In 2017, the Town of Natick began the process of planning for climate adaptation and resiliency.
With the help of funding from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program, the Town is working to complete vulnerability assessments and develop action-oriented resiliency plans. At the center of Natick's planning process were a series of Community Resilience Building Workshops that occurred in October 2017. The workshops engaged more than 50 community members, including representatives from Public Safety, Public Works, private businesses such as the Natick Mall, and nonprofits such as Mass Audubon and the Natick Service Council, who provided expertise and on-the-ground insight into the local infrastructure, societal and economic impacts of climate change.
The workshop resulted in a list of prioritized actions the Town plans to pursue moving forward, which is posted with the draft report here. The community was invited to review this information and share its thoughts during a public listening session on May 16, 2018 at 7:30pm at the Community Senior Center.
For more information, please contact Jillian Wilson Martin, Sustainability Coordinator at email@example.com
Community Resilience Building Report & Recommended Actions
In May 2018, Natick was awarded approximately $65,000 to complete three MVP Action Grant projects from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. These projects will make progress on the priority actions identified in Natick's Community Resiliency Building Report and will focus on:
Developing a tree planting plan to mitigate heat islands and reduce stormwater runoff
Conducting a water conservation educational campaign in conjunction with the launch of the Town's new WaterSmart technology platform
Developing Low Impact Development (LID) zoning regulations