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Coastal Resilience Working Group

The Coastal Resilience Working Group convenes cross-sector representatives to support the City of Boston as it prepares for the impacts of climate change on Boston’s coastline. The group offers a forum for members to deliver input into Boston’s coastal resilience plans, governance issues, and financing strategies, among various topics. 

The Coastal Resilience Working Group has been responsible for several key analyses and reports, including the Climate Ready Boston Report, which together have provided essential research to the City of Boston and influenced the city’s Climate Action Plan.


  • Kathy Abbott

    Founding President and Chief Executive Officer
    Boston Harbor Now

  • Brian Swett

    Principal, Americas East Leader

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Climate Ready Boston

The GRC Coastal Resilience Working Group, in partnership with the City of Boston, undertook a broad effort to evaluate climate risks citywide and for each Boston neighborhood. This research manifested in the Climate Ready Boston Report and neighborhood Vulnerability Assessments which informed decisions laid out in the City of Boston’s 2019 Climate Action Plan Update. The 2019 Climate Action Plan is currently being executed by the Wu Administration and the city’s Environment Department – learn more about current climate action efforts being rolled out by the city.

Participating Organizations

A Better City, Accordia Partners, Arbella, Avalon Bay Communities, Barr Foundation, Beacon Capital Partners, BXP, City of Boston, Coastal Zone Management, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Eastern Salt, Equity Residential, Fallon Company, Lendlease, Massport, New England Aquarium, Nutter, Pembroke, Related Beal, Stone Living Lab, The Cronin Group, The Davis Companies, Tishman & Speyer, Turner Construction, WS Development.


Additional Working Groups

Cultural Institutions

The Cultural Institutions Working Group comprises a wide variety of arts, sports, nature-based, historic, and entertainment organizations in and near Boston, as they build awareness and drive action on climate issues on behalf of their own organizations, the cultural sector, the City, and audiences.
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Health Care

The Health Care Working group unites leading healthcare facilities in the Greater Boston to catalyze; a focus on energy efficiency, the transition to renewable energy, and advocate for the significant health benefits of carbon mitigation to patient and home communities.
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Commercial Real Estate

The Commercial Real Estate Working Group convenes leading Boston property owners and developers to accelerate leadership of Boston’s commercial real estate organizations to support the City in meeting the aggressive goals laid out in its Climate Action Plan.
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