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City to develop more environmental jobs in Boston

Posted on March 25, 2018

The city is working to invest in more environmental jobs in Boston.

New legislation authorizes over $1.4 billion in capital allocations for investments in safeguarding residents, municipalities and businesses from the impacts of climate change, protecting environmental resources, and investing in communities. Announced by Governor Baker today from Scituate, An Act Promoting Climate Change Adaptation, Environmental and Natural Resource Protection and Investment in Recreational Assets and Opportunity will enable critical investments at the state and local level and build upon Executive Order 569 to build a more resilient Commonwealth.

The legislation would put into law essential components of Governor Baker’s Executive Order 569, which established an integrated strategy for climate change adaptation across the Commonwealth, including the Statewide Hazard Mitigation and Adaptation Plan – a blueprint to protect residents, communities, and local economies. The legislation will also put into law the Baker-Polito Administration’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness grant program, which has now enrolled over 20% of communities across the Commonwealth in an effort to plan for, and build resilience to, climate change.

“To build a sustainable and resilient Commonwealth, we must make strategic investments in climate resiliency and environmental protection across the state and shorelines,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “This winter, we’ve been reminded of how critical environmental assets like seawalls and dams are to our communities and how important these proposals will be for safeguarding municipalities and businesses from the impacts of climate change.”

“Municipalities across Massachusetts are facing the ongoing challenges of climate change as they work to ensure the safety of residents and the health of critical environmental resources,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Our proposal seeks to build upon our administration’s climate adaptation leadership and provide communities with the tools they need to build up resiliency efforts through new grants and programs aimed at protecting critical environmental resources.”

“The Baker-Polito Administration remains committed to a holistic and collaborative approach to climate change, environmental stewardship, and community investments,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “Through the targeted allocation of resources, the Commonwealth will continue its nation-leading climate change efforts while addressing deferred maintenance and recreational opportunities to better safeguard Massachusetts’ critical infrastructure and environmental assets.”