What’s next for Climate Ready Boston
December 9, 2016
Climate Ready Boston is Mayor Walsh’s initiative to make Boston more resilient to the impacts of climate change. Mayor Martin J. Walsh released the latest report from Climate Ready Boston yesterday after a year of collaboration across departments, different levels of government, various sectors, and our neighborhoods.
This latest report looks at how issues, including rising sea levels and more extreme temperatures. will impact our neighborhoods, infrastructure systems, buildings, and environment. It recommends actions that reduce Boston’s risks, and strengthens the resilience of our City. Now that the report is out, the City is moving forward to act on these recommendations.
The study released yesterday identifies nine locations in Boston most at risk from coastal flooding due to sea level rise. In these spots, solutions are needed to protect residents, infrastructure, and the built environment from the growing risk of floods in the coming decades.
The City of Boston was recently awarded a grant from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management to design nature-based coastal resiliency strategies for two priority sites in East Boston and north Charlestown. These sites were selected because they are currently at risk for flooding, which will only increase in the future. They both are also relatively narrow, and a specific flood protection solution could effectively be employed at these flood pathway entrances. These solutions will provide a template for how the City looks at additional at-risk areas. The City released an RFP for this project on November 14, which closes next week.
Mayor Walsh also announced yesterday the Barr Foundation has committed additional funds to help the City of Boston expand its local resilience area planning to even more neighborhoods at-risk for climate impacts. This support for neighborhood-level resilience projects, coastal protection analysis, and community engagement will be critical for implementing solutions identified in the Climate Ready Boston report.
Greenovate Boston will also pilot a ‘climate leaders’ engagement program for Bostonians who want to be more involved with the City’s climate work. This program will provide the training necessary to address the report's key findings and recommendations, as well as help participants lead relevant conversations within their respective communities about resiliency. The program is still being developed in partnership with the Green Ribbon Commission; stay tuned for more details on the first training in January 2017.