Beginning with a $5 million commitment in 2018, resilience will join clean energy and mobility as a key focus of the foundation's climate portfolio. Going forward, the foundation's climate work will be focused on building awareness of climate impacts, risks, and resilience strategies; mobilizing key constituencies to advance policy and implement resilience plans; and supporting demonstration projects that integrate resilience into the fabric of cities in the state. The foundation's goal is to ensure that climate resilience is integrated and institutionalized across various sectors of the regional economy and becomes an essential consideration in planning for the future, building new or adapting existing infrastructure, and creating open space.
"There is perhaps no greater challenge to the future of Boston today than the impacts of climate change, such as increased precipitation, extreme heat and drought, and sea level rise," Barr Foundation president James Canales wrote in a blog post. "The water will indeed come, and the question is, will we be sufficiently prepared for it? We are confident that if Greater Boston focuses on this challenge now — across all sectors and with each of us doing our part — we will be prepared."