Climate Change Preparedness and Resiliency


Resilience can be defined as the ability to recover or bounce back from change or misfortune. For Boston, which was settled over 350 years ago, a critical aspect of resiliency is our ability to adapt our buildings and practices to better respond to our changing climate, rising sea-levels, and natural hazards.

In November 2013, in conformance with the Mayor's 2011 Climate Action Leadership Committee's recommendations, all development projects subject to Boston Zoning Article 80 Project Review, including all Institutional Master Plan modifications and updates, are to complete a Climate Change Preparedness & Resiliency Checklist and to mitigate any identified adverse impacts that might arise under future climate conditions.

Please respond to all of the Checklist questions to the fullest extent possible. Completed Checklist responses are due at the time of initial project filing or Notice of Project Change and at the time of final filings just prior to seeking Final BRA Approvals. A PDF of you response to the Checklist should submitted to the BRA via your project manager.

We thank you for your time and assistance in advancing practices in Boston. For more information about the City of Boston's climate policies and practices and the 2011 update of the climate action plan, A Climate of Progress, please see the City's climate action web pages.

For climate change analysis and information sources, please visit:

  1. Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment
  2. USGCRP 2009
  3. Army Corps of Engineers guidance on sea level rise
  4. Proceeding of the National Academy of Science, "Global sea level rise linked to global temperature", Vermeer and Rahmstorf, 2009
  5. Hotspot of accelerated sea-level rise on the Atlantic coast of North America
  6. “Building Resilience in Boston”: Best Practices for Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience for Existing Buildings, Linnean Solutions, The Built Environment Coalition, The Resilient Design Institute, 2013

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