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Climate Resilience

Our goal is to increase the capacity of Metro Boston communities to prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Integrating and institutionalizing climate resilience across sectors

Climate Resilience

To accelerate climate resilience in the region, we need informed and mobilized stakeholders, supportive policies and regulatory frameworks, and strong examples of climate resilient design and infrastructure. Our efforts to catalyze climate resilience are aligned under the following three strategies:

1. Build awareness of climate impacts, risks, and resilience strategies.

Priorities:

Build Awareness
  • Develop and disseminate value propositions that engage key stakeholders, including low-income and communities of color.
  • Strengthen the development of data and research that informs the creation of solution that are equitable, relevant, timely and actionable and highlight co-benefits.
  • Increase public awareness and engagement through the use of apps, charrettes, and other interactive experiences that engage residents and communities.

2. Mobilize key constituencies to advance policy and implement resilience plans.

Priorities:

Mobilize Key Constituencies
  • Strengthen the leadership development and capacity of communities to influence local and regional climate-resilience planning, policy development, and implementation.
  • Develop professional resilience practice networks to encourage developers, architects, landscapers, engineers, planners, and healthcare providers to incorporate resilience into their work.
  • Support advocacy organizations to educate and hold policymakers accountable for resilience policy, code, and zoning changes at the municipal and state levels.

3. Support demonstration projects that integrate resilience into the fabric of cities.

Priorities:

Demonstration Projects
  • Transform Metro Boston into a model of urban resilience with real policies and district-scale resilience solutions.
  • Integrate resilience into capital project planning so it is embedded in future design processes.
  • Support the use of green infrastructure and other natural systems to manage stormwater, mitigate heat, and provide additional benefits.

These are our preliminary overarching priorities. Mariella Puerto and Mary Skelton Roberts, co-directors of Barr's Climate Team will soon share more information about our Resilience strategies, including when and how potential partners can best propose project ideas for us to consider. We will also soon launch a search for a Program Officer to help lead this new area of work. If you are interested in receiving these and other updates, please sign up here.