City Receives $350,000 Grant from State for Climate Preparedness

By Phil Orlandella

A grant of $350,000 to support climate preparedness in Boston has been funded by the State’s Office of Coastal Zone Management’s Coastal Community Resilience Program.

Funding will support the city’s Climate Preparedness Planning initiative, a project led by the City’s Office of Environmental, Energy and Open Spaces in partnership with the Boston Green Ribbon Commission.

Reportedly, the initiative will generate critical solutions for resilient neighborhoods, infrastructure and governance that will help the region thrive and grow in the face of long-term climate uncertainties.

Critical focus areas will be identified like the North End/Waterfront community that would be directly affected by rising tides created by climate changes.

In addition, the initiative will develop an initial portfolio of concrete solutions for each area identified.

“Boston is keenly aware of its vulnerability to sea-level rise and other effects of climate change,” Mayor Martin Walsh said in a press release.

Apparently, the city is working hard to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and preparing for changes related to possible climate change problems.

            The grant awarded to the city will help leaders and environmental officials proactively plan to protect citizens and infrastructure from effects of climate change while working to improve coastal resiliency, according to the Baker-Polito Administration.

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