Climate Change Preparedness & Resilience
Based on the best available science, the City of Cambridge has committed to prepare the community for the unavoidable impacts of climate change. The City will continue to work on reducing its contribution of greenhouse gas emissions, which are the primary cause of climate change, in an effort to help slow the rate and extent of impacts. But it is clear that some impacts are already occurring and more is to come.
To establish a technical foundation for the Climate Change Preparedness & Resilience (CCPR) Plan, Cambridge conducted a rigorous climate change vulnerability assessment, focusing on the risks from increasing temperatures, precipitation, and sea level. The assessment sought to identify Cambridge's key physical and social vulnerabilities. The findings are available in CCVA Report - Parts 1 and 2 which are posted under the CCVA Reports tab.
The City has begun to develop the CCPR Plan, which is scheduled to be completed in 2018. This plan is being coordinated with the Envision Cambridge comprehensive plan. The CCPR Plan is being guided by an inter-departmental steering committee consisting of the Public Works, Public Health, and Community Development Departments. A consultant team led by Kleinfelder, a Cambridge based architecture, engineering, and sustainability services firm, is working with City staff to develop the plan. Citizens, businesses, and stakeholders are being engaged through public meetings and the Envision Cambridge public engagement process.