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Carbon Free Boston

Carbon Free Boston is an initiative to prepare the City to go carbon neutral by 2050. The first step within the initiative, the Carbon Free Boston report, will analyze the costs and benefits of policies and technologies that could enable Boston to reach this goal. Our goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and our analysis will help inform the City’s next update of its Climate Action Plan.


Learn more about how the City of Boston is going carbon neutral.



Climate Ready Boston

Climate Ready Boston is an ongoing initiative to develop resilient solutions to prepare our City for climate change. The latest report was released in December 2016, and outlines recommendations to ensure Boston will be climate-ready. Boston residents are already affected by extreme heat, rain, snow and flooding. These trends will likely continue.


Explore the City of Boston's climate preparedness work.



Zero Waste Boston

Zero Waste Boston is an initiative to transform Boston into a zero waste city through planning, policy, and community engagement. Zero waste is a transition towards material use reduction, repair, and reuse. Mayor Walsh has commissioned a technical study of Boston's waste management as part of the City's zero waste planning process. The process will inform Carbon Free Boston, and its results will contribute to the City's next update of its Climate Action Plan.


Find out more about our transition to zero waste.

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Climate Ready Downtown and North End Open House #2 recap

Last week, the City hosted a second open house to discuss the design of coastal resilience solution around the Downtown waterfront. Around 85 people attended the presentation, and many stayed afterward to share their thoughts on the designs. We received great feedback at the event! You can view the presentation and posters that were presented at the event here. You can also watch a short video about the open house here!

The project team shared the potential solutions for three sub-district compartments of the coastline. Participants were then able to provide specific feedback for the proposed coastal flooding resilience design options for each subdistrict. 

For each subdistrict, both a roadway plan and a waterfront plan were presented. The roadway plans provide flood protection within the city’s right-of-way by raising the roads. The waterfront designs use the existing waterfront and new fill for flood protection, while also creating new open spaces, such as elevated harborwalks and parks. Based on initial survey results from the open house (30 respondents), the waterfront plans were more popular, for all three subdistricts (average rating was 4.02/5). Attendees commented on the environmental and community benefits that would come from these waterfront plans. The concerns for both the waterfront and the roadway plans were mainly due to the feasibility of implementation and the timeline.

We really appreciate the input from everyone who was able to attend our open house, as it is crucial for our resilience planning process. If you were unable to attend but would still like to contribute feedback, or if you have additional feedback, please email Alisha Pegan at

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