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Kara Runsten

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Kara Runsten


Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston


Rappaport Public Policy Fellow



Rappaport Public Policy Fellows spend 10 weeks each summer serving within the highest levels of state and municipal governments in the Greater Boston Area. The program includes students from graduate and professional programs at local universities.

Graduate School

Undergraduate School
Stanford University

Boston, Department of Environment, Energy, and Open Space

Mia Mansfield, Climate Preparedness Program Manager

Vivien Li, Riverlife and Rappaport Institute Advisory Board Member

Description of Fellowship
Kara spent her summer as a fellow at the City of Boston Environment Department working on projects related to Climate Ready Boston. She managed the day-to-day operations and developed recommendations for the future of the Climate Ready Boston Leaders program, an outreach program designed to increase awareness and understanding of the climate impacts Boston faces by training community leaders to give presentations to their constituents. She also created and published a public-facing, web-based tool to track the progress toward implementation of the recommendations outlined in the Climate Ready Boston report. This is the first such tool for the City’s climate resiliency efforts and one of the first progress tracking tools City-wide.