If you have tuned in during one of the hottest-ever-recorded summers in Boston, you have probably heard of our BARS2016 campaign. CABA worked hard this summer to educate the local business community about sea level rise and extreme weather. The 10-week campaign distributed information about climate adaptation and strategies to increase climate preparedness within the business community.
BARS enabled us to build meaningful relationships with local businesses across coastal Massachusetts. We were amazed to meet and talk to so many socially aware, responsible businesses. One of the more outstanding businesses was the Boston Brewin Coffee, who is “keeping the money in the family” by sourcing local ingredients, paying their employees a living wage, and regularly donating to community causes.
Throughout the summer, the BARS team conducted a survey to determine how much time and effort small business owners spend on protecting their businesses from rising sea levels. The survey included questions about emergency planning, sustainability initiatives, and community engagement.
Our survey uncovered several areas for improvement in regional climate preparedness, including emergency plan creation and communication trainings that could be made available through local chambers of commerce. Our final report summarizes the BARS experience, and provides high-quality data for individual and institutional stakeholders who desire to take action on climate crisis in their communities.
In April 2016, CABA won a Greenovate Boston Award at the 10th annual ceremony for its leadership in climate action. More recently, on July 15, CABA Executive Director Michael Green received a Champion of Change for Climate Equity award from the White House.