Climate Change Resilience

Worcester is working on building resilient solutions to the climate change impacts in our city - be it extreme summer, street flooding from the flash floods or snow and ice storms.

Current Projects

Green Tree Canopy Looking Up Providing Shade to Underside Building Community Resilience Through Planting Miyawaki Forests & Planning CoolPockets
Worcester will soon be home to four new public spaces designed to reduce the impact of extreme heat in neighborhoods that need the most relief. Our 2023 MVP action grant will assist with planting two pilot Miyawaki Forests and planning two CoolPockets in some of our most densely populated neighborhoods. These projects will advance our goal of promoting climate resilience to extreme heat, as well as many other goals related to air quality, flooding, biodiversity, community building and resilience.

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City Street Flooded with Water Coming Out of Manhole Cover Worcester Flood Watch: Community Science Project for Climate Resiliency
Have you seen your City's streets flood? Have you ever wondered why? Do you want to help Worcester reduce street flooding and make your city become more resilient to extreme storms? This is a great opportunity for community members to contribute their time for the community's climate change resilience efforts and learn about how City's stormwater system works! Become a community scientist and join the Flood Watch.

Urban Rain Garden Sign at the Worcester Senior Center Building Resilience to Floods, Extreme Heat and Winter Storms
We developed a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Assessment and Action Plan in 2019. Our first resiliency project, completed in 2021, was a raingarden at the Senior Center to infiltrate water and reduce the heat island effect in a heavily urbanized area. In early 2023, we completed a detailed city-wide extreme heat study that will help us target resilience solutions, such as increasing the tree canopy, where they are needed most. Now we are working on a multi-year project to develop a Drainage and Green Infrastructure Master Plan to reduce flooding and heat islands throughout the City. Join us in making Worcester more resilient to floods by volunteering with the Flood Watch.

Contact Information

Sustainability & Resilience
City Hall Room 108
455 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608

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