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

October 29, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 10:45 am
Fuss & O'Neill, Inc.
First Floor Conference Room
108 Myrtle Street, Quincy

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.

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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.

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

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

Program Details

Registration, Continental Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Individual Registration

If registration occurs  ——–> Through October 25 After October 25
EBC Member: $70 $90
Non-Member: $100 $120
Government/Non-Profit: $25 $25

Group Registration
For EBC Members only – register five attendees for the price of four!
Discount will automatically be applied during online registration.

Fine Print
Cancellations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 25 for a refund. No-shows will be charged. Please keep in mind that online registration for this program will close at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, October 28. Walk-in registration is accepted at the door.


Subsidized Registration

EBC Members Only – Ascending Professional Rate: $25
Attendees who have worked in the environmental/energy sector for less than 10 years.

Job Seeker Rate: $25
For attendees currently seeking employment, not for those currently self-employed.