Championship-caliber sports teams. World-famous clam chowder. A tea-filled harbor. There are plenty of reasons why people around the globe are familiar with the capital of Massachusetts. Boston has continuously found ways to make a name for itself since its founding in 1630. From its role in the American Revolution to its status as a haven of prestigious universities, The Cradle of Liberty prides itself on being a leader and frontrunner in a number of fields — which is why it’s not surprising that the city has been making headlines recently in a new field: “going green.”
While it seems like West Coast cities such as Portland and Seattle are the ones famous for being super eco-friendly, Boston’s homeowners and apartment residents alike are making a name for themselves as ecowarriors with greater and greater frequency.
With Earth Day just around the corner, we thought it would be appropriate to take a closer look at some of the ways Bostonians are working on saving the world, not just on April 22, but year-round. From keeping the parks clean to cycling to work, the “going green” mentality is quickly being accepted by many of the city’s patrons.
If you’re new to Boston or just late to the party, worry not. Here are a few things you can do to “go green” just like the locals.
Enjoy the Greenery
Established in 1634, Boston Common is as a familiar name in The Bay State as Tom Brady. With more than 2,300 acres of park land throughout the city, Bostonians have plenty of locations to go be active, but we would be remiss to not mention America’s oldest park. During the winter, you can show off your ice skating skills on Frog Pond, and when the weather is warm, it’s always fun to play a game of softball or take a jog along world-renowned Freedom Trail. No matter what it is that gets your blood pumping, there aren’t many better places to soak up some vitamin D than at Boston Common.
Looking for more of a challenge? Take a short drive north to Medford, where you can discover (or rediscover) Torbert MacDonald State Park. Lying alongside the beautiful Mystic River, the park has the ability to make you feel like you’re far away from home, even if home is just a few steps away. It’s easy to see why the state park was named the Best Urban Hike Award Winner of 2017 by Boston Magazine.
Savor Farm (Sea)-to-Table Dining
After spending an afternoon strolling through the city’s urban oases, reward yourself with a mouthwatering, healthy meal. Well, maybe not always healthy, but definitely fresh. Thanks to its oceanfront location, Boston affords you an opportunity to devour the day’s catch. Whether you’re at Legal Harborside Floor 1 in the Seaport District or a classic mom-and-pop eatery like Neptune Oyster, freshly caught seafood is certainly in abundance.
Though known for its clam chowder and lobster rolls, Boston is also home to unique, foreign-influenced restaurants. From the delectable Italian dishes at Pammy’s to the unique French cuisine at Les Sablons, the culture of the immigrants who came to Boston years ago still lingers in the meals made today. While we can’t attest to how you have it prepared, you can at least have peace of mind knowing your food’s ingredients are nice and fresh.
Get Around Without a Car
With a population of over half a million people, getting around the metropolis can be challenging at times. If you ask the locals, many will say there are too many people to all be on the road, but luckily, you don’t have to be one of them. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is commonly used by thousands of citizens every day. While the subway consisting of five major lines is most frequently utilized, greatly reducing the amount of air pollution caused by automobiles, the MBTA is also composed of bus and ferry systems.
Looking to go one step further toward reducing your carbon footprint? Boston has an abundance of bike lanes, making cycling a very popular form of commuting from late spring to late fall. In recent years, the city has transformed itself from one of the worst cities for cycling into one of the best in the country, though we still recommend you wear a helmet and stay aware of your surroundings.
Do It the Old-School Way
To be a true local, Greystar apartment residents have to embrace Boston’s sports teams. All of them. But in the name of going green, we won’t demand that you to go to a Patriots, Bruins or Red Sox game — though you should. Instead, we recommend a Celtics game at TD Garden. The most successful basketball organization of all time, the Boston Celtics are consistently one of the best teams in the NBA, which means going to a competition at Boston Garden is bound to be full of excitement. Just make sure you grab the green face paint or your favorite green jersey before watching Kyrie Irving bring home a win.
So, you don’t have any plans on moving to Boston? That’s OK. You can still go green this Earth Day — and every other day of the year — with these tips.
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