Climate Resilience & Sustainability
The Office will engage residents of all three communities in developing projects and programs to ensure these cities survive and thrive in a changing climate. The office will address issues of sea-level rise, extreme heat, energy use, waste reduction, and other factors that affect livability.
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Analysis identified extreme urban heat islands throughout the city. The neighborhood located around the Boys and Girls Club, specifically Willow St. & Maverick St. was determined a target area for mitigation and dubbed the ‘Cool Block Initiative.’ The Initiative saw the implementation of several heat mitigation strategies, including the installation of street trees, installation of bioswales and native plants, and use of lightly colored aggregates within the streets and sidewalks. Installation of green infrastructure and lightly colored streetscape will decrease temperatures within this microclimate over time, and replication on other urban heat islands throughout the city is expected. This project is nearly complete, with the final installation of lightly colored roadways expected to occur in early fall.
Urban Heat Mitigation Project Final Report
In 2018 and 2019, the City of Chelsea, MyRWA, and GreenRoots, assessed various opportunities to restore the habitat and public access along Mill Creek, yielding key strategies and projects to enhance water quality and sediment transport. For the past decade, Mill Creek has consistently received a water quality rating of "F". It has been the most polluted water body in the Mystic River watershed.
In 2022, this team together with the Nature Conservancy and with funding from Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management, conducted a study to identify the sources of pollution so they could be addressed in priority order. All sources of pollution were overwhelmed by the amount of raw sewerage that was being dumped into the creek from municipal outfalls. It is now the City's priority to clean these up and make Mill Creek into the swimmable, fishable waterway that our residents deserve and can enjoy.
An important component of the project will include educating the public about how future flooding may affect their homes and families. This project is funded by a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Grant
Island End Park & Flood Barrier Project
Equitable Climate Resiliency Framework - Process Guide
Created by the Department of Housing & Community Development, GreenRoots, the Mystic River Watershed Association, and community based partners, the Equitable Climate Resilience Framework sets out a roadmap to engage the community on issues related to climate change. The framework strives to provide guidance on the following questions:
• How do we effectively and equitably reach the community?
• How do we have meaningful conversations around extreme weather impacts and resilience?
• How do we ensure local participation and contributions to city projects?
• How do we hear and incorporate community concerns into city projects?
• How do we identify priority and vulnerabilities of the community and address them?
Download the report
Expanded Environmental Notification Form (EENF)
In February of 2023, the cities of Chelsea and Everett released an Expanded Environmental Notification Form (EENF) detailing the Island End River (IER) Flood Resilience Project. Click the links below to access the EENF, which is available in six languages.
Arabic (PDF) | Chinese (PDF) | English (PDF) | Haitian Creole (PDF) | Portuguese (PDF) | Spanish (PDF)
The City of Chelsea is partnering with Greenroots to build resilience throughout Mill Creek by advancing planning, design, and permitting of enhanced open space, coastal bank stabilization, and remediation along Mill Creek. This project will target a specific land parcel known as the "Green Parcel".
Click here to view the City of Chelsea Eastern Avenue Climate Resilience Vision
This energy benchmarking ordinance, known as BERDO, now requires large residential and non-residential buildings with 20,000 square feet of gross floor area (GFA) or more or residential buildings with 20 units or more to report energy use data. Additionally, all Chelsea Housing Authority buildings will be required to report regardless of gross floor area or unit count.
In 2021, NSORS received a grant from the State to support the development of the first North Suffolk Zero Carbon Action Plan (ZCAP). Through a regional planning process, NSORS created a regional climate action plan to reduce carbon pollution, improve community health, and mitigate the impacts of climate change. The strategies and actions included in the plan are focused on local and regional actions that can be taken to decrease greenhouse gas emissions across Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop communities.
The North Suffolk Office of Resilience & Sustainability (NSORS), in partnership with the City of Chelsea, City of Revere and Town of Winthrop, has obtained a $100,000 grant to develop a regional plan for electric vehicle charging station infrastructure. Funded through the state Community Compact Cabinet Energy Efficiency & Regionalization Program, the project will result in an actionable deployment plan for charging stations and related electrical infrastructure, as well as a pricing model that is fair and equitable. Weston & Sampson have been selected as the lead consultant to conduct the scope of work through a competitive procurement process.
Electric vehicles are an important part of the region’s strategy to reduce emissions through the electrification of infrastructure. In total, transportation by passenger vehicles accounts for approximately 28% of total emissions in the North Suffolk region (Chelsea, Revere, Winthrop), representing some 185,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent released into the atmosphere. The project will evaluate the current state of EV charging stations, develop plans for new locations for charging infrastructure, and put forth recommendations regarding pricing and operations. Collectively, the ultimate goal is to stimulate a larger publicly accessible network that residents can reliably use.
The North Suffolk EV Charging Plan project held its kickoff meeting this April, and the team expects the plan to be completed by early 2024. In parallel, the Office is pursuing state and federal grant funding to continue the installation of charging stations.