Resilience

Officials seek more protections for city wetlands to counter effects of climate change

Boston has wetlands areas scattered across the city that have long been cherished for their beauty and environmental benefits. But environmental advocates say the city has few tools to protect these spaces from climate change and the secondary effects of development, such as shifts in flood patterns; the city is one of only three along the Massachusetts coastline that does not have local laws protecting wetlands.

→Source: The Boston Globe

Study finds rising seas are eroding value of homes along coast

Rising seas have already cost Massachusetts homeowners more than a quarter of a billion dollars in lost property value, according to a study set to be published Tuesday, with much more severe losses likely to come.

→Source: The Boston Globe

Opinion: Boston’s port needs attention

Today, Boston’s port economy supports more than 50,000 jobs and creates $4.6 billion in economic value for the city, the state, and the region. To preserve and strengthen Boston’s working ports during a time of rapid development and climate change we urge Massport to continue its focus on the working port and take steps to further modernize Boston’s maritime economy.

→Source: CommonWealth Magazine

EFSB Public Comment Hearing on Eversource Substation

The state Energy Facility Siting Board (EFSB) will hold a public comment hearing on the proposed electric substation on the Chelsea Creek in East Boston. Following a presentation by Eversource of a proposed project change, public officials and the public will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments . A Spanish/English and a Portuguese/English interpreter will be present.

Date: February 5, 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Location: East Boston High School
More Information: mass.gov/files
En español: mass.gov/files

The City Talks: Environmental Extremes

Join Boston-area thinkers, institutions, entrepreneurs, activists, city officials, and artists for a discussion inspired by themes found in “Ansel Adams in Our Time,” on exhibit now at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Date: February 13, 7:00–8:00 p.m.
Location: Linde Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
More Information: mfa.org/programs

Downtown Waterfront Coastal Resilience Study

Starting in 2019, this study will be conducted in various neighborhoods, including the Wharf District, as part of city’s Resilient Boston Harbor vision to protect our waterfront from rising sea level and climate change.

→Source: North End Waterfront

The Businesses That Benefit From A Clean Harbor Should Help Boston Address Climate Change

If we are serious about a vision for Boston that allows us not simply to survive rising oceans, but to create an environment and conditions under which our city can thrive, it’s going to take substantial contribution and involvement from the private sector. Because it’s going to be expensive.

→Source: WBUR

Reimagining the Future of Boston’s Waterfront

Nick Black of The Trustees guest authors a blog post on what Trustees learned in a recent survey of Boston residents, with widespread support for a waterfront that is resilient and open to all.

→Source: Barr Foundation

Mayor’s Column: How We Are Addressing Climate Change in Boston

“I am proud of the progress that Boston has made this year in so many areas, but there is one area of concern which impacts our future more than any other: climate change. It’s an urgent priority, and one which Boston must take aggressive steps to address if we hope to continue down this path towards a more prosperous, equitable, and resilient society.”

→Source: North End Waterfront

New England Aquarium Lecture Series: Inclusive Community Resilience Building in East Boston

Three East Boston leaders [Magdalena Ayed, The Harborkeepers; Alex DeFronzo, Piers Park Sailing Center; and Kannan Thiruvengadam, Eastie Farms and The Friends of the East Boston Greenway] are taking steps to engage diverse residents in activities to help foster community resilience in light of the challenges. The New England Aquarium is collaborating with these leaders on a project called Communities Advancing Science Literacy. The panelists will discuss why they do their work, how it is making a positive difference, and how more people can get involved to foster community resilience.

Date: November 1, 7:00–8:00 p.m.
Location: New England Aquarium IMAX Theatre
More Information: support.neaq.org

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