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Cultural Institutions Working Group

The Green Ribbon Commission (GRC) 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.

The Cultural Institutions of Boston are integral to the fabric and character of the city. Museums, theaters, concert halls and sports arenas — especially those with collections and buildings — need help preparing for future climate impacts, and they also need strategies for transitioning to carbon-free energy use.

Thanks to their unique “line of business,” the cultural institutions have much to contribute in terms of communication, outreach, and thought-provoking programming.  These institutions have the potential to influence our perceptions of shared challenges, expand our understanding of complex issues, and reach very large audiences. Their voices are therefore integral to helping people understand climate in creative, interdisciplinary ways.   


  • Carole Charnow

    President and CEO
    Boston Children’s Museum

  • Tim Ritchie

    Museum of Science

  • Gwill York

    Founding Managing Director, Lighthouse Capital Partners;
    Board of Trustees President, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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Participating Organizations

Arnold Arboretum, ArtsEmerson, Boston Architectural College, Boston Athenæum, Boston Ballet, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston Children’s Museum, Boston Public Library, Boston Red Sox, Boston Society of Architects, Boston Symphony Orchestra, BSA Foundation, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, ArtsEmerson, Esplanade Association, Fenway Alliance, Goethe-Institut Boston, Handel and Haydn Society, Harvard Art Museums, Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, Huntington Theatre Company, Institute of Contemporary Art, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, Mary Baker Eddy Library, Mass Art, Massachusetts Historical Society, Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, Museum of African American History, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, New England Historic Genealogical Society, New England Museum Association, Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Now + There, Paul Revere House, Rose Kennedy Greenway, USS Constitution Museum, Zoo New England.

Working Group Initiatives

Action Pact

The City of Boston aims to be carbon neutral by 2050, as well as resilient to the greatest climate threats. To support these efforts the GRC, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Science, the New England Aquarium, the Red Sox, and over 40 of Boston’s world class arts, history, nature, sports, and entertainment organizations have partnered together to launch the Action Pact Boston campaign. Arts and culture have the power to open people’s minds and help people see things in powerful new ways. Action Pact’s goal is to harness that power and encourage a sustained focus on visioning and achieving a climate-safe future.

Collaborative Climate Action Planning

The GRC has mobilized ten of its Cultural Institutions Working Group members to participate in a year-long pilot of a peer driven, collaborative Climate Action Planning process. This extraordinary learning opportunity will result in individualized climate action plans for each participating institution. These plans will help guide Boston’s cultural organizations toward a more resilient future and, at the same time, support their important equity work by helping to make Boston a healthy and accessible city for all. Recently, we celebrated the graduation of our 2022/2023 Collaborative Climate Action Planning cohort.


Additional Working Groups

Coastal Resilience

The Climate Resilience Working Group convenes cross-sector representatives to support the City of Boston as it prepares for the impacts of climate change. The group offers a forum for members to deliver input into Boston’s climate resilience plans and various projects dealing with district scale resilience planning, governance issues, and financing strategies, among various topics.
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Higher Education

The Higher Education Working Group leverages the higher education sector’s capabilities for climate action by sharing knowledge and fostering collaboration within and across sectors to support the City of Boston in meeting its climate goals.
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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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