The city has picked "green champions" to help lead an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Boston.
On Monday, Mayor Thomas M. Menino named Benita Hussain and Charles Zhu as “Greenovate Fellows.”
Hussain and Zhu will work to expand Greenovate Boston, a new sustainability movement to ensure "a greener, healthier and more prosperous future" for the city by meeting Menino’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020.
Over the next several months, the fellows will build awareness of the Greenovate movement and promote the environmental resources offered by the city and its community partners.
Through on-the-ground outreach, business engagement and an interactive website where Bostonians can share how they are "Greenovating," the fellows' upcoming work will culminate in a spring media launch that will include the Mayor’s "Greenovation" awards and an event-filled month promoting the city’s sustainability efforts.
"The Greenovate Fellows Program is a testament to Mayor Menino’s commitment to advancing Boston’s national standing as a leader in forward-thinking sustainability policy," said John Cleveland, executive director of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, a group of business and civic leaders in Boston convened by Mayor Menino in 2010 to meet the goals of the Mayor’s Climate Action Plan.
"These are two dynamic young professionals who will help generate ideas and awareness for residents and businesses about the opportunities for sustainable progress in the city."