In 2015, the Metro Mayors Coalition - a group of "Inner Core" cities and towns surrounding and including Boston - convened to sign a historic Climate Preparedness Commitment and pledged to work together to prepare the region for climate change.
Since then, all 15 Metro Mayors communities have made strides to prepare for climate change, reduce energy use, and advocate for strong climate policy at the state level.
The coalition launched the Climate Preparedness Taskforce to address vulnerabilities in the region’s shared critical infrastructure and to support local climate preparedness and mitigation efforts. In 2016, the Metro Mayors signed another pioneering commitment to become a net-zero region by 2050 -- and have made great strides in the years since.
At this celebration, we commemorate the climate mitigation and resilience accomplishments of the Metro Mayors Coalition and Climate Taskforce over the past five years and highlight the ways our climate work intersects with public health, equity, and economic goals as we look ahead to a recovery that centers climate and equity.
Speakers and panelists included:
- Thomas G. Ambrosino, Chelsea City Manager
- Paul Brodeur, Melrose Mayor
- Joseph Curtatone, Somerville Mayor
- Rebecca Davis, MAPC Deputy Director
- Austin Faison, Winthrop Town Manager
- Ruthanne Fuller, Mayor of Newton
- Cynthia Greene, Deputy Director of EPA Region 1 Air and Radiation Division
- Cammy Peterson, MAPC Clean Energy Director
- Sasha Shyduroff, MAPC Clean Energy and Climate Planner II
- Kathleen A. Theoharides, MA Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs