Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program
The 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.
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.
An MVP Community
Having completed the Planning Grant’s scope, Weston is an MVP community and secured substantial Action Grant funding to develop a detailed Climate Action and Resiliency Plan. Weston was awarded $100,000 to complete this project with the help of professional support.
Details of the Climate Action Plan, the Hazard Mitigation Plan, as well as the blueprints of the identified priority actions can be found on the following web pages:
A Sustainability Policy for Weston is currently being drafted and may be used as a first step toward a comprehensive climate action plan.
Weston has revised its Hazard Mitigation Plan in early 2020 to incorporate the results of a vulnerability assessment developed as part of the state's Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) grant program. The MVP additions to the Plan are focused on enhancing Weston’s resilience to a changing climate with a lens looks at both past trends and future projections, based on climate science.
View the outlines of three issues identified during the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness planning sessions and the associated actions and implementation strategies.
The 2020 Action Grant has resulted in Weston being able to create a Climate Action and Resilience Plan. This will be developed over the course of a year and will focus on enhancing our community resilience to these hazards and others.