EPA Soak Up the Rain webinar series
In the last five years, Massachusetts has experienced increasingly more frequent and severe weather events including record-breaking snowfall in 2015, severe drought in 2016, and the greatest amount of precipitation for the state on record in Fall 2018. Nature-based climate resilience is an important strategy to curb the impacts of these hazards, using natural systems to mitigate stormwater, flooding, and extreme heat. This webinar will discuss climate-smart parks in Metro Boston, covering the available tools, data analysis, and planning and design strategies for successful implementation. The Trust for Public Land and Metropolitan Area Planning Council developed and implemented a Climate Smart Parks data analysis and mapping tool to help Massachusetts towns plan and design urban parks and green infrastructure installations to support urban climate resilience. The metro-Boston city of Medford will showcase these tools and strategies in action with a real-world climate-resilient green infrastructure case study developed and implemented through the Metro Mayors Program.