EBC Ocean and Coastal Resources Program: Municipal Vulnerability Assessments for Coastal Communities


Date: October 29, 2019


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


Environmental Business Council of New England

The Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program provides support for cities and towns in Massachusetts to begin the process of planning for climate change resiliency and implementing priority projects. Communities who complete the MVP program become certified as an MVP community and are eligible for MVP Action Grant funding and other opportunities.

Specifically, the MVP Action Grant offers financial resources to municipalities that are seeking to advance priority adaptation actions to address climate change impacts resulting from extreme weather, sea level rise, inland and coastal flooding, and severe heat, for example. Projects that may be awarded funding through the MVP Action Grant program include, for instance, detailed vulnerability and risk assessments; public education and communication efforts; revisions to or creation of local bylaws, ordinances, or plans; infrastructure and facility redesigns or retrofits; and ecological restoration and habitat management in order to increase resiliency, among others.

This EBC Ocean and Coastal Resources program will focus on MVP Action Grant opportunities in coastal communities. Presenters will detail their experiences and thoughts regarding the MVP program and Action Grant process, including how their communities determined which projects to advance through this program and how they achieved the required matching fund.

The program will conclude with a robust panel discussion between attendees and the speakers.

Participants on the panel discussion will include two of the newly appointed regional coordinators for the Municipal Preparedness Program for the Commonwealth:

  • Courtney Rocha, Regional Municipal Vulnerability Coordinator for Southeast Region
  • Carolyn Meklenburg, Regional Municipal Vulnerability Coordinator for Greater Boston

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this meeting (2.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.

Final Agenda – Ocean and Coastal Resources Program – Municipal Vulnerability Assessments


Program Chair:

  • Stacy Minihane, Senior Associate, Beals and Thomas, Inc.

Speaker Agenda:

Using MVP to “Make Things Happen”

  • Mary Monahan, Associate | Director of Business Development, Fuss & O’Neill, Inc.

Detailed Vulnerability/Risk Assessments using MC-FRM: Helping Coastal Communities Prioritize Adaptation Investments      

  • Joseph Famely, Senior Environmental Scientist, Woods Hole Group

NB Resilient: New Bedford’s Climate Adaptation and Resilience Action Plan

  • Michele Paul, Director of Environmental Stewardship, City of New Bedford, MA

Resilience Action Plan for the Town of Scituate

  • Brad Washburn, Director of Planning and Development, Town of Scituate, MA

Panel Moderator:

  • Mary Kate Schneeweis, Environmental Specialist, Beals and Thomas, Inc.


  • Joseph Famely, Woods Hole Group
  • Carolyn Meklenburg, Mass EOEEA
  • Mary Monahan, Fuss & O’Neill
  • Michele Paul, City of New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Courtney Rocha, Mass EOEEA
  • Brad Washburn, Town of Scituate, Massachusetts

Attendee List

Paul Caron, Paul E Caron, Associates President
Julie Conroy, Kleinfelder, Project Manager, Climate Change Team
Brian Cullinan, BSC Group, Civil Designer
Sam Godin, Fuss & O’Neill
Jenny Hook, Aon, Environmental Regional Director
Coleman Horsley, Nitsch Engineering, Senior Project Designer
Mary Beth Irwin, BETA Group, Inc., Engineering Designer
Danielle Iuliucci, GES, Project Scientist
Keith Johnson, Haley & Aldrich, Inc., Vice President
Christopher Lucas, Lucas Environmental, LLC, Principal
Carolyn Meklenburg, MA Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs, MVP Regional Coordinator for Greater Boston
David Murphy, Tighe & Bond, VP
Courtney Rocha, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Municipal Vulnerability Coordinator
Frank Stone, New Ecology, Inc., Project Manager
David Theodore, Climate Resilient Internet, LLC, Co-founder & CTO
Scott Turner, Environmental Partners Group, Inc., Director of Planning
Craig Wood, ESS Group, Inc, Principle Scientist

The available presentations from the EBC Ocean and Coastal Resources Program: Municipal Vulnerability Assessments for Coastal Communities completed on October 29, 2019, can be viewed below.

Final Presentations – EBC Ocean and Coastal Resources Program: Municipal Vulnerability Assessments for Coastal Communities

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