Building Resilience to Climate-Driven Heat
A Metro Mayors Coalition Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Initiative
Fifteen Metro Boston cities and towns are creating a joint plan to respond to and prepare for climate change-induced increases to summer heat.
With a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness action grant from the Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, the Metro Mayors Climate Taskforce is conducting a two-year climate planning process for the region. The resulting plan will provide a roadmap of priority actions to address public health concerns related to extreme heat and reduce urban heat islands.
Heat Preparedness Committee
The Heat Preparedness Committee is comprised of municipal staff and local non-profit organizations to help guide and steer the planning process. The committee meets virtually bi-monthly.
Metro Mayors Climate Taskforce
The 15 communities of the Metro Mayors Climate Taskforce work together and with federal and state agencies to address climate vulnerabilities in Metro Boston's communities and shared infrastructure.
Those communities are: Arlington, Boston, Braintree, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Melrose, Medford, Newton, Quincy, Revere, Somerville, and Winthrop.
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.
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.