This past spring, the Greenovate and Climate Ready Boston teams partnered with the Green Ribbon Commission to launch the Climate Ready Boston Leaders program. Earlier this month, we trained almost 70 Leaders to have climate conversations in their own communities.
The Climate Ready Boston Leaders program aims to increase awareness and understanding of the climate impacts Boston is facing, and to receive more perspective about the strategies the City is considering to prepare for these impacts.
We accepted applications for this education program throughout May, and invited our first cohort to attend trainings in early June. Throughout the summer, these Leaders will be presenting the City’s latest climate projections and proposed solutions from the Climate Ready Boston initiative to communities across Boston.
The pilot program received over 100 applications, representing nearly every neighborhood in the city and each leader has a goal of reaching at least 30 people in their community. If each of the leaders meets their goal, the cohort has the potential to reach 2,100 Bostonians.
Working collaboratively with the community to make sure all Bostonians are aware of climate change and the work the City is doing to prepare Boston is an action outlined in Boston’s 2014 Climate Action Plan and the 2016 Climate Ready Boston Report.
We will be posting public presentations to our community calendar here; make sure to check throughout the summer to see if a presentation will be happening near you! The Climate Ready Leaders program is still in pilot phase, and we’re hoping to continue this model with more trainings later this year; if you’re interested in participating, be sure to connect with Greenovate to stay up to date with the latest news for how you can get involved in climate action here in Boston.