Against a backdrop of ongoing cleanup efforts from the “four’easter” that hit Massachusetts last month, Friday the the Baker-Polito administration announced it is committing $5 million in additional funding to the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program.
The MVP was created last year by Gov. Charlie Baker’s executive order to fund climate change preparedness in the commonwealth. Initially funded with $1 million, the MVP provides communities with technical support and updated data, as well as planning tools to help develop strategies to address climate change.
Funds were awarded to 71 towns and cities across the commonwealth last June.
On Martha’s Vineyard, Chilmark and West Tisbury each received $15,000 grants under the program.
MVP municipalities participate in workshops to identify key climate-related vulnerabilities and to prioritize remedial action. The workshops and planning efforts inform local plans, budgets, and grant applications.
In addition to the supplemental MVP funding, today the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) announced the launch of a new website, resilient MA Climate Clearinghouse —resilientma.org — which provides communities with access to the most recent data on expected climate change impacts and links to grant programs and technical assistance. The site was developed through a partnership between the EEA, the Northeast Climate Center at UMass Amherst, and the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management. It provides access to climate change projections and sea level rise statewide, through the end of the 21st century.