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 firstname.lastname@example.org
FY 2019 Projects
In Fiscal 2019, 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 made progress on the priority actions identified in Natick’s Community Resiliency Building Report and focused on:
- Developing a tree planting plan to mitigate heat islands and reduce stormwater runoff. This project identified key heat islands in Natick and more than 400 tree planting opportunities. 300 property owners were contacted and invited to participate in Natick’s Street Trees program.
- Conducting a water conservation educational campaign in conjunction with the launch of the Town’s new WaterSmart technology platform. This effort led to the registration of more than 20% of residential water customers who now receive leak alerts and guidance on water conservation strategies based on their usage profile.
- Developing Low Impact Development (LID) zoning regulations. This project led to an update of Natick’s stormwater bylaw and will result in future proposals to revise zoning regulations for Natick’s Aquifer Protection District and other areas of the Zoning Bylaw.