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Bloomberg foundation to bolster Boston efforts to reduce carbon emissions

The city announced today it's won $2.5 million worth of planning help from the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge to reduce local carbon emissions by encouraging more energy-efficient commercial and institutional buildings and increasing non-car commuting options.

Boston will use the Bloomberg resources to expand bicycle paths and a neighborhood "slow streets" program to encourage bicycling and walking, work to increase adoption of both electric cars and car pooling; link Boston developers to "innovative project finance programs" to up the efficiency of new buildings - and owners of existing buildings to incentive programs for boosting the buildings' energy efficiency and create an energy-resource center aimed at low-income neighborhoods.

The news comes a few days after Mayor Walsh released the latest part of the city's planning to deal with rising sea levels - detailed plans for making South Boston able to withstand increasing flooding over the next several decades.



What about how ride share? Do we dare put the drivers of the 25,000 cars that flood the city, pull over like anywhere in the road is a cab stand and cause countless pedestrian, bicycle and accidents for residents out of work?

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