Boston: Help us design cooler, healthier neighborhoods in the face of climate change

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The Climate Ready Boston team continues to study and implement resilient coastal solutions to protect our city from sea level rise and flooding. But climate change in Boston also increases average temperatures, which means heat waves will become more common, last longer, and be hotter. More residents are exposed to extreme temperatures that negatively and unequally impact public health, critical infrastructure, and our quality of life.

That's why we are launching a heat resilience planning study this spring. The study focuses on areas where heat islands overlap with historically underserved communities, specifically Chinatown, Dorchester, East Boston, Mattapan, and Roxbury. The goal is to find creative and community-driven solutions that will protect Bostonians from the effects of climate change in these neighborhoods and beyond.

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To do this we need your help! For this process we are seeking residents to form a Community Advisory Board (CAB). These residents will be key partners in shaping an inclusive planning process, and will reflect the variety of backgrounds, interests, lived experiences, and expertise found throughout Boston. In collaboration with the CAB, we hope to create a plan that represents community-supported values and carries forward equitable implementation to reduce heat risk and protect our neighborhoods.

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Through this process we hope to work alongside communities to develop solutions that help the City's people, infrastructure, and natural resources thrive in the face of climate change. We welcome all applications. Please note that we have a limited number of seats on the Community Advisory Board, so we will optimize for diversity and inclusive representation of these neighborhoods.

Residents can apply to join the Community Advisory Board through May 3.stats

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