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URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2144/39108

As the world’s population continues to urbanize, new methods of urban planning, infrastructure development and service delivery, mobility, and built environment energy use are essential. In collaboration with BU’s Initiative on Cities and the Center for Information & System Engineering’s Smart Cities project, we lead work in this area.

The following items reflect the research that has been done in this area.

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  • Climate of crisis: how cities can use climate action to close the equity gap, drive economic recovery, and improve public health 

    Cleveland, Cutler J.; Ashmore, Jacqueline; Barnhart, Ardeth; Dudley, Taylor; Lillie, Matthew; Zhang, Alicia; Lusk, Katharine; Plastrik, Peter; Cleveland, John (Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy, 2020-09)
    This report is the second of three that provides community leaders, inside and outside of local government, with guidance about navigating their climate-action priorities through the gauntlet of challenges created by the ...
  • More urgency, not less: The COVID-19 pandemic’s lessons for local climate leadership 

    Plastrik, Peter; Cleveland, John; Coffee, Joyce; Ashmore, Jacqueline; Barnhart, Ardeth; Cleveland, Cutler J.; Fox-Penner, Peter (Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy, 2020-06)
    This report is the first of three that will provide community leaders, inside and outside of local government, with guidance about navigating their climate action priorities through the gauntlet of challenges created by ...
  • Carbon Free Boston: Summary report 2019 

    Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy (Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy, 2019)
    PROJECT OVERVIEW: In 2016, Mayor Martin J. Walsh signed the Metro Mayors Climate Mitigation Commitment, pledging to make Boston carbon neutral by 2050, and asked the Boston Green Ribbon Commission (GRC) to establish a ...
  • Carbon Free Boston: Social equity report 2019 

    Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy; Cleveland, Cutler; Stanton, Liz; Woods, Bryndis; Martin, Atyia; Fortune, D’Janapha; Walsh, Michael; Castigliego, Joshua; Perez, Taylor; Galante, Emma (Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy, 2019)
    OVERVIEW: In January 2019, the Boston Green Ribbon Commission released its Carbon Free Boston: Summary Report, identifying potential options for the City of Boston to meet its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. The ...
  • Carbon Free Boston: Technical Summary 

    Walsh, Michael J.; Kinney, Patrick L.; Levy, Jonathan I.; Tallon, Lindsay; Skipper, Nash; Russell, Armistead; Castigliego, Joshua R.; Pollack, Adam; Zheng, Kevin; Cleveland, Cutler J. (2019-05-15)
    OVERVIEW: This technical summary is intended to argument the rest of the Carbon Free Boston technical reports that seek to achieve this goal of deep mitigation. This document provides below: a rationale for carbon neutrality, ...
  • Carbon Free Boston: Buildings Technical Report 

    Hatchadorian, Rebecca; Best, Rob; Wholey, Katie; Calven, Alexandra; Levine, Erica; Tepfer, Sara; Swett, Brian; Walsh, Michael J.; Pollack, Adam; Perez, Taylor; Castigliego, Joshua R.; Cleveland, Cutler J. (2019-05-15)
    OVERVIEW: Boston is known for its historic iconic buildings, from the Paul Revere House in the North End, to City Hall in Government Center, to the Old South Meeting House in Downtown Crossing, to the African Meeting ...
  • Carbon Free Boston: Waste Technical Report 

    Castigliego, Joshua R.; Walsh, Michael J.; Pollack, Adam; Cleveland, Cutler J. (2019-05-15)
    OVERVIEW: For many people, their most perceptible interaction with their environmental footprint is through the waste that they generate. On a daily basis people have numerous opportunities to decide whether to recycle, ...
  • Carbon Free Boston: Offsets Technical Report 

    Maron, Ariella; Zheng, Kevin; Walsh, Michael J.; Fox-Penner, Peter; Cutler, Cleveland J. (2019-05-15)
    OVERVIEW: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defines offsets as a specific activity or set of activities intended to reduce GHG emissions, increase the storage of carbon, or enhance GHG removals from the atmosphere ...
  • Carbon Free Boston: Transportation Technical Report 

    Porter, Christopher; Milkovits, Martin; Chang, Xiao Yun (Jane); Boone, Scott; Walsh, Michael J.; Castigliego, Joshua R.; Cleveland, Cutler J. (2019-05-15)
    OVERVIEW: Transportation connects Boston’s workers, residents and tourists to their livelihoods, health care, education, recreation, culture, and other aspects of life quality. In cities, transit access is a critical ...
  • Carbon Free Boston: Energy Technical Report 

    Walsh, Michael J.; Fox-Penner, Peter; Zheng, Kevin; Pollack, Adam; Cleveland, Cutler J. (2019-05-15)
    INTRODUCTION: The adoption of clean energy in Boston’s buildings and transportation systems will produce sweeping changes in the quantity and composition of the city’s demand for fuel and electricity. The demand ...

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