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The water is rising: Transforming climate risk into an opportunity for Boston—and our region.

Boston, the economic engine for our region, is already preparing for the inevitability of rising sea levels. Climate action will also bring significant economic benefits to Boston and our region.

Please join us on Monday, May 20th to hear Brian Swett, Chief of Environment and Energy for the City of Boston, explain expected climate impacts, and how the city’s response to climate change is driving innovation, economic opportunity and economic growth for Boston and our region.

The threat is visibly demonstrated in an image showing the large areas of Boston that would have been under 2 – 4 feet of water had Superstorm Sandy hit at high tide. Those are levels expected to occur in Boston by mid-century.

Climate action will also bring significant economic benefits to Boston. Energy efficiency and behavior change can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings, transportation, and solid waste-and produce net savings of over $2 billion by 2020 through lower energy bills. Demand for energy-and climate-related services will create thousands of jobs. And taking the necessary steps to prepare for climate-related change will ensure that Boston’s economic and social infrastructure remains strong.

Brian will take us through Boston’s comprehensive climate action plan, addressing mitigation, adaptation, community engagement and social equity. He’ll talk about how responding to climate change is driving innovation, economic opportunity and economic growth for Boston and our region.

Through this event, Green Needham hopes to spark conversation and collaboration amongst local metro-west communities as we explore the impact climate change will have on us—and how we can respond in ways that transform climate threats into opportunities for strengthening our local communities.

Please join us at 7:00 pm on Monday, May 20th at the Needham Public Library’s Community Room for this important meeting.

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