Metro Mayors: Building Resilience to Climate-Driven Heat

Keeping Metro Boston Cool: A Regional Heat Preparedness and Adaptation Plan

A Metro Mayors Coalition Climate Taskforce Initiative

Fifteen Metro Boston cities and towns developed a joint plan to respond to and prepare for climate change-induced rising temperatures and extreme heat. 

In 2022, the Metro Mayors Climate Taskforce released “Keeping Metro Boston Cool: A Regional Heat Preparedness and Adaptation Plan” that provides an actionable roadmap and recommendations on how the region can better prepare for and adapt to extreme heat and rising temperatures. This plan provides strategies and actions to reduce the risk of and exposure to climate driven heat and increase preparedness through public health, planning, land use, policy and other municipal and regional actions.

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About the Project Partners

The Metropolitan Mayors Council (MMC) is a collaborative group of 15 municipalities in the urban core of Metro Boston that work together on shared issues affecting the region. Municipalities include Arlington, Boston, Braintree, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Newton, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Quincy, Revere, Somerville, and Winthrop. In 2015, MMC made a commitment to better prepare the region for the impacts of climate change and started the Climate Preparedness Taskforce.

In addition to municipal partners, the Heat Prep Committee included representatives from ten local community-based organizations and non-profits from the region, including: All In Energy, Charles River Watershed Association, CultureHouse, New England United4Justice, Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW), Everett Community Growers, Fairmount Greenway, Quincy Community Action Program, Right to the City Boston, The Harbor Keepers, with additional engagement from Mystic River Watershed Association and Trust for Public Land.

This project was funded by the MA Executive Office of Energy Environmental Affairs (EEA) Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Action Grant and the Barr Foundation.

Public Forum: “Keeping Metro Boston Cool: Building a Heat Resilient Region”

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Keeping Metro Boston Cool brought together speakers from the public and non-profit sector to discuss how to make the Metro Boston region resilient to extreme heat.

Chelsea City Manager and Chair of Metro Mayors Coalition, Tom Ambrosino said the welcome remarks. Additional speakers included Darya Mattes, North Suffolk Office of Resilience and Sustainability; Aaron Greiner, CultureHouse; Erin Noël, City of Somerville; Dira Johanif, Charles River Watershed Association; and John Bolduc, City of Cambridge.

Learn more here.

Public Forum: "From Snow Days to Heat Waves: Climate Impacts on Heat and Health in the Boston Area"

Monday, May 24, 2021

At "From Snow Days to Heat Waves," speakers highlighted projects across the Greater Boston area addressing the issues of rising and extreme temperatures, public health, equity, and climate change via short presentations and a panel discussion.

The event was co-hosted by the Museum of Science, Boston; Mystic River Watershed Association; and Metropolitan Area Planning Council. The Metropolitan Mayors Coalition Climate Taskforce and Resilient Mystic Collaborative co-sponsored.

Learn more here.

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Extreme Heat in Metro Boston

Summer temperatures in the Metro Boston area are increasing, along with extreme temperature events like heat waves (defined as days over 90 degrees). 2020 marked the hottest summer globally, with 14 days over 90 degrees in Boston. By the 2030s, scientists predict we could more than double that and have 41 days of 90 degrees due to climate change 

Learn more about climate-driven extreme heat and related projects on our "Rising Temperatures and Extreme Heat: MAPC Projects" webpage.