Join us to hear Mayor Michelle Wu’s inaugural speech to the Greater Boston business community.
9:45am - 11:00am
Sheraton Boston Hotel
Join us for our fourth Future of Work event of the year for a discussion with regional leaders assessing where we are now with the current workforce and where the Commonwealth is heading.
9:00am - 10:00am
Well-B Innovation Center
The educator will lead you through an approachable tasting experience using The Urban Grape’s Progressive Scale.
5:30pm - 7:30pm
Our Boston’s Future Leaders (BFL) program provides emerging leaders with a socially conscious and civically engaged leadership toolkit, as well as the opportunity to apply their knowledge through experiential assignments.
We are now recruiting for our 2022 fall DEI cohort! We hope you’ll join us in our mission to increase DEI fluency and change in the Boston business community – starting with you.
Our Women’s Leadership Program enables you to take your leadership to the next level by arming you with the most in-demand leadership toolkit.
The Fall Seminar for Women in the Workplace created to ensure accessibility and affordability for small businesses
Our Economic Inclusion Committee provides strategic support around research, policies, and programs that are focused on building equal opportunity.
We are developing an ecosystem of corporations and partners with the influence and buying power to transform economic inclusion for minority business enterprises (MBEs).
The Fierce Urgency of Now Festival brings Boston’s diverse young professionals together with business leaders, organizations and their peers to build connection, advance careers and ignite positive change.
City Awake empowers young professionals in a variety of ways that encourages these rising leaders to stay invested in the region’s future success.
BIMA (the Boston Interactive Media Association) serves a vibrant community of like-minded professionals from agencies, brands, publishers, and ad-tech companies with business interests in the New England market.
For more than 25 years, the Chamber’s Women’s Network has connected female professionals of all background and career levels. Today, our Women’s Network is the largest in New England, strengthening the professional networks of women each year.
Through MITX (the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange), we’re building valuable connections between the people and ideas behind technology and its impact on the future of customer experiences, all to create a community that’s finding tomorrow’s solutions together.
We support small business through public policy initiatives, events designed to connect small businesses in Greater Boston to their peers and established business leaders, professional development offerings, and free small business advising.
Explore our mission and values to better understand how we are leading the business community forward.
Our member directory is your resource to discover, connect, and engage with Boston’s businesses from every industry and sector.
September 13, 2022
Dear City Council President Flynn,
On behalf of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and our 1,300 members, I write regarding Docket #1017, An Act Authorizing the City of Boston to Establish Fossil Fuel-Free Standards for New Construction and Major Renovation Projects.
The Chamber strongly supports the Commonwealth’s greenhouse gas reduction goals, including net-zero greenhouse gas emissions statewide by 2050. We recognize that reaching those goals will mean adapting to new methods and standards for the built environment and new energy sources for powering, heating, and cooling our buildings. However, we have significant concerns about the City Council’s home rule petition containing few details and developed without stakeholder feedback. Among our concerns is that potential fossil fuel-free building standards will have wide-ranging impacts on Boston’s development and economy. Furthermore, the state regulatory process governing implementation details has not begun.
For these reasons, the Chamber strongly urges the City Council to delay action on the petition until the Council considers concrete proposals, conducts an impacts analysis, and allows for technical feedback to avoid unintended or costly consequences to proposed standards.
Filed just weeks ago, the petition advanced with few details and little debate or analysis of the impact on development in the city despite wide ranging implications. City policies that dramatically impact the economy – including employers and homeowners – must be thoroughly considered and vetted prior to passage, particularly in the remote work environment. Although Boston is home to world class institutions in technology, health care, finance, research, higher education, and innovation, it faces increasingly formidable competition from regional and international competitors due to the high cost of local housing and development.
Despite broad references to a future process to develop an ordinance and an unspecified advisory committee, the petition fails to outline any guidance on the structure of proposed standards. While the Chamber understands that Boston wants to signal its interest in the state’s 10 municipality pilot program, such a broad petition sends a chilling signal for both residential and commercial development in the city, just as it grapples with some of the highest costs in the country.
In addition to these concerns, the Department of Energy Resources is responsible for promulgating regulations governing the pilot project for fossil fuel-free building standards but has not begun that process. These regulations may outline requirements for home-rule petitions, ordinances, or processes that are not contemplated within this petition. It is premature to move forward without a full picture of how the pilot program will work.
Thank you for your time and consideration. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.
James E. Rooney
President and CEO