The City of Boston is tackling the challenges associated with climate change head on. In a city where a densely populated highly urbanized meets the sea, the city is doing the hard work to prepare for sea level rise, increasing urban temperatures, greater precipitation, and other risks through their robust and comprehensive climate analysis and action plan, Climate Ready Boston. The Trust for Public Land’s national Climate-Smart Cities program is providing key planning and decision-making support to help the city achieve the goals laid out in Climate Ready Boston. Together with city and community partners, we’re bringing cutting-edge science, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) planning, and innovative design to prepare the entire region for a climate-resilient future with a particular emphasis on underserved populations and critical at-risk infrastructure.
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:
Trails and transit lines provide carbon-free transportation and link residents to popular destinations and each other.
Shady green spaces reduce the urban “heat island” effect, protect people from heat waves, and reduce summer energy use.
Water-smart parks, playgrounds, and green alleys absorb rainfall, reduce flooding, and recharge drinking water supplies while saving energy for water management.
Shoreline parks and natural lands protect vulnerable infrastructure, neighborhoods, and residents from rising seas and storm surges.
Read more about the challenges of preparing for a resilient future
Read more about the partnerships that are helping to make Boston a Climate-Smart City