Despite the reduction of greenhouse gases by Boston and many other cities across the world, the global climate will continue to change for many years because of human’s contribution of pollution to the Earth’s atmosphere.

We are already noticing the effects of climate change here in Boston. We must adapt to the changes that have already occurred, and begin preparing for those to come. The 2014 City of Boston Climate Action Plan Update builds upon themes found in the 2011 Plan that integrates climate preparedness into all planning, program development, and project reviews undertaken by the City. It also advances implementation through increased community and intergovernmental engagement. As it has for many years, the City will strive to lead by example in preparing its own facilities and systems.

The City continues to monitor measures of risk, including sea-level averages, average annual temperature, number of days over 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and precipitation patterns. The City is also working with local experts and other cities to understand and develop better indicators of urban and community preparedness that can be used to establish more concrete goals.



Climate Ready Boston

Climate Ready Boston is an 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.


Ready Boston

Ready Boston is a city-wide community emergency preparedness initiative meant to educate and empower Bostonians about the hazards they may face, and encourages residents to prepare for all types of hazards.

Prepare your family and home with Ready Boston’s resources.


Boston Public Health Commission Community Preparedness

Emergencies don't wait for you to prepare before they strike. They can happen at any time, anywhere. From hurricanes and blizzards to house fires and flooding, you need to be prepared and ready to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your community.

Learn how you can prepare for an emergency with the Boston Public Health Commission.


Go Boston 2030

Go Boston 2030 is a City of Boston initiative hosted by the Boston Transportation Department to envision a bold transportation future for Boston for the next 5, 10, and 15 years. One of the three guiding principles of Go Boston is climate responsiveness.

Get involved with Go Boston 2030.


Imagine Boston block exerciseImagine Boston 2030

As Boston’s first citywide plan in 50 years, Imagine Boston 2030 will guide positive physical change while promoting shared prosperity, coordinated public investments, and a healthy environment and population.

Learn more about Imagine Boston 2030 and how you can get involved.


Waterfront Planning

The Downtown Waterfront Planning Initiative is led by the Boston Planning and Development Agency. It is the next step in the implementation of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway District Use and Development Guidelines, which were adopted by the Agency in 2010 to preserve and activate the Greenway’s open space resources and enhance connections between the Downtown’s neighborhood districts and waterfront.

Sign-up to receive updates about the Waterfront Planning projects.



  • Green Ribbon Commission -- The Boston Green Ribbon Commission is a group of business, institutional, and civic leaders in Boston working to develop shared strategies for fighting climate change in coordination with the City’s Climate Action Plan.

  • Climate Ready Boston advisory committee organizations -- Learn more about the groups who directly contribute to climate preparedness planning.

  • Climate Action Business Association -- Learn more about the Climate Action Business Association and their goal to help solve the climate crisis by organizing local business leaders to be more effective advocates for climate change action within our communities, at the business, local, state, regional, national and international level.

  • Boston Harbor Now -- The Boston Harbor Association and the Boston Harbor Islands Alliance have teamed up to become Boston Harbor Now - a bold vision to maximize recreational, cultural and social opportunities; promote an integrated water transportation system and to foster mixed economic development that will be a model for climate change resiliency.