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Climate Change Preparedness Update

Thursday, May 19, 2022
The Resilient Cambridge Plan, the citywide climate change preparedness and resilience plan, based on the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment, was issued in June 2021. This Plan includes strategies for a Closer Community, Better Buildings, Stronger Infrastructure, and a Greener City and is coordinated with Envision Cambridge, the Urban Forest Master Plan, and the Community Health Improvement Plan.

While the Resilient Cambridge Plan was being developed, numerous initiatives were launched or are underway to reduce risks and prepare for increasing heat and flood risks. These initiatives include supporting development of a resilience hub at the Cambridge Community Center, developing a social capital
mapping project, the Neighborhood Energy community microgrid project, and various open space projects such as Triangle Park in East Cambridge. The plan also connects to initiatives such as The Port Infrastructure Project, citywide tree plantings, updates to the Cambridge Floodviewer, and development of the Cambridge HeatViewer.

Cambridge is also collaborating on climate change actions regionally through the 15-member Metro Mayors Climate Change Preparedness Task Force, the Charles River Climate Compact, and the Resilient Mystic Collaborative (RMC). With the RMC, the City has led the development of a regional sea level rise/storm surge protection plan that would protect Cambridge and 11 other communities through interventions at 10 locations outside the city.
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