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Resilient Cambridge

Resilient Cambridge is the City's plan to make the city more prepared for and resilient to the impacts of climate change while improving the quality of life and enhancing the city.

News and Updates

  • C3 Climate Readiness Project
    The Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Department of Public Health, and CDD partner on the Cambridge Community Corps (C3) Climate Readiness project to help prepare Cambridge for climate change. Visit the MAPC project webpage for more information.

Resilient Cambridge Plan

The Resilient Cambridge Plan is the City's roadmap to reduce the risks from climate change and prepare the community for impacts that cannot be avoided. The Plan focuses on the threats from increasing temperature, precipitation, and sea level rise.  Using projections to 2030 and 2070 based on the best available science, the City conducted a "climate stress test" -- the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (CCVA) -- to understand the potential impacts on the community if no action is taken. 

Starting with the CCVA as the technical foundation, two neighborhood plans for the Alewife area and The Port were developed to inform the citywide plan.  Public meetings, workshops, focus groups, and surveys and a range of technical studies were conducted to generate the content for the Plan.

Resilient Cambridge is organized around four categories of strategies:  Closer Neighborhoods, Better Buildings, Stronger Infrastructure, and Greener City.  The strategies are meant to work together and complement each other.  Strategies are also recommended at the scales of sites and buildings, neighborhoods, city, and region.  And there are roles for all parts of the community -- residents, institutions, government, and businesses.  To be successful, everyone must do their part and collaborate.

Resilient Cambridge consists of:

1. The Plan

2. Resilient Cambridge Handbook

3. Technical reports

4. Summary report

While Resilient Cambridge represents the roadmap for moving forward on climate change preparedness and resilience, there are many actions already in progress.  Resilient Cambridge is also coordinated with other important plans and programs including Envision Cambridge, the Urban Forest Master Plan, infrastructure plans and projects, the Net Zero Action Plan, and the Climate Resilience Zoning Task Force.  Information and data is also provided through the Cambridge FloodViewer, Cambridge Heat Dashboard (rooftop reflectance), and Climate Resilience Toolkits.  In addition, four storymaps are provided below to explain heat and flooding risks and the strategies to address them.

Summary Report

Resilient City Resilient People is an easy to read summary of the Resilient Cambridge Plan.

Download Resilient City Resilient People

Summary Report Cover

Resilient Cambridge Plan

The Plan lays out the risks from climate change, the strategies, and the implementation schedule.

Download the Resilient Cambridge Plan

Resilient Cambridge cover

Resilient Cambridge Handbook

The handbook describes in detail the four categories of strategies in the Plan.

Download the Resilient Cambridge Handbook

Resilient Cambridge Handbook

Resilient Cambridge Storymaps

Four storymaps explain how Cambridge will be affected by increasing heat and flooding and the actions proposed by the Resilient Cambridge Plan to reduce risks and adapt the city.

Resilient Cambridge Technical Reports

The technical reports provide in-depth technical data and analysis to support the plan and the four categories of strategies.  There are additional technical appendices  with more details and are available upon request.

Climate Resilience Toolkits

Climate Resilience Toolkits provide information and recommendations for residents, businesses, and organizations to prepare for increased risks from heat and flooding.  The toolkits consist of "flyers" which address the actions to consider when extreme weather events are approaching.  The "Climate Resilience Toolkits" cover actions to prepare in advance for extreme weather.

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