Good News: Boston Lights the Way Forward



Next time you head up to Boston for a Sox game, or to attend the terrific climate exhibits at the Museum of Science, head up to Beacon Hill and take a look at some of those classic gas lamps.

These centuries-old street lamps may soon be revamped as part of the city’s efforts to limit its environmental footprint, The Boston Globe reports. The 2,800 colonial street lamps, which line streets from the Back Bay to Charlestown, are currently gas-powered and stay lighted 24/7, contributing some 5,000 metric tons of greenhouse gasses to the atmosphere each year.

In March, however, city officials began replacing the lights with energy-efficient LEDs, which simulate flames. If implemented on a broader scale, this switch could preserve the ambience of historic Boston while also cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions. 

Sounds like one of those “the more things change, the more they stay the same” scenarios.

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Lily Olsen
Lily is an Associate Editor and Reporter on the Bluedot team — joining from sunny California. She is a recent Princeton graduate with a degree in political science. She has worked in the realm of human rights — interning at the State Department and the AND Campaign. Her appreciation for nature and passion for improving lives coalesce in combating climate change. “I’m a big fan of thrift shopping and exchanging clothes with friends — because it’s both better for the environment and lends itself to more unique, creative style choices.”

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