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Presentation at 2014 Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference

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  1. 1. Leah Bamberger, Mayor’s Office, City of Boston email web &
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  3. 3. 3 Planning •  Municipal Climate Preparedness Task Force •  Green Ribbon Commission Climate Preparedness Working Group Existing Buildings •  Assess vulnerabilities of buildings and infrastructure through BRA survey •  Better enforcement of flood proofing building standards New Buildings •  Incorporate climate preparedness guidelines into Article 80 Emergency Response •  Review emergency operation planning
  4. 4. Reports online at: Climate Preparedness Task Force – Climate Ready Boston: Municipal Vulnerability to Climate Change GRC climate preparedness working group - Building Resilience in Boston
  5. 5. Timeline Overview 5 Mayoral Announ- cement Cabinet Kick-off Two Staff Meetings Cabinet Draft Review Cabinet Final Review Final Report Release Feb. March April-May August Oct. 16 Oct. 31 “…Convene a Cabinet level Climate Preparedness Task Force to review climate change preparedness activities and policies and provide guidance for their further development.” - Mayor Menino
  6. 6. Cabinet Kick-Off Agenda + Supporting Materials •  Climate projections for Boston •  Actions taken to-date •  Overview of announcement •  Task Force charge and process
  7. 7. The Task Force Members Brian Swett, Chief of Environment and Energy, Task Force Chair Peter Meade, Director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority Mitchell Weiss, Mayor’s Chief of Staff Rene Fielding, Director, Office of Emergency Management Meredith Weenick, Chief Financial Officer Michael Galvin, Chief of Public Property William Oates, Chief Information Officer Sheila Dillon, Chief of Housing and Director of Neighborhood Development Daphne Griffin, Executive Director, Boston Centers for Youth & Families Barbara Ferrer, Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission Thomas Tinlin, Transportation Commissioner Joanne Massaro, Commissioner of Public Works Edward Davis, Police Commissioner Roderick Fraser, Fire Commissioner Bill McGonagle, Boston Housing Authority Administrator Bryan Glaskcock, Inspectional Services Commissioner Antonia Pollack, Parks & Recreation Commissioner Nancy Girard, Environment Commissioner John Sullivan, Chief Engineer, Boston Water and Sewer Commission 7
  8. 8. Staff Meetings •  Two group meetings •  Handful of individual meetings •  Deliverables –  5-10 page report on vulnerabilities –  1-2 page statement of top priority vulnerabilities •  Resources –  Staff support –  Online Mapping Tool –  Reporting template 8
  9. 9. Online Mapping Tool 9
  10. 10. Reporting Template Facility/ Program, service/ Policy Vulnerability/Time frame Priority (H,M,L) Ongoing steps/Next steps/Comments Examples Sewer and stormwater system (BWSC) Capacity, flooding. 10-50 years. H 25-year capital plan underway, includes climate change. Due 2015. City Hall (facility, Property Management) Greater risk of flooding due to SLR and greater storm intensity. 10-20 years to be in 100-year flood plain? H Review in more detail all infrastructure on first floor. Coordinate with DoIT and other departments with first floor facilities. Relocations? Enhanced waterproofing? 10
  11. 11. The Task Force: Contributing Departments 11 Boston Centers for Youth & Families Boston Public Health Commission Boston Public Library Boston Redevelopment Authority Boston Water and Sewer Commission Department of Innovation and Technology Emergency Management Emergency Medical Services Emergency Shelter Emergency Storm Center Environment Department Inspectional Services Department Neighborhood Development Neighborhood Services Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events Office of Budget Management Office of Business Development Office of Food Initiatives Parks & Recreation Department Police Department Property & Construction Management Department Public Works Department School Department Transportation Department Treasury Department
  12. 12. • Present draft assessments to Cabinet Aug 2 • Final assessments & summaries due Aug 30 • Draft Report to Task Force Sept 27 • Present Draft Report to Task Force Oct 16 • Release Report • 1-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy Oct. 31 Cabinet Review
  13. 13. Municipal Vulnerability to Climate Change 13 Facilities and Capital Planning Transportation and Water Infrastructure Neighborhoods Public Health and Heat State and Federal Coordination
  14. 14. Finding 1: Climate preparedness must be an important and explicit criterion in the City’s capital planning. The City’s critical IT, communications and transportation centers need particular attention 14
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  16. 16. Finding 3: Municipal emergency plans should be reviewed and practiced in light of the expanded risks posed by climate change. 16 Finding 2: The effects of rising temperatures should be a high priority. Image Credit: John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
  17. 17. 17 Finding 4: Close coordination with regional, Commonwealth, and federal partners is necessary to address cross-jurisdictional infrastructure vulnerability
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  19. 19. 19 Finding 5: Education, engagement, and communications—within City government and with the community—are essential for preparing for both the short-term and long-term effects of climate change.
  20. 20. 20Greenovate Boston @GreenovateBos Leah Bamberger