Increased storm events, changing snowpack that may decimate the natural water storage of the western United States, dwindling reservoirs, invasive species, coastal erosion, heat waves threatening the young and aging alike, diminishing island nations and seaboard communities: climate change presents some of the most complex and pressing challenges facing the world today and for the foreseeable future. For cities, farms, and those on the forefront of threats to adapt and become more resilient, we need coordinated and sustained efforts from all sectors of society. CBI has been working across sectors—from transportation to agriculture, from water resources to land use—to help governments at all levels and their citizens prepare for and increase resilience to climate change.
CBI mediators and facilitators have over two decades of experience bringing together policymakers, technical experts, and those affected by climate change. Our approach includes:
We have worked with communities along the Hudson River to prepare for increasing numbers of floods and storm events. We have worked with the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts, to develop climate-resilient zoning. We have worked with farmers and ranchers from Vermont to California, exploring potential impacts and developing programs to increase soil health, maximize carbon storage, and protect water quality in the face of change. Our Climigration Network of funders, communities, organizations, and individuals across the U.S. has advanced work around equitable relocation prompted by climate change. We have helped both New York and Massachusetts draft climate impact assessments to provide sectors across both states the information they need to prepare for change.
CBI designs and facilitates collaborative processes around a variety of climate-related issues, including:
I’m thankful for CBI’s service to the Commonwealth by serving as a facilitator for the Massachusetts Commission on Clean Heat. Your expertise and ability to bring together the diverse viewpoints from the Commission to achieve consensus and create a cohesive report was impressive. We truly appreciate your dedication to this process.
Former Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs
I’m grateful for CBI’s amazing work on the Clean Heat Commission. It was a long and complicated process, and there was hardly a moment of downtime or coasting over a year’s work. I really couldn’t be happier with how the process played out, and I really appreciated your ambition to push the Commission as far as it could go rather than rest on a simpler and easier outcome. It’s a testament to your dedication, judgement, ambition, and professionalism that we got where we did.
Senior Director of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center