CREW Boston

Resilient Boston Harbor

33 Arch Street, 26th Floor, Boston MA

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How is the City of Boston is planning, short to long term for the impacts of climate change and sea-level rise. Join the Sustainabiltity Group for a brown bag lunch as we hear from Richard McGuinness, Deputy Director for Climate Change and Environmental Planning.

Richard McGuinness is the Deputy Director for Climate Change and Environmental Planning at the Boston Planning and Development Agency.  Mr. McGuinness manages and conducts the BPDA’s planning initiatives for neighborhoods throughout the City of Boston with an emphasis on initiatives related to climate change, the environment, waterfront and resilient public infrastructure.  The framework for preparing the City of Boston for climate change is established in Imagine Boston 2030 the first citywide plan in 50 years and Climate Ready Boston.  Mr. McGuiness leads and manages certain initiatives in Climate Ready Boston including expanding local flood regulation to include future floodplains, revising Boston’s zoning code to support climate ready buildings, and developing resiliency area plans and flood defense overlay districts.
Mr. McGuinness is also part of the leadership team that sets the BPDA’s waterfront planning and economic development agenda in support of the city’s larger policy priorities to revitalize Boston’s waterfront, create new job growth and connect the city’s neighborhoods to its Harbor.
Mr. McGuinness has been directly involved in many of Boston’s most important waterfront planning efforts in the last twenty years.  They include the planning of the 1000 acre South Boston Waterfront, the City of Boston Harborwalk program, a proposed continuous 47 mile public walkway along Boston Harbor and the Inner Harbor Passenger Water Transportation Plan.  Under Mr. McGuinness’s direction, the city has recently produced Imagine Boston 2030 Waterfront Vision, Downtown Waterfront District Municipal Harbor Plan and Public Realm Activation Plan and Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park Master Plan.  In addition to undertaking and supervising many planning studies, Mr. McGuinness regularly participates in community meetings to solicit citizen feedback that is essential to the success of any planning effort.
Apart from his work at the BPDA, Mr. McGuinness represents Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Harbor Region on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Seaport Economic Council and the Water Transportation Advisory Council.  Mr. McGuinness also represents the City of Boston on the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area Partnership.  Mr. McGuinness received a bachelor’s in Political Science and Urban Policy from the Catholic University of America and has completed graduate coursework at the University of Massachusetts Boston Environmental Science Program.
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

33 Arch Street, 26th Floor
Boston, MA 

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Confirmed Attending

  • Alma Balonon-Rosen
  • Sara Barcan
  • Ellen Caracciolo
  • Janet Carlson
  • Jennifer Christakes
  • Leslie Cook
  • Moira Cronin
  • Donna Denio
  • Meghan Doherty
  • Sonal Gandhi
  • Isabel Kaubisch
  • Renee LeFevre
  • Renee LeFevre
  • Maureen Maas
  • Jo-Ann Marzullo
  • Pam Messenger
  • Valerie Moore
  • Kaitlyn Mulcahy
  • Shahpar Negah
  • Judy Nitsch
  • Michelle ONeil
  • teresa patten
  • Lisa Richardson
  • Lisa Richardson
  • Lisa Richardson
  • Lisa Richardson
  • abby roberts
  • Leslie Saul
  • Jill Sharif
  • Simmee Silton
  • Gail Sullivan
  • Jennifer Taranto
  • Alexandra Toteva