Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program
e Massachusetts 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.
Climate Action Plan & Resiliency Plan
Having completed the Planning Grant’s scope, Weston is an MVP community, and thus eligible to apply for substantial Action Grant funding.
In keeping with its core mission to bring strategic and concerted sustainability planning to Weston, the Sustainability Committee secured an MVP Action Grant to develop a detailed Climate Action and Resiliency Plan. Weston was awarded $100,000 to complete this project with the help of professional support.
The Plan will map out a proactive approach to reducing Weston’s usage of resources, thus minimizing its contribution to the accelerating climate crisis (Climate Action).
The Plan will map out Weston’s strategies for surviving and thriving in the face of extreme temperatures, historically intense storms, increased flooding, invasive organisms, and other challenges posed by our changing climate (Climate Resiliency).
Initial Planning Grant
Weston was awarded a grant in June 2019 for the MVP 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. This process examined the town’s vulnerabilities and strengths, and identified priority actions to build resilience as the climate changes.
A core team meeting took place in September 2019, and two 4-hour workshops were held in October 2019. The workshops were conducted with 35 Town Departments and key stakeholders within and around the community.
The planning process culminated in a public listening session, which took place on November 6, 2019. All Weston community members and residents were invited to share their concerns about the local effects of climate change and talk about how we can work together to be more prepared.