Mass ECAN January News


Mass ECAN January News

Looking forward to advancing climate adaptation with all of you in 2019!
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Feel free to pass this message along to colleagues and encourage them to join us. At any point, you can reach out to with ideas about what our Network should tackle in 2019.


Melissa Ocana
Climate Adaptation Coordinator, UMass Amherst

Mass ECAN Member Spotlight
Every month, we'll highlight someone in our community of practice so you can learn about the variety of adaptation work going on and "meet" a new colleague!
Kimberly Noake MacPhee
Land Use & Natural Resources Program Manager,
Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG)

Bio: Kimberly is a registered Professional Geologist and Certified Floodplain Manager with over 25 years of private and public sector work experience. Her work with Franklin County towns includes green infrastructure for stormwater management, fluvial geomorphology and erosion hazards, natural hazard mitigation, climate change, and watershed-scale planning. She holds a B.A. in Geology from Smith College and a M.A. from Boston University’s Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, where her work focused on water resources management, environmental law, and land use planning.

Climate change adaptation project she's currently excited about: the River Corridor Mapping and Corridor Management Toolkit she is developing for the HUC 8 Deerfield River Watershed. This project builds on almost a decade of work that Kimberly has been doing in the watershed, using the Vermont Rivers Program as inspiration. This current project used a previously developed protocol to map the corridor for the Green River and developed a toolkit that includes a River Corridor Easement, model River Corridor Protection Overlay Zoning District, and a model hybrid Floodplain/River Corridor model.


Funding opportunity - Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) FY19 Planning Grant RFR has been released. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until May 3rd or until all funds have been awarded. Anticipated funding amounts of $15,000 - $100,000 per municipality award.

Job - Program Assistant (PT - Temporary), American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP), preference for Cambridge. Exciting opportunity to support capacity-building activities for ASAP members!

News - Baker-Polito Administration Proposal for New Climate Adaptation Programs, Local Aid Proposals for Fiscal Year 2020 - including proposed funding for cities and towns to invest in climate-smart infrastructure and support other initiatives to help build resilient communities including assistance for investments identified through the MVP program, such as nature-based solutions.

Conference - Registration is open for the Mass Association of Conservation Commissions Annual Environmental Conference on Mar. 2. Check out climate adaptation sessions with Mass ECAN members on:

  • Climate Resilience and MVP: Planning, Funding, Implementation
  • Resilient Land Use and Zoning Policies
  • New Massachusetts State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan
  • Climate Adaptation to Protect Species & Ecosystems

Conference - National Adaptation Forum, Apr. 23-25 in Madison, WI. Volunteer applications are being accepted here. Volunteers receive free registration! The full Program will be announced soon! Early bird registration ends March 1st.

Event - The R Word: Retreat, Relocation, and Resilience, by Sustainable Solutions Lab and Environmental Building Council of New England. March 1, 8-11:30am, UMass Club, Boston.

Webinar- Antioch University New England's Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience's next webinar is on Built- Environment - Resilient Water Features. January 24th from 12:00 - 1:15. Register here.

Webinar - Climate Change and Toxic Hazards: Preparing for Before, During, and After the Storm - Part 1: Before the Storm by the Collaborative on Health and Environment and the Boston University Superfund Research Program Partnership. January 24th at 10am. 

Job - Climate Change Resiliency Specialist, MBTA.


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