The Healey-Driscoll Administration recently announced $31.5 million in grants for “climate resilience implementation and planning throughout Massachusetts,” via the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Grant Program. Since 2017, MVP has provided communities with funding and technical assistance so that municipalities throughout the Commonwealth can identify climate hazards, assess their vulnerabilities, and develop action plans.
In this round of awards, $28.5 million was allocated for local implementation (Action Grant) projects specifically – 79 projects led by 56 individual municipalities, 16 regional groups, two water districts, and one Tribe.
BSC Group is thrilled to announce that it will be supporting four Action Grant projects which showcase a diverse range of proactive climate strategies centered around equity and nature-based solutions.
|Devens (& Ayer)
|Taking Root: Expanding the Ayer-Devens Pocket Forest Project
|The Resilient and Accessible Habitat at River Green on the Malden River Project
|Fitchburg (& Leominster, Groton, Pepperell, Ashburnham)
|Nashua River Watershed Natural Solutions Action Project
|Rockport Coastal Resilience Planning Project
BSC Group will serve as the lead consultant for the Rockport and Everett projects and is a partner in the Ayer-Devens and Nashua River Watershed projects.
The Town of Rockport’s Chair of the Board of Selectmen, Sarah Wilkinson, noted that, “The Town of Rockport is deeply thankful to the MVP Program, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA), Governor Healey, and Lieutenant Governor Driscoll for the award. Our project centers around the efficacy of equity-centered planning, nature-based solutions, and cross-sector relationship building. We’re proud of the collaboration we displayed in getting the grant application prepared – such as how representatives of our working waterfront, advocacy groups, local small businesses, and emergency management groups (to name a few) worked closely with the Town, BSC Group, and each other – collaboration which will continue as we move the project forward. We hope our project eventually serves as a model for implementing nature-based solutions in other coastal communities as well as communities with commercial fisheries.”
BSC Group is proud to be promoting sustained engagement and commitment on addressing climate challenges in partnership with communities; many of the awarded projects build on work conducted in the past 5-10 years.