Last week, the City of Boston hosted a panel on the recently released Climate Ready Boston report. A guide for anticipating and adapting to climate change-related weather events, the report is a part of city’s integrated response to climate change focusing on lessening its pace—reducing overall greenhouse gas emissions—and preparing for its effects.
Panelists discussed the report's findings and the future of resilience planning in Boston
Introduced by Carl Spector, Boston's Commissioner of the Environment, and moderated by Julie Wormser, Executive Director of Boston Harbor Now, the panel featured representatives of the City of Boston, who discussed how Climate Ready Boston will shape Boston now and in the future.
Read on for more about the panelists and topics of discussion.
Austin Blackmon, Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space for the City of Boston, discussed how Climate Ready Boston is an example of Mayor Walsh’s initiative to run a ‘data-driven’ city. “This report analyzed the data building by building, neighborhood by neighborhood, parcel by parcel to determine how to mobilize our city before a disaster hits, instead of after,” he said.
Sara Myerson, Director of Planning for the Boston Planning and Development Agency, spoke of how Climate Ready Boston is bringing a resiliency lens to Imagine Boston 2030, Boston’s first city-wide plan in 50 years.
Audience members were invited to ask questions of the panelists after the presentations
Likewise, Chris Osgood the Chief of Streets for the City of Boston discussed how the city’s transit plan, Go Boston, is informed by the city’s attempts to decrease carbon emissions, advocating for increased walking, biking, and public transit instead of automobile use.
Last, Rebekah Emanuel, Executive Director of Imagine Boston 2030 presented the city-wide plan’s overall goals and concrete next steps about how to proactively prepare for climate change-related events such as flooding and temperature increases in geographically and socially vulnerable areas.
Click here to read our Q&A on Climate Ready Boston.