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 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.
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.
Imagine 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.
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.
GET MORE INVOLVED
For businesses, organizations, or institutions
Explore the resources from A Better City’s Sustainable Buildings Initiative for climate preparedness and resiliency.
For community groups
Greenovate Neighborhoods is a great way to connect to other residents who are helping implement the City’s Climate Action Plan. Here are a few other active groups that provide resources to communities:
- Neighborhood of Affordable Housing in East Boston
- Boston Harbor Now
- Climate Action Business Association
Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA) are flood plains that adjoin a river, stream, or other inland or coastal waterway that are inundated by water during the 1 percent annual chance flood (100-year flood). The 1 percent annual chance flood is a flood event having a 1 percent chance of being equaled or exceeded in magnitude in any given year.
SFHAs are considered a Wetland Resource Area under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and are depicted on Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) as Zones A, AE, AH, AO, AR, A99, V and VE.
Floodplain management in Boston
Boston's Conservation Commission — The City of Boston's Conservation Commission works with the state and federal governments to protect property that is vulnerable to flooding.
Green infrastructure projects help the City of Boston protect, adapt, and reduce the impacts from climate change. Many departments are working together to implement green infrastructure into capital projects, including the Environment Department, Parks Department, Transportation Department, Boston Water and Sewer Commission, Boston Public Schools, and others.
Green infrastructure in Boston
The Trust for Public Land — The Trust for Public Land’s national Climate-Smart Cities program is providing decision-making support to help the City achieve goals laid out in Climate Ready Boston.
Resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses and systems to survive, adapt, and thrive - no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience. In Boston, we are proud to be a part of a comprehensive network of people working to address racial inequities in our City, and use this lens to create resilience infrastructure and systems to meet the needs of all Bostonians.
Resilience in Boston
The Mayor's Office of Resilience and Racial Equity — The Mayor's Office of Resilience and Racial Equity leads efforts to help Boston plan for and deal with catastrophes and slow-moving disasters — like persistent racial and economic inequality — that have become part of 21st century life.