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City Updates

GRC Applauds Mayor Wu for Creation of Chief Climate Officer Cabinet Role & Appointment of Brian Swett

The Boston Green Ribbon Commission (GRC) applauds Mayor Wu for the appointment of Brian Swett as the the City of Boston’s first-ever Chief Climate Officer. In addition, the GRC recognizes and thanks Rev. Mariama White-Hammond for her dedication and service to Boston in her role as Chief of Environment, Energy and Open Space (EEOS), a position she has held since 2021. Swett has a long history of collaboration with the GRC, most recently serving as a Member during his time as Arup’s Americas East Leader and Principal, and previously during his tenure as Boston’s Chief of EEOS. Swett will be a welcome and valuable partner back at City Hall, and the GRC looks forward to working with him to ensure Boston remains on track to meet its climate goals while accelerating the City’s building decarbonization and electrification process, and efforts to make Boston more resilient to flooding and extreme heat.

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CCAP Program

Enrollment Open for 2024/2025 Collaborative CAP Program

Applications are now open for Boston area enterprises to enroll in the GRC’s 2024/2025 Collaborative Climate Action Planning (CCAP) cohort through July 1, 2024. Now in its fourth year, the GRC’s successful CCAP approach reduces barriers to taking organizational climate action and developing a strategy for compliance with the City of Boston’s Building Emissions Disclosure and Reporting Ordinance (BERDO). This program includes a peer learning community, trainings, and technical assistance to support companies and organizations in addressing mitigation, resiliency, and climate justice work. The fall’s cohort is open to organizations in any sector and provides a highly cost-effective way to begin organizational strategic climate planning.

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Coastal Resilience

“Our coastal communities are on the front lines of climate change, experiencing more frequent and significant storms, increased flooding and erosion, and rising sea levels. It’s important now more than ever to have a strong, bold, and innovative person leading CZM.”

– Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rebecca Tepper on the appointment of Alison Brizius as Assistant Secretary and Director of the Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM)

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State Updates

GRC Commends Healey-Driscoll Administration for Naming Alison Brizius as Coastal Zone Management Director

The Boston Green Ribbon Commission (GRC) praises the Healey-Driscoll Administration for the appointment of Alison Brizius as Assistant Secretary and Director of the Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM). Protecting Boston’s 47 miles of coastline from the impacts of climate change is urgent – with the water at our door, we need a leader with courage who can think quickly, practically, holistically, and innovatively. The GRC worked closely with Brizius during her tenure as Commissioner of Environment for the City of Boston, and she has a tremendous track record of advancing complex climate and resilience initiatives while working with – and gaining – consensus from various stakeholders. Her commitment to action-oriented resilience will ensure that Massachusetts is building a safer and more equitable Boston, as well as other coastal communities.

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Climate Justice

Climate Justice at Anchor Institutions

If you missed it, take a moment to watch the recoding of this recent GRCx program that demonstrated how organizations can think beyond their own walls to accomplish their institutional missions. Representatives from three local anchor institutions (Boston Medical Center, MIT, and Northeastern University) shared their insight into projects that illustrate how their organizations are actively supporting climate justice in and around their communities.

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