Climate change is an existential threat to our city, must be taken seriously, and requires focused leadership from our next mayor. A holistic approach to climate change is necessary, focused on environmental justice and climate resiliency in addition to carbon neutrality. The impacts of climate change go far beyond sea level rise, which threatens our homes, our local businesses, and our infrastructure.
Jon has been a leader on climate change during his time on Beacon Hill. As a state representative, Jon voted to pass the 2050 Climate Roadmap bill, one of the most comprehensive and progressive pieces of climate legislation in the country. The bill set a goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, codified environmental justice, and increased our reliance on renewable energy. Jon continued to lead on environmental issues in the community, including partnering with neighbors to prevent new development from installing fossil fuel infrastructure and securing state funding to clean up the Muddy River. As mayor, Jon will:
- Beat the Green New Deal Goal of Carbon Neutrality by 2050
- Reimagine new development to get to carbon neutrality by 2035.
- Cut emissions in transportation through electrification of the city fleet, promoting bike lanes, dedicated bus lanes, and micro-mobility options.
- Create a retrofit fund and tax credits for existing buildings.
- Address environmental justice issues and reversing decades of harmful policy decisions
- Prioritize equity and actively work to reverse the impacts of climate change, pollution, and industrial harm on our environmental justice communities.
- Guide environmental justice communities with a new vision.
- Increase climate resiliency to combat sea-level rise.
- Work with stakeholders to raise climate resiliency standards in development.
- Preserve, protect, and expand resiliency infrastructure.
- Leverage adequate funding for climate resiliency and green projects.
- Economic justice in the green economy through green jobs.
- Ensure that Boston becomes a global green economic engine.
- Invest in green vocational technical education.
- Partner with local colleges and universities to create green credentialing programs for students, workforce retraining, and re-entering citizens.
- Green Spaces and Repurposing City Property.
- Preserve and expand our valuable green space.
- Eliminate heat islands and expand tree canopy.