EBC Climate Change Program: Lessons Learned from Massachusetts MVP Grant Program


Date: March 15, 2019


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


Environmental Business Council of New England

This EBC Climate program will provide EBC member companies and others with an opportunity to learn about ongoing municipal efforts to establish adaptation and resiliency programs developed under the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness grant program (MVP). This shared knowledge can then be practically applied to facilitate the development of resiliency programs with other municipal clients throughout New England.

The MVP Program was developed to provide support for cities and towns in Massachusetts in the planning and prioritization of local climate change resiliency projects.  For this EBC Climate Change program, Mia Mansfield, the Commonwealth’s Director of Climate Adaptation & Resiliency will provide an overview Commonwealth’s Climate Change Program and summarize the MVP program. In addition, other statewide efforts and future opportunities will be discussed.  Regional planning professionals will provide an overview of how the MVP program is moving forward. Representatives from selected participating municipalities will report on successes, findings, and lessons learned from the MVP process.

A moderated panel discussion including audience participation will follow the individual presentations.

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.

Final Agenda – Climate Change Program – Lessons Learned from Massachusetts MVP Grant Program


Program Co-Chairs:

  • David Billo, Office Manager, Sovereign Consulting
  • Joseph Famely, Project Manager / Environmental Scientist, Woods Hole Group
  • Tiffany Skogstrom, MPH, Outreach & Policy Analyst, Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance (OTA)


  • Anne Herbst, Senior Regional Environmental Planner, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)
  • Mia Mansfield, Director of Climate Adaptation & Resiliency, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Michele Paul, LSP, Director of Resilience and Environmental Stewardship, City of New Bedford
  • Emily Slotnick, AICP, CFM, Senior Planner, Environmental & Land Use, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
  • Andrew B. Smith, Director of Conservation, Holyoke Conservation & Sustainability

Attendee List

Sam Bell GZA Senior Resiliency Planner
Malwina Burzec Federal District Court Judicial Intern
Vallery Cardoso MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Climate Change Policy Analyst
Thomas Champion Consumers for Sensible Energy Communications
Julie Conroy Kleinfelder Project Manager
Gillian Davies BSC Group, Inc. Senior Wetland Scientist
Andrew Dennehy BETA Group, Inc. Associate
Jessica Deyoe CMBG3 Law Associate
Kathryn Edwards Arcadis Project Manager
Joshua Fawson Harvard University – EH&S Wastewater Programs Compliance Manager
Alexandra Fraher CMBG3 Law Associate
Susan Geelmuyden Dewberry Marketing Manager
Phil Hanna Davey Resource Group, Inc. Area Manager
Elizabeth Hanson The Cadmus Group Senior Analyst
Jason Hellendrung Tetra Tech Vice President
John Illingworth Mass OTA Environmential Analyst
Justin Kates City of Nashua, NH Director of Emergency Management
Lauren Miller CDM Smith Principal
Tom Morgan Town of Seabrook NH Town Planner
Dalia Munenzon One Architecture + Urbanism Associate
Emily Norton Charles River Watershed Association Executive Director
Danielle Poupon Seaside Prospects Risk Analyst
Kalinda Roberts Woods Hole Group Permitting Specialist/Environmental Scientist
Debra Shepard Riverstone Sustainability Principal / Owner
Matthew Skelly Fuss & O’Neill, Inc. Senior Transportation Engineer
Curt Spalding IBES, Brown University Professor of the Practice of Environment and Society
Bill Stendrup Davey Resource Group, Inc. Northeast & Mid-Atlantic Regional Business Development Manager
Jen Stevenson Climable.org Director of Research & Operations
John Sullivan Boston Water & Sewer Commission Chief Engineer
Scott Turner Nitsch Engineering, Inc. Director of Planning
Aaron Weieneth AECOM Manager of Climate Change and Resilience
Jerrard Whitten Merrimack Valley Planning Commission GIS/IT Manager

The available presentations from the EBC Climate Change Program: Lessons Learned from Massachusetts MVP Grant Program completed on March 15, 2019, can be viewed below.

Presentations – Climate Change Program – Lessons Learned from Massachusetts MVP Grant Program

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