From the high tide floods to pummeling rain to extremely hot days, Boston cultural organizations, their assets, and their audiences are increasingly affected by the impacts of climate change. Rapidly changing regulations at the Commonwealth and City require adjustments to energy procurement, building plans, and site management. Climate costs, responsibilities, and justice are part of the broader cultural conversation, influencing programming. How should an institution respond to these emerging pressures in an organized and strategic way?
For the past two years, the Boston Green Ribbon Commission has offered a program on Collaborative Climate Action Planning to Boston’s cultural and educational institutions. Based in behavior theory and organizational change management – with climate experts as guest faculty – the program reduces barriers to taking organizational climate action and results in a Climate Action Plan framework, an essential roadmap for organizations. The process creates a peer learning community in which to comfortably expand and deepen education around mitigation, resiliency, and climate justice work.
We are currently inviting applicants to join a new cohort in the Fall of 2024. Please join us on May 3rd from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. to learn about Collaborative Climate Action Planning from organizations that have graduated!
Cultural Institutions Working Group Co-Chairs:
- Sharon Malt, Trustee and Past Board President, Huntington Theatre Company
- Gwill York, President, Board of Trustees, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
CAP Program Participants:
- Jamie Gahlon, Director and Co-Founder, HowlRound Theatre Commons;
Special Advisor to the VP of the Office of the Arts, ArtsEmerson
- Benjamin Haavik, Team Leader, Property Care, Historic New England
- Jennifer Lamy, Associate Director, Sustainability, Emerson College
- Joshua Meyer, Curator of Horticulture and Sustainability, Zoo New England
- Dallase Scott, Program Leader and Founder & Principal, Trust