April 13, 2012
The city of Boston has become one of nine finalists for the fifth annual Siemens Sustainable Community Awards thanks to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center and Siemens Corporation.
The awards recognize cities across the country for innovative efforts in sustainability improvements through environmental, economic and social solutions. Chicago and Las Vegas are just two of the other communities that join Boston as finalists.
“American communities are hotbeds of social and environmental innovation,” said BCLC Founder and Executive Director Stephen Jordan. “We received applications from 40 states across the country for this year’s Siemens Sustainable Community Awards. The nine finalists who have made it [thus] far deserve a lot of credit for their accomplishments and the positive impact they have had.”
Boston is being honored for traditional environmental programming, economic vitality, public healthy, educational attainment, public safety and social equity.
“More and more cities are realizing that sustainability initiatives are important levers for economic growth and competitiveness today,” observed Alison Taylor, Siemens’ chief sustainability officer for the Americas. “People and businesses want to grow in sustainable environments, and the cities are now working hard to provide this.”
To learn more about each finalist, click here to read their profiles, as well as the judges’ biographies. The winners will be announced on April 17, 2012 the BCLC’s 2012 National Conference in Atlanta, Ga.