Boston Consulting provides policy, planning and engagement services in community energy and climate change mitigation and adaptation.  Boston Consulting serves local governments and organizations with community development mandates including senior government departments, utilities, real estate developers, municipal associations and non-profits. Boston Consulting has the acumen to create a climate and build the energy for better communities:

  • Local to Global Perspective:

    Extensive experience in neighbourhood, community and regional scale community energy and climate action with a deep understanding of local and senior government authority and opportunity, as well as international climate policy.

  • Systems Thinking:

    Strong capacity to craft policies and plans that systemically advance resonant community priorities such as affordability, community economic development, congestion management, seniors housing, infrastructure deficit management.

  • Cross Sectoral + Interdisciplinary Knowledge:

    Solid appreciation of traditional sectors – buildings, transportation, waste, local energy supply – complemented by a keen awareness of the interplay with land use, urban design, development, demography, local economics, and common, complex community concerns.

  • Incisive Engagement + Decision Making:

    Methodical decision making and meaningful engagement approaches craft solutions with strong buy in from internal and external stakeholders.

  • Pragmatic + Innovative Approach:

    Focused on the ultimate finish line and each strategic step to get us there, optimizing for the best solutions inside and outside the box to address your community’s unique needs.

Alex Boston is founder of Boston Consulting. His skills, knowledge and experience helps communities identify, develop and implement resonant climate actions:

  • Broad + Deep Interdisciplinary Knowledge:

    Alex understands GHG and energy management across classic community sectors – buildings, energy supply, transportation, and waste.  His passion, nevertheless, is land use – the foundation of community energy dynamics, and dominant sphere of local government influence.  He has advised cities on adaptation and provided policy guidance at provincial and neighbourhood-scales on sea level rise flood management.

  • Local to Global Experience:

    While Alex’s passion is community, he has years of experience with provincial, federal and international climate policy analysis.  This telescopic appreciation supports informed counsel to diverse governments and multi-level governance advising, an imperative for successful, sustained climate protection.

  • Local to Global Experience:

    While Alex’s passion is community, he has years of experience with provincial, federal and international climate policy analysis.  This telescopic appreciation supports informed counsel to diverse governments and multi-level governance advising, an imperative for successful, sustained climate protection.

  • Award Winning Track Record:

    Alex has led multiple award-winning community energy and climate projects, and helped numerous communities shape policies and actions that are being implemented on the ground, cutting GHGs, reducing vulnerability to climate change, and building better communities.

  • Professional Depth:

    Prior to establishing Boston Consulting, Alex was Senior Planner directing community climate and energy teams at a series of planning and design firms that merged with global engineering consultancy Golder Associates in Vancouver. Alex’s team was an early pioneer of community carbon and energy modelling and mapping. He served the David Suzuki Foundation as senior climate policy analyst and earned his MSc at Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute where he was a British Council Scholar.

  • Trusted, Versatile Advisor:

    Alex has served a score of local governments and been a frequent advisor to BC Government ministries. He has provided ongoing counsel to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities on Climate Protection Program renewal. He recently completed the urban agenda for a

  • Engagement Excellence:

    Alex is dedicated to helping demystify and deliver on well-defined objectives and outcomes.  His engagement and decision making experience helps high level decision makers, internal and external stakeholders, and the public build bridges to traditional and novel low carbon futures.