East Boston Climate Summit- 2017

On Saturday, October 28, 2017, NOAH sponsored a
community-wide summit on Climate Change in East Boston. 

With climate change come sea-level rise, flooding, warming temperatures, and changing storm patterns. These changes are increasingly posing a threat to the place we call home. Here in East Boston, our diverse and large peninsular community is poised to experience these threats in a big way. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Sandy (2012) are teaching us that personal and institutional preparedness are necessary in the face of these large, destructive storms, sea-level rise, and the extreme flooding which follows both. The City of Boston and other City/State agencies are making plans to protect East Boston, our people, our businesses, and our community. NOAH is working closely with the City and various agencies so that plans make sense for East Boston.

The event speakers and workshops reviewed what works, what still needs to be done, and what is budgeted for the future. Residents, agencies, and businesses can advise the City and agencies by participating. Mayor Marty Walsh, a national climate change leader, spoke; along with Oscar A. Chacon, co‐founder and executive director of Alianza Americas (formerly known as NALACC). Alianza Americas is an umbrella of immigrant‐led and immigrant-serving organizations.
East Boston’s first ever Climate Summit was an opportunity for us to get facts and then to work together – agencies, departments, neighborhood groups, small businesses, residents– so that we can preserve East Boston for generations.
For more inforamtion, please contact Gabriela Boscio (gboscio@noahcdc.org).

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ClimateCARE Program / Climate Change Resiliency
Why East Boston? Why Resilience?
NOAH’s ClimateCARE (Community Action for Resilience Engagement) program works towards a new urban environmentalism in East Boston so that people can take individual and collective action to increase their community’s climate resilience. East Boston is the fifth-most environmentally burdened community in Massachusetts and is bordered by the Chelsea Creek, the second-most polluted waterway in the state. As a highly populated city, East Boston is an area with high levels of impervious cover, storm water runoff, and has long struggled with pollution and contamination from local industry. East Boston was originally five islands in the Boston Harbor, and is now a peninsula joined by landfill, which makes it especially vulnerable to storm-surge related flooding and released toxic contaminants. It is connected to Boston proper by three underwater automobile tunnels and an underwater MBTA tunnel. East Boston is located within the FEMA 100 year flood zone. Our 100-year storm flood mapping indicates specific neighborhood areas of high concern. In addition to the dangers of flooding itself, the pollutants which will be released into the flood waters pose a special risk to human health.
Individual action is a big component of NOAH’s climate change resiliency plan. By identifying actions that regular, lower-income, multilingual people can take to reduce suffering from potential climate change-related impacts, developing initiatives to make those actions easy and accessible, and educating residents of their risks and available solutions, NOAH will create significant change. 
To this end, we are piloting several programs during the summer of 2017. These programs seek to make East Boston a more resilient community through specific actions that individuals can take. The goal is to make our neighborhood more prepared to confront and adapt to current and future climate impacts such as flooding, storms, and extreme heat. You can sign up for any of these programs here
The programs include:
Tree Planting
Our youth organizers are helping get and maintain more trees in our neighborhood, which help reduce heat, provide shade, and help absorb water in case of rain, and reduce our carbon footprint by absorbing carbon dioxide. Get a tree on your sidewalk, or help us maintain current trees by signing up.
Energy Audits
If your home is not efficient, you may be paying too much money for your electrical and heating bills. In partnership with the City of Boston, we are encouraging Eastie residents to sign up for free home energy audits and efficiency upgrades. Save money, feel more comfortable, and reduce your environmental footprint in one step! Additional grants and interest-free loans may be available if you qualify. Find out more and sign up here.
Basement Cleanup
Many of our basements are cluttered with years of storage. Often we don't even know everything that might be down there. However, along with sentimental objects and important objects, many unknowingly have toxic objects stored in their basements. In case of a flood, not only could you lose your belongings, you could have a serious health and safety hazard on your hands. From mold, to toxins, cleaning out and flood-proofing your basement is a good way to protect yourself, your family, your neighbors, and your belongings. Let us help you achieve this by signing up.
  1. Fill out our form
  2. We will call you to schedule the assessment at a date and time that works for you (Must be scheduled before September 27)
  3. The ClimateCARE team will come to your home on the day and time selected to evaluate your basement with you
  4. The ClimateCARE team will look for opportunities to improve basement safety and access and create a tailored report for you with a plan and resources to meet your needs
  5. We are here to help, contact us at ClimateCare@noahcdc.org or call 617-418-8244.
Social Resilience
More info to come! Stay tuned.
Want to participate? Sign up here or email Gabriela Boscio, Climate Program Manager at gboscio@noahcdc.org
Adaptation Planning Working Group
Many different agencies and services are concentrated in East Boston, which is part of what makes our community such a great place to live. This also means that this infrastructure and these services are at risk in climate impact events such as flooding from storms and heavy precipitation events. Many of these agencies are already engaged in resilience planning for their departments, to be sure they are ready for these current and future impacts. 
To be successful, resilience planning must be aligned and coordinated, ensuring each part of the community is covered. To facilitate this, NOAH has convened agency stakeholders and community representatives in an Adaptation Planning Working Group which will coordinate actionable climate resilience plans that also represent the community’s interests and will provide benefits to all.
Are you a community member interested in participating in these meetings? Email Gabriela Boscio, Climate Program Manager at gboscio@noahcdc.org, or call her at 617-418-8244.
Through the initial phase of ClimateCARE, NOAH convened key city and agency stakeholders to build a coalition that could effectively support East Boston residents in their environmental change efforts. NOAH also implemented a ‘Supported Community Participatory Planning Model’ to educate and engage disadvantaged East Boston residents across many demographic dimensions in the climate resilience conversation. Finally, NOAH was able to strengthen existing relationships and identify new partners to push for actionable plans.
In early 2016, NOAH received a 3-year Implementation Grant Award from the Kresge Foundation to further its climate change resiliency efforts. This grant has allowed NOAH to move forward with its three-part ClimateCARE program which includes strengthening community engagement; partnering with the City of Boston to advance its Climate Action Plan; and convening agency stakeholders in an Adaptation Planning Working Group which will facilitate coordinated, actionable climate resilience plans.