Hear from staff and partners about aspirations, accomplishments, and lessons learned along the way.

From Planning to Action: Preparing Boston for a Changing Climate

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Mia Mansfield

Guest Author · Program Manager, Climate Ready Boston

Mia Mansfield, program manager for the City of Boston’s Climate Ready Boston initiative, talks about the findings, next steps, and key lessons from Boston’s most recent climate resilience report.

January 03, 2018 | Category: Climate

Time for Aspiration for Mobility in Massachusetts

Mary Skelton Roberts

Mary Skelton Roberts

Co-Director of Climate

Reflections on the urgency, and possibility of dramatic change in Massachusetts’ transportation system in 2018 and beyond.

December 22, 2017 | Category: Climate

Barr Foundation Expands Climate Program

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Jim Canales

President & Trustee

With an initial $5 million commitment for 2018, Barr Foundation adds climate resilience as a third priority of its Climate program.

December 13, 2017 | Category: Climate

Barr Awards $23.8 Million in New Grants

Including support for creative placemaking partnerships, student-centered high school models, clean energy technology projects, and the creation of a great public realm throughout Boston’s waterfront.

December 12, 2017 | Category: Barr News

Riding the Bus Is About to Get Better for 30,000 Commuters

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Mary Skelton Roberts

Mary Skelton Roberts

Co-Director of Climate

Arlington, Everett, and Cambridge in partnership with Watertown, receive $100,000 grants to demonstrate BRT’s potential.

December 07, 2017 | Category: Climate

Because We All Love our Children

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Audrey Schulman

Guest Author · Co-Founder & President, Home Energy Efficiency Team

They entered the room as adversaries. They left as partners, committed, for their children’s sake, to solve a pressing climate challenge.

December 05, 2017 | Category: Climate

Giving that Considers All Costs

Jim Canales

Jim Canales

President & Trustee

Three principles that guide Barr's approach to its grant investments.

November 28, 2017 | Category: Barr News

Eight Questions with Barr's New Director of Learning and Evaluation

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Yvonne Belanger

Director of Learning & Evaluation

A conversation about the role of learning and evaluation in philanthropy with Yvonne Belanger.

November 16, 2017 | Category: Barr News

Developing a New Vision of High School Education

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Stephen Zrike

Guest Author · Receiver and Superintendent, Holyoke Public Schools

Dr. Stephen Zrike, Receiver/Superintendent of Holyoke Public Schools, shares lessons from the high school design process that resulted in establishing a new vision for high school education in Holyoke.

November 09, 2017 | Category: Education

Arts, Culture and Transportation: A Creative Placemaking Field Scan

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Jamie Hand

Guest Author · Director of Research Strategies, ArtPlace America

New analysis bolsters the case for collaboration between arts and transportation to generate innovative solutions to pressing mobility challenges.

November 08, 2017 | Category: Arts & Creativity