Massachusetts Vulnerability Program
The Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness grant program (MVP) provides support for cities and towns in Massachusetts to begin the process of planning for climate change resiliency and implementing priority projects. The state awards communities with funding to complete vulnerability assessments and develop action-oriented resiliency plans. Communities who complete the MVP program become certified as an MVP community and are eligible for MVP Action grant funding and other opportunities.
Weston was awarded a grant in June 2019 for the planning phase, enabling the Town to work on locally relevant and prioritized vulnerability assessments with citizen and staff feedback. It will also be used to update our local Hazard Mitigation Plan and complete a community resiliency planning effort. This examines the town’s vulnerabilities, strengths and identifies priority actions to build resilience as the climate changes.
A core team meeting took place in September, and two, 4-hour workshops were held in October. The workshops were conducted with 35 Town Departments and key stakeholders within and around the community.
The planning process will culminate in a public listening session, which will take place on November 6th at the Weston Public Library Community Room from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. All Weston community members and residents are invited to come share their concerns about the local effects of climate change and talk about how we can work together to be more prepared. Light refreshments will be served.
The goal of the MVP planning process is the identification of specific climate risks and possible solutions Town Government and local businesses and institutions can implement to address Weston’s most pressing climate impacts.
Out of this process will emerge new partnerships throughout Weston, a plan for being a more resilient community, and a plan for leveraging hundreds of thousands of dollars from the state’s MVP Action Grant program as well as other funding opportunities.