MARLBOROUGH PATCH—More than $2 million has been awarded in grant funding to 82 towns and cities across the state to complete climate change vulnerability assessments and develop resiliency plans through the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program.
Marlborough is among those receiving funds, with $31,000 earmarked for the city. The MetroWest area received a total of $274,000.
The grant and designation program builds on Governor Charlie Baker’s Executive Order 569 as well as other administration-led state and local partnerships and provides communities with technical support, climate change data and planning tools to identify hazards and develop strategies to improve resilience, said the announcement.
The grant awardees, representing 43 percent of municipalities in the state, across all regions of the Commonwealth, were announced by Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton, as part of a tour of storm damage on the beaches of the outer Cape.
“The Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program is the cornerstone of our administration’s efforts to work with communities on further reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting residents, municipalities and businesses from the impacts of climate change,” said Baker in a statement. “Municipalities on the front lines of climate change, so we are proud to provide our communities the resources, data and planning tools they need to build resiliency to severe weather and other impacts.”
Through the MVP Program, municipalities work through a community-based workshop process to identify key climate-related hazards, vulnerabilities and strengths, develop adaptation actions, and prioritize next steps. Results of the workshops and planning efforts will be used to inform existing local plans, grant applications, and policies, such as local hazard mitigation plans.
These awards are part of a larger $5 million investment in the MVP program in 2018 by the Baker-Polito Administration, which represents a ten-fold increase over 2017 funding levels. Of that funding, $3 million will be awarded through MVP Action Grants, which will help communities implement priorities identified through their MVP planning process.
“The severe damage caused by this winter’s Nor’easters illustrates how incredibly important it is that we plan and prepare now for the impacts of climate change,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton in a statement. “We applaud the leadership and initiative of these 82 communities that are partnering with the Commonwealth to take vital steps towards building climate resilience for their residents, infrastructure, businesses and environment.”
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