Mayor Menino Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from EPA

Boston, June 26, 2013, — Mayor Thomas M. Menino was recognized today by the US Environmental Protection Agency New England Region with an Environmental Merit Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Menino speaks at Ferdindand building topping off ceremony in Roxbury on June 24.

“We have made significant progress in sustainability and climate action in Boston only because we have a shared vision and we have all worked together,” Mayor Menino said. “I am honored to receive this award; however it really belongs to the entire City of Boston, for I couldn’t have done it without the support and efforts of all of the residents and businesses that are committed to making Boston one of the greenest cities in the world.”

The Merit Awards recognize valuable contributions to environmental awareness and problem solving and are a unique way for EPA to recognize individuals and groups that are making significant impacts on environmental quality in distinct ways.

The Mayor is receiving this award in recognition of over 20 years of leadership that has established Boston as a national leader in urban sustainability.

“To be recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency with an environmental lifetime achievement award speaks highly of Mayor Menino’s leadership,” said Brian Swett, Chief of Environment and Energy. “This award recognizes the Mayor’s success in pushing the boundaries in what can be achieved to address climate change while leveraging sustainability to create a better environment that also drives economic development.”

Awarded since 1970, the EPA New England merit awards honor individuals and groups who have shown particular ingenuity and commitment in their efforts to preserve the region’s environment. Awards were given in the following categories: individual; business; local, state or federal government; and environmental, community, academia or nonprofit organization.