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Last updated: 1/16/18

Climate Ready Boston Leaders

Our outreach pilot program aims to increase awareness and understanding of the climate impacts Boston is facing. We want to involve Bostonians in developing and advancing our action items. 

Join us in sharing key findings from the Climate Ready Boston report with your community group, organization, family, and friends. The Climate Ready Boston Leaders program gives you the materials and support you need to facilitate discussions on climate preparedness. You also get a chance to provide input on the City’s next steps.

Ready to become a Climate Ready Boston Leader? 
Leader How-To Guide

Have questions? Contact us:

  1. Tuesday, January 23, 6 - 8 p.m., Piemonte Room, City Hall
  2. Saturday, January 27, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Bolling Building, 6th floor
  3. Tuesday, January 30, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Fort Point Room, BSA Space

Email if you are interested in attending.

About the program

Climate Ready Boston Leaders Summer 2017 training

We trained almost 70 leaders in our summer 2017 pilot program. These leaders hosted events throughout their communities over the summer and fall of 2017. To stay up to date on future trainings, sign up for the Greenovate email list.

Program information

Program information

If you attended the Climate Ready Leaders training, find more support materials below. Email for access to the shared Google Drive.

What is the Climate Ready Boston Leaders Program?

The Greenovate Boston initiative aims to engage a broader diversity of Bostonians in Climate Ready Boston. Our goal is to provide residents the resources they need to hold climate events and conversations in their own communities. Leaders share feedback from these conversations with the City. They also work with Greenovate to help shape Climate Ready Boston.

Who can become a 'leader'?

Everyone is welcome to become a 'leader.' We hope to engage all of Boston's diverse communities and encourage participation from people-of-color, women, and lgbtq and minority communities. 

What is my responsibility as a 'leader'?

Leaders attend a two-hour training on the Climate Ready Boston findings and recommendations. This includes a mock presentation. Following the training, you should submit event proposals to the Greenovate team about the conversations and events you're interested in hosting. Each event should engage at least 30 community members with our resources in the following three months. Community members include:

  • family and friends
  • co-workers
  • students and youth groups
  • neighborhood associations.

Scholarships are available to support leaders in hosting their events. These are coordinated and distributed by the Green Ribbon Commission. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please submit a budget proposal along with your event proposal form. 

Once you hold an event, you’ll submit a feedback form on your experience as a meeting host and the forms of those who attended your meeting. These forms help us better understand and address the concerns of specific neighborhoods and communities. They're a very important piece of the process. 

Please share any photos with us from the event as well using #climatereadyBOS. We will hold a final program gathering later in the spring to celebrate the second cohort’s great work raising awareness of climate change in Boston!

What can I use my stipend for?

Scholarships are meant to compensate your time to organize and lead an event. They can also go toward event costs, such as food, printing materials, or space rentals.

What is the program timeline?

Our next in-person trainings will be held:

  1. Tuesday, January 23, 6 - 8 p.m. at the Piemonte Room, Boston City Hall
  2. Saturday, January 27, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Bolling Building, 6th floor
  3. Tuesday, January 30, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Fort Point Room, BSA Space
What kind of meeting should I host?

We don’t want to enforce any rules on you. Our goal is provide you with the resources you need to hold climate conversations. By working with us, you'll help us reach further into the Boston community than we’re able to. A meeting can be:

  • a gathering of friends
  • a lunch-and-learn session at work
  • an add-on to an existing community meeting or event, or
  • whatever else you have in mind.

If you can’t reach at least 30 people in one meeting, you can break it up into smaller group conversations. Be creative in your proposals, we want to support your ideas!

What if I can’t answer a question raised during a meeting?

We are not expecting you to be experts, just passionate and interested community leaders. The goal of these conversations is to share the findings of the Climate Ready Boston report and what the City is doing about climate change. We want conversations that discuss what climate change means for communities, and what actions people want to take. From your feedback forms, we’ll put together questions and answers to help future leaders. We'll also make sure to direct participants to the right resources.

How do I stay engaged after my community meeting?

There are many ways to stay involved, including:

  • coming to the next leaders gathering
  • volunteering to help with the next round of leaders
  • posting and staying informed on our Facebook page
  • becoming a mentor to a new leader
  • updating us on how you're engaging with your community, and
  • continuing to spread the message. 

Latest news

Latest news
CREB Open House, Sandbox
Aug 14

What we heard at the July Climate Ready East Boston open house

Greenovate Award Winners 2017
May 4

Become a Climate Ready Boston Leader

Watch: Climate Ready Boston Update Webinar
Apr 26

Climate Ready Boston Webinar Recap

Apr 21

New pilot program for climate ready Boston leaders

Climate Ready Boston news

Leader spotlights

Leader spotlights
"I am proud to work in a city that is proactively facing the effects of climate change."
Climate Leader Spotlight, Sylvia Scharf
"I am excited to be part of this movement to educate myself and share information with my community."
Fabienne E. CRB Leader
"Climate Change is important to the Boston Caribbean community. It is important that we talk about it."
Leader Andrew Sharpe