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Monday, April 19, 2021

牧師 MARIAMA WHITE-HAMMOND將出任波士頓市環境、能源、公開空間長

Reverend Mariama White-Hammond is appointed as Chief
 of Environment, Energy, and Open Space
         (Boston Orange 綜合報導)波士頓市長Kim Janey在地球日前夕,特地選擇在位於多徹斯特的夜鶯社區花園(Nightingale Community Garden),宣佈牧師Mariama White-Hammond將於426日接任波士頓市環境,能源及開放空間長。

                該職務的前任,Chris Cook已定接任蘿絲甘迺迪綠路保護會(The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy)主任。

           Mariama White-Hammond是多徹斯特新根AME教堂創堂牧師,綠色正義聯盟(Green Justice Coalition)成員,得獎無數,包括Barr學者,凱特爾人我們中的英雄,洛士百利創辦人日獎等等。

Mayor Kim Janey 
波士頓市環境,能源及開放空間內閣麾下包括環保局,公園及娛樂局。做為首長,White-Hammond將監管能源,氣候變化,可持續性,樓宇安全,歷史保存及開放空間,以及波士頓做好氣候準備(White-Hammond)”,《建築物能源報告及披露條例》,《出租登記冊》,還有波士頓綠色創新(Greenovate Boston)”等的政策及項目。她也將持續推動波士頓於2050年達到二氧化碳零排放這目標。

White-Hammond上任後將三管齊下,採用創新方法來減緩極端的熱,在夏天時設計平等的涼爽計畫,藉由社區花園來加強人們取得食物的便利,並針對年輕人創造新的綠色工作管道。

波士頓市長Kim Janey辦公室也藉此機會強調,Kim Janey提出的2022會計年度預算,包括許多環保項目,例如:

撥款4800萬元給

Chris Cook is taking ED position at Greenway.
更新波士頓信託(Renew Boston Trust)”的第2,第3階段,辨識市有樓宇改造能源項目,為未來節省能源。

撥款500萬元給波士頓海港為氣候做準備(Climate Ready Boston Harbor)”項目,以期降低海水因氣候變化而上升,可能造成沿海地區淹水等的損害。

撥款2000萬元,在堡壘點通道設計,建造適應氣候的水前公園。

每年撥款170萬元來持續地在全市種植街道樹。

撥款180萬元重鋪多徹斯特公園通道。

撥款750萬元充鋪後灣,芬衛區通道,以改善進出方便及場地狀況。

撥款1550萬元來完成科普利(Copley)廣場的重新設計,以優化其因應高交通流量和暴風雨水量的能力。

經由波士頓市第一個平等採購試驗計畫,撥款940萬元來重新設計及建造新的Malcolm X公園。

           White-Hammond牧師在波士頓出生,長大,高中就開始參與社區,擔任同儕健康教育者。她參加的嬉合項目(Project HIP-HOP - Highways Into the Past – History, Organizing and Power)”,這教導年輕人民權運動歷史,鼓勵年輕人參加社運,對她有很大影響。參與該機構13年後的2014年,她上了波士頓大學神學院,並於2017年取得神學碩士學位,被任命為非洲衛理公會主教長老。2018年她在多徹斯特創辦了會眾多族裔的新根AME教堂。

MAYOR JANEY ANNOUNCES REVEREND MARIAMA WHITE-HAMMOND APPOINTED AS CHIEF OF ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY, AND OPEN SPACE

BOSTON - Monday, April 19, 2021 - Mayor Kim Janey today announced that she has appointed Reverend Mariama White-Hammond as Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space for the City of Boston. In this role, Rev. White-Hammond will be responsible for leading the Cabinet in achieving its mission of enhancing environmental justice and quality of life in Boston by protecting air, water, climate, and land resources, as well as preserving and improving the integrity of Boston's architectural and historic resources. The Reverend will assume the role previously held by Chris Cook, who has been named the next Executive Director of The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. 

Rev. Mariama White-Hammond has extensive background in embedding equity and environmental justice into Boston’s communities. She is the founding pastor of New Roots AME Church in Dorchester, a multi-racial, multi-class community. In this work, Rev. White-Hammond utilizes an intersectional lens to connect ecology, immigration, climate change, energy policy and economic justice. She is a fellow with the Green Justice Coalition, which brings together eight social/environmental justice groups from around Massachusetts. Rev. White-Hammond is a public speaker throughout the nation and was a leader for both the 2017 Boston Women’s March and Boston People’s Climate Mobilization. She has received numerous awards, including the Barr Fellowship, the Celtics Heroes Among Us, The Roxbury Founders Day Award and the Boston NAACP Image award. She was selected as one of the Grist 50 Fixers for 2019 and Sojourners 11 Women Shaping the Church. 

“Reverend Mariama White-Hammond is an advocate, facilitator and pastor who has extensive experience in creating a more just, inclusive and sustainable Boston,” said Mayor Kim Janey. “I am confident that Rev. White-Hammond is the right person to accelerate our efforts around environmental justice, while expanding our green jobs pipeline and helping us achieve our goal of carbon neutrality, all of which are critical elements of our recovery and renewal agenda.”

The Cabinet includes the Environment Department and the Parks and Recreation Department. As Chief, Rev. White-Hammond will oversee policy and programs on energy, climate change, sustainability, building safety, historic preservation and open space, including Climate Ready Boston, the building energy reporting & disclosure ordinance, rental registry, and Greenovate Boston, the city's community outreach initiative on sustainability. She will also continue to move the city towards its goal of being carbon neutral by 2050, as part of Carbon Free Boston. Rev. White-Hammond will begin her new role on April 26th.

“I want to thank Mayor Janey for her leadership and willingness to tackle the inequities in our neighborhoods that have been exacerbated by climate change,” said Rev. White-Hammond. “I am committed to supporting Mayor Janey’s agenda for recovery, reopening and renewal through an equity lens and that creates sustainable opportunities for Bostonians.” 

Rev. White-Hammond joins the City of Boston with a three-pronged agenda to combat climate change and the environmental inequities that have been intensified by COVID-19. This roadmap consists of utilizing innovative approaches to mitigate extreme heat and create equitable cooling plans during the summer, enhancing food access through community gardens, as well as creating a new green jobs pipeline targeting workforce development for the younger generation. 

Mayor Janey’s Administration is taking steps to recognize and address the risks of climate change, and to protect Boston’s urban ecosystem. Last week, Mayor Janey proposed the following investments for environmental resilience and climate justice in the Fiscal Year 2022 budget proposal:

·    $48 million for Phase 2 and 3 of Renew Boston Trust, which is designed to identify energy retrofit project opportunities in City-owned buildings to create future energy savings. 

·    $5 million for a Climate Ready Boston Harbor study to support the development of a study that will examine the feasibility of measures along and within the Boston Harbor to reduce vulnerability of coastal flooding due to sea level rise caused by climate change.

·    $20 million to design and implement a signature, climate resilient waterfront park along the Fort Point Channel.

·    $1.7 million per year for the ongoing program of street tree planting throughout the city

·    $1.8 million to repave pathways at Dorchester Park 

·    $7.5 million to repave pathways at the Back Bay Fens to improve accessibility and site conditions

·    $15.5 million to complete the park redesign at Copley Square to optimize resilience to high-traffic events and storm-water

·    $9.4 million to redesign and construct a new Malcolm X Park through the City’s first Equitable Procurement Pilot program

Rev. White-Hammond was born and raised in Boston and began her community engagement in high school when she worked as a Peer Health Educator. She was particularly shaped by her involvement in Project HIP-HOP (Highways Into the Past - History, Organizing and Power), a youth organization focused on teaching the history of the Civil Rights Movement and engaging a new generation of young people in activism. After college, she returned to Boston, and became the Executive Director of Project HIP-HOP, where she joyfully engaged young people in community organizing and culture making. After 13 years at Project HIP-HOP in 2014, Rev. White-Hammond left the organization to attend Boston University School of Theology. In 2017, she graduated with her Master of Divinity and was ordained an elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. In 2018 she founded New Roots AME Church, a multi-racial congregation in Dorchester

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