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By October 21, 2019 No Comments

Next Tuesday, Climate Action Liaison Coalition (CALC), in partnership with Greenovate Boston, is kicking-off a new program called Businesses Acting on Rising Seas Boston, or BARSBoston for short. BARSBoston aims to support businesses in the face of a changing climate and let people know just how much damage climate change will cause to our businesses and communities. The businesses will publicly display a decal in their windows to demonstrate the projected 100-year flood mark in 2050.

Businesses will also receive a guide on steps to prepare for more extreme storms and heat waves, and will be asked to be community leaders in discussing neighborhood-level climate preparedness. Through their engagement, businesses will take a step towards advocating for robust policy at the municipal and state levels necessary to mitigate and adapt to the change the science shows is coming.


The campaign, which is part of a national effort spearheaded by the American Sustainable Business Council, is focused on Boston’s Back Bay, Beacon Hill, South End, East Boston, Fort Point and Innovation District. The CALC team hit the streets early in June leading up to Tuesday’s kick-off event, where the City of Boston’s Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space, Brian Swett, CALC business leaders Susan Labandibar, and Jim Newman of Linnean Solutions, will speak on climate adaptation strategies for small businesses and the City’s efforts to prepare for climate change.