The Town of Auburn recently completed the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) workshop. As a result of this workshop, the town has compiled a list of priority items that will help protect the town from climate change.

As part of the MVP process, Auburn is holding a public listening session April 8, 2019 at 6 PM that will take place in the Board of Selectmen’s room at the Town Hall, 104 Central Street, Auburn. The listening session is a chance for the public to learn about the MVP program and to hear the resulting priorities that were developed at the workshop.

The MVP workshop was a well-attended, all-day event at which 35 people including town management, facilitators, stakeholders, and four Auburn high school students who acted as scribes, participated. The Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness grant program provides support for cities and towns in Massachusetts to plan for resiliency and implement key climate change adaptation actions for resiliency. The state awards communities with funding to complete vulnerability assessments and develop action-oriented resiliency plans. Once Auburn becomes certified by the state as an MVP community, the town will be eligible for funding opportunities including MVP action grants, and advanced standing in other grant opportunities.

The Baker-Polito administration has made climate change adaptation and environmental protection a priority, recently directing $2.4 billion towards these initiatives.

“The Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program is the cornerstone of our administration’s efforts to work with communities on further reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting residents, municipalities and businesses from the impacts of climate change,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Municipalities are on the front lines of climate change, so we are proud to provide our communities the resources, data and planning tools they need to build resiliency to severe weather and other impacts.”

Ensuring Auburn is protected from natural hazards and the threat of climate change is a high priority for town management. Julie Jacobson, Auburn Town Manager, said, “We see this program as an important next step in preparing for storms and other hazards into the future.”

To learn more about the MVP listening session contact Adam Menard, Auburn Town Planner.