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Last updated: 10/18/18

Climate Ready Boston

Climate Ready Boston is an initiative to develop resilient solutions to prepare our City for climate change.

Boston residents are already affected by extreme heat, rain, snow and flooding. These trends will likely continue. The City launched Climate Ready Boston to help Boston plan for the future impacts of climate change.

Climate Ready Boston is an ongoing initiative. We released a comprehensive study report in December 2016 that you can read below.  We are now working with the community and other partners to advance our vision for a Climate Ready Boston.

New announcements

Mayor Walsh announced a vision for a resilient harbor during his Chamber of Commerce speech on October 17.

resilient harbor vision

Read the October 2018 report, "Coastal Resilience Solutions for South Boston". Download the printer-friendly versions: Executive Summary, Full Report.

executive Summary

Full Report

Resilient Harbor Vision

Learn about our climate-ready vision to enhance Boston’s waterfront. We want to protect Boston's neighborhoods from sea level rise and flooding due to climate change.

Climate Resilient Infrastructure Guidelines

Photo of a vegetated berm
An example photo of a vegetated berm.

Public Works has released guidelines for flood barriers in the public right-of-ways. The document offers design, cost, and operations guidance on: 

  • Vegetated Berms
  • Harborwalk (Raised Seawall)
  • Raised Roadways, and
  • Temporary Flood Barriers.

Resilient Design guidelines

Coastal Resilience Project Tracker

Learn more about projects that protect Boston’s shoreline from coastal flooding and sea level rise.

Progress

Track our progress in implementing the citywide report recommendations 

 Climate Ready Boston Progress Tool
Background

Across the City, we recognize the importance of tracking our progress and being transparent. This tool is our pilot to improve those efforts in climate resiliency. We want to show the progress we're making on the initiatives recommended in the Climate Ready Boston Outline of Actions.

Explore the Maps

Better understand the flooding, heat, and social vulnerability data used in Climate Ready Boston

Video: Climate Ready Boston Leaders 2017 Reception
Take Action
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Help raise awareness in your community of Boston's climate impacts and what we can do to prepare.
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Latest News

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Boston celebrates National Energy Efficiency Day by encouraging all residents to participate in Renew Boston
Oct 2

We're updating our Climate Action Plan

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Aug 22

Next step taken toward implementation of Community Choice Aggregation

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Jun 7

Mayor Walsh calls on cities to join large-scale renewable energy initiative

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May 9

Mayor Walsh to host International Mayors Climate Summit in June

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Resources

The resources below are related to climate change vulnerabilities and adaptation planning in Greater Boston.