Shifting the Climate Culture in Boston
The cradle of liberty. The City of Champions. Boston leads in all walks of life—academia, sports, business, tech. Now, Boston is leading America on climate.
A leader in local climate policy, Boston is committed to be carbon neutral by 2050. But policy change happens faster if it follows societal change. This means every Bostonian can meaningfully contribute to fighting climate change by changing how we eat, travel, and use energy. Together, we can shift the climate culture and pave the way for large-scale change.
Climate Change and Boston
Boston knows what’s at stake. As a city by the sea, Boston bears the brunt of increasingly explosive nor’easters and rising sea levels. Did you know…
Massachusetts winters have already warmed by 7 degrees Farenheit.
From 1958 to 2010, there was a 70% increase in the intensity of extreme rain and snow in the Northeast.
Sea levels in Boston are expected to triple by 2030, adding eight inches over 2000 levels.
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Shifting the Climate Culture
Solving the climate crisis will take large-scale change. But that kind of change doesn’t happen without a movement of people taking personal action. Rare’s Climate Culture program uses insights from the science of human behavior to catalyze the adoption of key behaviors around food, energy use, transportation and giving to nature to help reduce carbon emissions.
We’re just getting started, but there are already things you can do right now:
Meet the Climate Culture Boston team
Frank Lowenstein, Senior Director, Climate Culture Boston
Frank leads the community channel within Rare’s Climate Culture program, focusing on developing and proving out strategies for community and partner engagement in the Greater Boston area and then replicating those to other metropolitan areas.
Frank joined Rare in October 2021, and brings 30 years of leadership in conservation and climate to Rare’s efforts, as well as deep knowledge of New England’s people, landscape and culture. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer of New England Forestry Foundation– the third largest land trust in the nation by area conserved, as well as Global Climate Adaptation Strategy Leader for The Nature Conservancy. Frank teaches in the Masters of Sustainability program at Harvard Extension School and is the author of three books including Voices of Protest and Clothed in Bark.
Frank holds a cum laudae BA from Harvard University and a Masters of Science from the University of Vermont.
He is based in Boston. Of course!
Travis Niles, Sr. Program Marketing Manager, Electrification
Travis leads the energy and transportation work within Rare.
Travis brings 10 years of digital marketing, technology and strategic partnership experience to Rare. Most of his nonprofit and for-profit career has been spent in energy and energy-adjacent fields.
Travis holds a BA in from Wells College. He is based in Alexandria, Virginia.
Persia Maghrouri, Program Associate, Boston SHINE
Persia, a Boston native, leads Climate Culture’s Solar Helping Ignite Neighborhood Economies (SHINE) coalition and plays a central role in keeping Rare and its partners aligned and moving forward with the new program.
Persia holds a BS in Psychology and a BS in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science from Virginia Commonwealth University.
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