Workshop Topics

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This year, Community Summit workshops were broken up into two highly interactive, hour-long sessions, run by community members and local organizations. Workshops related to the City of Boston's Climate Action Plan, with the first session highlighting relevant best practices and the second session focusing on next steps to implement climate action in Boston. All workshop sessions took place in various meeting rooms on 3rd floor of the Current Student Center.

For more details, see the 2015 Community Summit Program

 

Maintaining Boston’s Trees & Open Space

Trees and open space are a critical part of the Climate Action Plan —they have numerous public health benefits and are a valuable climate preparedness tool. Learn from city officials and organizations about the benefits of trees and best practices for maintaining Boston’s urban canopy.

 

Integrating Sustainability into Boston Public Schools

Young people across Boston are leading the way on climate change, and it is important that schools work to foster green behavior and prepare for a green economy. This workshop will focus on making sustainability a connected theme throughout the public school curriculum and programming.   

 

Neighborhood Sustainability Planning

As neighborhoods begin to organize around sustainability, it is important to identify the specific needs and concerns each community faces. Hear from city representatives and local leaders about best practices of community engagement, innovation, and climate preparedness strategies. 

 

Residential Energy Efficiency

Learn about energy efficiency incentives currently available in the City of Boston as well as current barriers to multi-family energy efficiency. Join key stakeholder from utilities, city government, local partners, and installers on ways to scale energy efficiency work.

 

Sustainability in Higher Education

With over 20 colleges and universities in Boston, higher education institutions play a crucial role in shaping the City of Boston’s overall climate work. This workshop will highlight best practices for student engagement and higher education’s impact on the surrounding community.

 

Toxic Chemicals in the Built Environment: Bridging Sustainability and Health

This workshop will discuss how the sustainability movement toward greener building design has an opportunity to consider how building occupants interact with the space, and how the chemicals used in the indoor environment can affect our health. Kathryn Rodgers, a scientist at the Silent Spring Institute will discuss the ways institutions and governments can incorporate these ideas into their sustainability plans, and delve into research the Institute conducts on studying chemical exposures in the indoor environment.

 

Thriving with Water - A Community Process

Our communities are threatened by increased chances of severe weather and disruption brought on by climate change and rising sea levels. The presenters in this workshop will work with the audience to model a way of preparing each community to thrive in the face of these new challenges, a process that can be rolled out across the communities of Boston.