WRENTHAM — Town Administrator Kevin Sweet is pleased to announce that the Town of Wrentham has received a grant from the Baker-Polito Administration to build climate resilience in town.
The Town has received a $113,344 municipal climate resilience grant for the Climate Resilience and Low Impact Development Regulatory Integration and Town-wide Green Infrastructure Plan.
Awarded by the Baker-Polito Administration’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program, which is administered by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), these competitive grants support cities and towns in identifying climate hazards, developing strategies to improve resilience, and implementing priority actions to adapt to climate change.
Wrentham is one of 66 communities and regional partnerships to have received action-grant funding in the latest round of applications.
Building on Wrentham’s climate resilience planning process completed in 2018, these funds will allow Wrentham to update the local land use bylaws and regulations with the goal of increasing climate resilience with the implementation of stormwater green infrastructure, a green infrastructure assessment and community engagement targeting private property owners around the three major lakes in Town.
Wrentham identified these projects as urgent and necessary in its efforts to address ongoing climate change impacts.
Community members interested in getting involved in the process can contact Director of Planning & Community Development Rachel Benson at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 508-384-5441.
“We are very grateful to the Baker-Polito Administration for awarding us this highly-competitive grant,” Town Administrator Sweet said. “Climate change is a critical issue for all of us, and the Town of Wrentham will continue to do what we can to address it at the local level.”
About the Program:
The MVP program has awarded over $65 million in funding and technical support to communities across the state. With this year’s awards, 93% of Massachusetts cities and towns, or 328 municipalities in total, are enrolled.
Created in 2017 as part of Governor Baker’s Executive Order 569, the MVP program pairs local leadership and knowledge with a significant investment of resources and funding from the Commonwealth to address ongoing climate change impacts like sea level rise, inland flooding, storms, and extreme temperatures.