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Metro Mayors Climate Preparedness Taskforce
The Metro Mayors Coalition (MMC) is a groundbreaking coalition made up of 15 communities in Greater Boston.
It is a voluntary forum where members exchange information and create solutions to common problems. MAPC helped to establish the Metro Mayors Coalition in 2001, and provides staff support and financial administration. The Metro Mayors Coalition comprises of mayors and managers from Arlington, Boston, Braintree, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Melrose, Medford, Newton, Quincy, Revere, Somerville and Winthrop.
In May 2015, the Metro Mayors Coalition convened to sign a historic Climate Preparedness Commitment. The mayors and managers pledged to work together to prepare the region for climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As part of the summit, the MMC also launched an ongoing task force to guide collaborative efforts that address vulnerabilities in the region’s communities and shared infrastructure. The Metro Mayors Climate Preparedness Taskforce coordinates a regional and cross-governmental effort to protect critical infrastructure and other vital resources and systems. The Taskforce also makes policy recommendations and sets regional priorities based on the goals outlined in the Climate Preparedness Commitment.
In addition to the 15 municipalities of the Metro Mayors Coalition, the following agencies are active on the Metro Mayors Climate Preparedness Taskforce: U.S. EPA, MA EOEEA, MassDOT, MBTA, MWRA, MassCEC, MassPort.
The Metro Boston Climate Preparedness Taskforce strives to ensure that its member communities coordinate and integrate their mitigation and adaptation work, prioritizing working fairly, equitably, and inclusively to ensure that vulnerable populations have protection and adaptive capacity in the face of climate change.
Priority Area 1
Enhance Local Alignment and Capacity Building
Priority Area 2
Mitigate Heat Impacts across the Region
Priority Area 3
Mitigate Flood Impacts across the Region
Priority Area 4
Deepen Regional, State, and Federal Coordination on Public and Private Infrastructure Activities
Read the 2015 Climate Preparedness Commitment
In November 2016, the MMC gathered to announce the Taskforce’s four strategic priorities for advancing climate preparedness in the region and to sign a climate mitigation commitment inspired by the Paris Climate Accord signed by more than 190 countries. The mitigation commitment set a region net-zero goal of 2050.
Read the 2016 Climate Mitigation Commitment
In July 2017, after the Trump administration announced that the U.S. would be withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, the Metro Mayors Coalition released a statement of strong-support for the accord and reaffirmed its commitment to make Metro Boston a net zero region by 2050.
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