The City of Boston has been nationally recognized as a leader in environmental and energy policy. As part of Mayor Thomas Menino's overall efforts to "green" Boston, the City has been exploring the use of LED lighting for public spaces, sidewalks and roadways through the installation of a demonstration project on Boston Common.
Mayor Menino's executive order in April 2007 calling for the city's first community-wide greenhouse gas inventory and a 10 percent increase in recycling by 2012, has given Boston national attention. Boston also implemented new zoning laws requiring LEED certification for certain developments, a requirement that all taxicabs go hybrid by 2015, and a mandate to assess all city buildings for alternative energy potential.
The City of Boston and the Boston Air Pollution Control Commission awarded 2009 Community Climate Action and Air Quality Grants to five neighborhood organizations. The grants are an effort to fund community climate action initiatives that encourage and support Boston residents, businesses, and institutions reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving energy.