Boston is highly vulnerable to the impacts of a changing climate and is projected to experience more intense storms, warmer days, and rising sea levels over the next several decades. But these impacts won’t stop at the city’s limits; they’ll be felt across the entire region, affecting all who live, work, and play throughout the Boston area.
At The Trust for Public Land, we believe that local climate change preparations must also cross city lines, drawing on the expertise and resources of Boston’s many surrounding municipalities. That’s why we’re teaming up with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to bring our Climate-Smart Cities™ initiative to the 14 cities and towns in the Metro Mayors Coalition, a voluntary coalition of Greater Boston communities who work together to find solutions to common problems. These communities include Boston, Braintree, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Melrose, Medford, Newton, Quincy, Revere, Somerville and Winthrop. Together we are helping to unite these cities around their shared climate challenges and develop the tools needed to overcome them.
The Trust for Public Land’s national Climate-Smart Cities program is partnering with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and these 14 regional leaders in providing key planning and decision-making support to help the city achieve regional resiliency goals by leveraging the power of green infrastructure for those who need it most. Together with the Metro Mayors Coalition and other municipal and community partners, we’re bringing cutting-edge science, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) planning, and innovative design to drive park, open space and green infrastructure solutions in preparing the city and its most vulnerable for a climate-resilient future.
Our Climate-Smart Cities™ process bring together a team of experts to research, design, and build the infrastructure and tools that help increase our resilience to climate change. Our strategy is to: