JP Forum on Greening Boston’s Buildings This Thursday

A forum to consider how to make net-zero carbon building construction a reality in Boston will be held Thursday, June 15, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the First Church in Jamaica Plain at 6 Eliot St. The gathering is the second in a Jamaica Plain Forum mini-series on transitioning to green living, and will address sustainable ways to retrofit buildings for increased energy efficiency given technical, financial, legal and political challenges, as well as how Bostonians can demonstrate the importance of supporting local, renewable sources of energy. The event is co-sponsored by the Boston Clean Energy Coalition. Per the meeting notice, "The initial Imagine Boston 2030 report describes a major construction boom but does not call for the state-of-the-art efficiency requirements essential to keeping this development from locking us into new fracked-gas infrastructure to power new buildings and decades of dependence on fossil fuels. We urgently need net-zero carbon requirements for all new buildings in Boston."


Survey: What Do You See for the Future of Franklin Park?

As part of Imagine Boston 2030, the city held a meeting last week to gather feedback from residents on what they want for the future of Franklin Park. But don't worry: If you couldn't attend the meeting, there is an online survey you can fill out. The Feb. 16 meeting was organized by the city as part of its Imagine Boston 2030 initiative, in conjunction with the Boston Parks and Recreation departments and the Franklin Park Coalition. Representatives from the Emerald Necklace Conservancy were also in attendance and tweeted a photo of the meeting showing it was a packed house.