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5.1 Environmental Stewardship
5.2 Clean Energy and Climate Stability
5.3 Productive and Efficient Use of Land
5.4 Clean Air
5.5 Clean and Plentiful Water
5.6 Sustainable and Healthy Ecosystems
5.7 Environmental Justice and Equity
5.8 Accessible Green and Recreational Spaces
5.9 Beautiful Walkable Communities
5.10 Sustained Public Support for Environment and Open Space

Research@Environment

Neighborhood/City of Boston

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay,  Boston’s Harbor and Waterfront: A Renaissance Underway (6/05): findings on access, connections, activity, diversity and use of the waterfront and its economic landscape; an initial framework of indicators for measuring success; and a strategy for today and the future. Data file and public opinion poll available on the Save the Harbor/Save the Bay website.

US Environmental Protection Agency,  Charles River Report Card (5/05): progress towards the goal of complete fishability and swimability by 2005, based on bacterial water quality. Grade for 2005: B+.

Mayor Menino’s  Green Building Task Force Report (fall/04): an analysis of how Boston benefits from Green Buildings, including a range of cost reductions, new jobs and business opportunities, as well as case studies of successful green buildings. 

From the 2002 Boston Indicators Report Archive:

The economic impact of Boston Harbor, a report by Save the Harbor/Save the Bay.



Metro Boston/Massachusetts/New England    

Environmental League of Massachusetts, State of the Environment 2006 (10/06): Outlines 20 indicators on different aspects of Massachusetts' environmental health. 13 of the 20 were rated as "poor" or "fair".

Mystic River Watershed Association,  Mystic River Watershed Assessment and Action Plan (12/05): a collaborative regional plan covering water quality, flooding, habitat preservation, and land use planning in the Mystic River watershed.

Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston,  Policy Notes, Volume 2, Number 2 (6/05): highlights policy-related research about Greater Boston, including New England's looming water shortage.

SustainLane US City Rankings (5/05): relative levels of sustainability across 12 categories for 25 US cities, including Boston.  Boston ranked 12th.

Massachusetts Audubon Society, Some Anticipated Consequences of Global Warming: Implications for the Nature of Massachusetts (pdf) (02/05): Relying on two different global warming models, over the next century Massachusetts will become warmer and wetter, and sea levels are likely to rise.

Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, Massachusetts Water Policy (11/04): challenges, principles, and recommendations from the State’s Water Policy Task Force.

Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management,  Waves of Change: The Massachusetts Ocean Management Task Force Report and Recommendations, Volume 1 (3/04): areas of analysis include governance, management tools, scientific understanding, and public outreach; six principles for ocean management; and recommendations, with plans for implementation.  Massachusetts Ocean Management Task Force Technical Report, Volume 2 (3/04): a compendium of separate ocean resource briefings, with chapters on the public trust doctrine, traditional and emerging ocean uses, data trends and needs, and state and federal regulations.


New England Climate Coalition, Getting on Track: New England’s Rising Global Warming Emissions and How to Reverse the Trend (2/05): carbon dioxide emission trends before and after 2001, including a focus on Massachusetts’ progress and next steps.

From the 2002 Boston Indicators Report Archive:

Losing Ground report finds temporary slowdown in development, but decrease in sustainability.

Climate protection plan released.

National air quality survey gives nine Massachusetts counties failing grades.

Progress report on New England’s Northern Forest.



National/International


World Wildlife Fund & The Global Footprint Network, Living Planet Report 2006 (10/06): Using 2003 data, this reports that the world is putting extreme pressure on its resources, and that this pressure is increasing. The United Arab Emirates and the United States lead in per capita use of resources, with the U.S. and China as the highest total use of resources.

National Climatic Data Center (NOAA, US Dept. of Commerce)Climate of 2005 – in Historical Perspective (1/06): the annual summary of last year’s weather, revealing that 2005 was the s