change. Architecture 2030 promotes solutions to climate change through the design of the built environment.
Mazria shared the information he presented earlier in the day to the Green Ribbon Commission on how Boston could meet the Boston Climate Action Plan and the Compact of Mayors’ commitment of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050. The Achieving 80×50 plan outlined by Mazria includes increased energy codes for new and existing buildings, new financing options and incentives to developers and property owners, as well as utility updates for increased renewable energy. Many of the keys to this plan align with the advocacy efforts I and others at the USGBC MA Advocacy Committee have been working on getting implemented. Our advocacy efforts focus on legislation, adoption, education, and resources for these focus areas.