Mary Skelton Roberts

Co-director, climate program, Barr Foundation

Stories by Mary Skelton Roberts

Hey mayors, focus on transportation

Hey mayors, focus on transportation

Reprioritize the use of city streets away from private cars

TODAY, GLOBAL AND NATIONAL MAYORS will convene in Boston to advance shared solutions around climate change. By 2030, more than 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. Mayors will increasingly have more opportunity – and a deeper responsibility – to lead on climate change. Boston has been a leader in planning for(...)

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Luck is not a strategy for climate change

Luck is not a strategy for climate change

Barr Foundation committing $5m to resilience effort

BOSTON AND MASSACHUSETTS have climate goals that are among the most ambitious in the United States, yet climate change is a global challenge, with some impacts already evident and likely to worsen. These include sea level rise and far more severe weather than usual – such as our extreme drought in 2016, the record snowfall(...)

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Buses are what’s next in transportation

Buses are what’s next in transportation

But only if streets are reprogrammed for bus rapid transit

YOU WAIT 20 MINUTES for a bus, only to watch three show up all at once. Soon after boarding, the glut of vehicles carrying hundreds of commuters comes to a grinding halt as one driver up ahead waits an eternity to make a left turn. If you have ever taken a bus in Greater Boston,(...)

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