Mayor Walsh Takes Measures to Make Boston Climate Ready

This past month, Mayor Marty Walsh announced new measures to protect East Boston and Charlestown from current and future flooding risks because of climate change. The measures include a plan for street elevation and a deployable flood wall.

The 2016 citywide Climate Ready Boston report names East Boston and Charlestown as neighborhoods with a high risk for flooding events because of sea-level rise. Two major near-term actions are identified in the report: Main Street elevation in Charlestown and a deployable floodwall across East Boston Greenway.

Elevating Main Street by an average of two feet in front of the Schrafft’s Center driveway will block the main flood pathway through Charlestown, which will protect more than 250 residents and at least 60 businesses. Installation of a seven-foot-high deployable floodwall will block the current one percent annual chance flood, which will provide immediate protection to almost 4,300 residents, at least 70 businesses and critical infrastructure.

More than 400 community members shared their ideas with Greenovate and its neighborhood partners for solutions to protect and enhance their neighborhoods through surveys, interviews, workshops and meetings for this project. This latest study is one of many actions Boston is taking to prepare our city and neighborhoods for the impacts of climate change.

Learn more about how Boston is preparing for climate change at

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Transform Global Response to Climate Change

Bringing effective local solutions to the international discussion on climate change from 6 to 9 p.m., November 2, at The Lenox Hotel, in Boston.

The Organic Mattress Releases New Non-Toxic Furniture Line

The Organic Mattress is launching a timely collection of upholstered furniture that uses all-natural and non-toxic ingredients and upholstery fabrics.

CABA and Save That Stuff Co-Host Discussion About the Circular Economy

Join Climate Action Business Association and Save That Stuff from 6 to 8 p.m., October 19, at the Old Church West, in Boston, for a panel discussion about emerging drivers and opportunities for entrepreneurs working to make wealth from waste.

Boston GreenFest Celebrates 10 Years

Boston GreenFest will take place for its 10th year from August 11 to 13, at Boston City Hall Plaza.

Boston to Host 2017 Climate Leaders Summit

Secretary of State John Kerry announced last month at the U.S.-China Climate Leaders Summit, held in Bejing, that Boston will host the third annual summit next summer.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »This Month

Zen Shiatsu Certification Comes to Watertown Center for Healing Arts

A certified Shiatsu practitioner program will be available once more in Boston at the Watertown Center for Healing Arts.

Women’s 2018 Spiritual Retreat — India and Dubai

Bhavna Srivastava, founder and CEO of Bhvana’s Wellness Group, in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, has announced the 2018 Women’s Spiritual Retreat from February 15 to 25 in India and Dubai.

The New "Enough" Companion Guidebook is Released

Activities and exercises to help individuals embody the message that we are “enough”, inseparable from the universe and its infinite ability to create plenty.

Holistic Holiday Decompression and Healing

To help combat the barrage of emotional intensity and stress that the holidays can bring, Sacred Temple Arts is offering special holiday sessions this month.

Feeling Uplifted

Two of the trickiest topics to discuss are politics and religion. I’m giving myself a pass this month because what’s resonating within feels deeper than what the general term religion evokes for me.

Tick Tock, It’s Lyme Again

Although antibiotics are often prescribed as a mainstream remedy or cure-all for Lyme, it is becoming evident that antibiotics may only provide some initial relief of symptoms.